Palestinians turn to UN on J'lem museum

Rights groups oppose building tolerance museum on top of Muslim cemetery.

Tolerance Museum site Jerusalem 311 (photo credit: AP)
Tolerance Museum site Jerusalem 311
(photo credit: AP)
Palestinian and international human rightsactivists have petitioned the United Nations to stop the constructionof a new Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem, on what is claimed to be the site of an ancient Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem.
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.
TheWiesenthal Center, which is building the museum, says the graves would not beaffected as construction will occur on a site that already contains aparking lot.
JTA contributed to this report