Do Unto Others focuses on the Middle East, (nonviolent) social movements, and how I make sense of my place in the world. I'm currently based in Cairo, Egypt doing peacebuilding and community development.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The 'Museum of Tolerance' is being built by digging up Muslim graves

This story has really been going on for sometime. I have been following the attempts to build a Museum of Tolerance in West Jerusalem over the top of a Muslim cemetery that dates back to the 12th century. The Israeli Supreme Court approved the project, despite appeals, and now a secondary appeal is going to the United Nations, asking for the cemetery to be declared a World Heritage site so that the ancient Muslim inhabitants of Jerusalem can remain in their graves.

But seriously, it sounds like satire. A Museum of Tolerance in a Jewish neighborhood, being built by digging up Muslim remains. Are you kidding me? Museum of T-O-L-E-R-A-N-C-E?!?!

Here's a great clip from Democracy Now that really explains the situation:

So here's the order of events:
  1. 1948 - Palestinians are violently expelled from their homes and land in West Jerusalem.
  2. 1948 to Present - Most Palestinians from W Jerusalem are prohibited from returning to W Jerusalem, even for a visit.
  3. 2010 - Any memory or remaining emblem of those Palestinian Muslims that used to live in W Jerusalem will now be erased, thanks to the generous spirit of the Museum of Tolerance

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