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:
- 1948 - Palestinians are violently expelled from their homes and land in West Jerusalem.
- 1948 to Present - Most Palestinians from W Jerusalem are prohibited from returning to W Jerusalem, even for a visit.
- 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