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Museum on cemetery site angers Israel’s Muslims
BY Joel Greenberg / Chicago Tribune / February 12, 2006
JERUSALEM — Behind a 15-foot-high metal wall, coils of razor wire, teams of security guards and surveillance cameras, a controversial building project is under way in the heart of Jerusalem.
Archaeological salvage workers are digging up hundreds of skeletons in a disused, centuries-old Muslim cemetery that is the site of an ambitious initiative of the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center: construction of the Center for Human Dignity — Museum of Tolerance Jerusalem.
The imposing $150 million complex — designed by the prominent American architect Frank Gehry — will include a museum, conference and education centers, a library and a theater, all dedicated to promoting tolerance in Israel and abroad, planners say.