Death (of a museum) and taxes

While Safra Square may be happy about the Palace Hotel takeover, other neighbors of the Palace are less than pleased. Mira Dror, director of the adjacent Museum of Taxes, is one of them. "The museum is only open two days a week, and then only by appointment. At this stage we have no budget, no computer, no phone. The only thing the government pays for is rent. Having to move as a result of the takeover will mean almost certain closure. And things like this that close temporarily - don't open again." The eclectic collection, that relates Israel's history through its tax laws and documents, has been open for 41 years. Dror has been working there for eight of them. "All these years, it's been in the right location - opposite the Ministry of Labor and Industry," says Dror. "We get a wide variety of visitors. People think its just accountants, but often people come from the department of The Land of Israel studies, looking for something for their research. I help them uncover photos, files, documents. "It's an important museum," says Dror. "But since the Labor and Trade Ministry left, I'm fighting for its life." The contract for the police offices, also located in the Duty House, ends, Dror believes, in 2006. She believes the museum will be ousted shortly thereafter. "I'm holding on to it with my fingernails."