Palestinians appeal to UN on Jerusalem cemetery

GENEVA — Palestinian and international human rightsactivists have petitioned the United Nations to stop the constructionof a museum on top of a Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem.

Campaigners say the planned Museum of Tolerance would disturb centuries-old graves.

Rania Madi of the Palestinian group BADIL says activists have exhausted their efforts in Israeli courts.

Shetold reporters in Geneva on Wednesday that campaigners are now turningto the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for help.

Any response from the UN's top rights official would be symbolic and not legally binding.

TheSimon Wiesenthal Center is building the museum and says graves won't beaffected as construction will occur on a site that already contains aparking lot.

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