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Disrespect Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem at Israel's peril

There is good news today regarding a dangerous project in Jerusalem: famed architect Frank Gehry pulled out of a plan to build a "Museum of Tolerance" on top of an ancient Muslim cemetery.

APN repeatedly called on the Simon Wiesenthal Center to move the planned museum to another site. Now that Gehry has backed out we have a new opportunity to get the Wiesenthal Center to do the right thing.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center's insistence - thus far - on building this museum on top of graves is appalling. This is the same organization that draws its moral authority from the Holocaust, and does its work in the name of a man who worked tirelessly to bring the guilty to justice.

Construction on this site is also dangerous: The opening of a tunnel in Jerusalem's Old City a decade ago inflamed passions that led to unrest in which nearly 100 people died, including 16 Israeli soldiers. This planned museum has already sparked riots.

Click here to tell the Wiesenthal Center to do the right thing and find a new location for the Museum of Tolerance.

Frank Gehry's exit from the project provides the Wiesenthal Center a face-saving way to reconsider its plans.
 
Gehry takes with him his ambitious blueprint for the structure, bringing the museum back to the drawing board.

Now is the time to contact the Wiesenthal Center and urge them to find a different site in Jerusalem to build a true museum of tolerance.

Click here to tell the Wiesenthal Center to do the right thing and find a new location for the Museum of Tolerance.

APN put pressure on the Simon Wiesenthal Center in the past to change course. We published articles. We circulated a petition of moral voices from America and Israel. Many APN activists wrote letters. Now that Gehry has backed out we have a new opportunity to get the Wiesenthal Center to do the right thing.

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