|The First Art Newspaper on the Net
||Established in 1996
|| Friday, November 17, 2017
|Israeli Government Gives Go-Ahead to Museum of Tolerance Opposed by Muslims|
The cordoned off construction site of a museum dedicated to tolerance and coexistence, is seen from above, in downtown Jerusalem. Israeli Interior Ministry spokeswoman Efrat Orbach said Wednesday, July 13, 2011 that a final approval has been given to build the museum, over a centuries-old Muslim graveyard in the Jewish western half of Jerusalem. The project is being sponsored by the U.S.-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish organization named for a famous Nazi hunter. The irony of a Jewish-sponsored Museum of Tolerance going up in part on a Muslim cemetery has made the project a target for critics since it was announced in 2003. AP Photo/Dan Balilty.
By: Amy Teibel, Associated Press
JERUSALEM (AP).- The Israeli government has approved a Jewish group's plan to build a museum over a centuries-old Muslim graveyard in Jerusalem, an official confirmed Wednesday, in the final go-ahead for a project delayed for years by Muslim opposition.
The bitter wrangle over construction of the Museum of Tolerance reflects the explosive potential of religion-based disputes in Jerusalem, where Jews and Muslims often play down the other side's historical ties to the city. The museum, which is meant to promote coexistence, is a project of a U.S.-based Jewish group, the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
Israel's Interior Ministry granted a building permit on Tuesday and construction can begin immediately, said Efrat Orbach, a ministry spokeswoman.
Although permits are usually granted by a municipality, authority was transferred to the government ministry due to the sensitivity of this case, Orbach said Wednesday.
Muslims sought to stop the project on religious grounds, saying the old graves must not be desecrated. Israelis charged that with their opposition to the museum, certain Muslim groups were trying to establish a political foothold in the Jewish part of Jerusalem.
The project is located in west Jerusalem, which is populated mostly by Jews and has been under Israeli control since the state was founded in 1948, unlike east Jerusalem, captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war but claimed by Palestinians as their capital.
The Wiesenthal Center, named for a famous Nazi hunter, is modeling the new museum after its existing one in Los Angeles.
Spokesmen for the project and the Islamic Movement were not available for comment Wednesday.
The irony of a Jewish-sponsored Museum of Tolerance going up in part on a Muslim cemetery has made the project a target for critics since it was announced in 2003.
Israel's Islamic Movement and other groups tried to block it by appealing to the Supreme Court. The court rejected their petition in 2008, noting that Israel has more archaeological sites per square mile than any other country in the world, and buildings are often constructed over graves.
Instead, the court ordered excavators to remove the graves and bones they unearthed to an alternate location located along the perimeter of the construction site, but outside the area where the museum is to be built.
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish groups often demonstrate and riot at Israeli construction sites where they claim ancient Jewish graves were once located, often forcing changes in building plans.
The Wiesenthal Center notes that when the British ruled the area before Israel's creation, local Islamic leaders granted religious dispensation to move graves in the cemetery to clear the way for a business center, hotel and park, which were never built. The Islamic Movement rejects the validity of that ruling.
The saga of the cemetery took a bizarre turn last year when Israeli authorities accused Muslims, who had been cleaning and restoring graves at the cemetery, of faking hundreds of graves to reinforce their claim on the site. Municipal authorities destroyed new tombstones that the Islamic Movement put up on what it claimed were old graves.
The Islamic Movement denied that it faked the graves.
Yitzhak Reiter, a historian who has been following the controversy, estimated in an interview with Israel Radio that remains from 400 graves have been removed. There are hundreds more in the cemetery, but not in the section where the museum is to be built, he said.
Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.
July 14, 2011
Italian Officials Unveil a Massive Statue Believed to Be of Roman Emperor Caligula
Chinese Contemporary Warriors Stand in Formation at the Milwaukee Art Museum
Smithsonian Astronomer Finds Evolved Stars Locked in Fatalistic Dance
Marc Pachter to Serve as Acting Director of National Museum of American History
Outspoken Artist Ai Weiwei's Design Firm Told It Has Not Paid Corporate Taxes
Rules of Football Sell for £881,250; Jane Austen Manuscript for Novel Sells
National Maritime Museum in London Opens New £35 Million Sammy Ofer Wing
Online Community Participates in Brooklyn Museum's Latest Exhibition "Split Second"
Custom Billy Haines Furnishings from the Brody Collection to Highlight Christie's Interiors Sale
Alexander Calder's Horizontal Permanently Installed in Front of Centre Pompidou
Sotheby's London to Sell a Group of 20th Century British Art from The Dartington Hall Trust Collection
Historian Barry Landau, Accused of Maryland Historical Society Theft, Faces Trial
Summer Exhibition at Alan Cristea Gallery Focuses on the Work of Royal Academicians
Texas Artist's Work Hurtling through Space with Atlantis
Eiffel Tower: A Part of the Legend Enters the Sorgente Collection
Czech Abstract Painter Zdenek Sykora, Known for Computer Geometrical Paintings, Dies
Berlin's University of Arts Says Recently Freed Artist Ai Weiwei Accepts Job Offer
Israeli Government Gives Go-Ahead to Museum of Tolerance Opposed by Muslims
Fotoevidence Announces Publication of Bronx Boys Photographs by Stephen Shames
Florence Ostende Announced as New Adjunct Curator at Dallas Contemporary
Thai Authorities Find Smuggled Methamphetamine Shaped as Handicraft Art
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute's Ira Rubinoff to Receive the Smithsonian's Highest Honor
Director of Tate Liverpool, Dr. Christoph Grunenberg, Concludes Ten Successful Years
Jimi Guitar Strap, Jackson Glove Offered by Gotta Have It! Collectibles Inc.
Triumphant Sales at Masterpiece London 2011 Herald a Superb End to the Fair
Most Popular Last Seven Days
1.- Grasshopper found embedded in van Gogh masterpiece at Nelson-Atkins
2.- Scientists discover a mysterious, plane-sized 'void' in Great Pyramid in Egypt
3.- The largest collection of Viking artifacts on display in North America comes to the Royal Ontario Museum
4.- Rafael Soriano opens at Frost Art Museum FIU: Kicks off Miami's Art Basel season
5.- Cleveland Museum of Art releases new strategic plan
6.- Exhibition tells the story of the artists who fled to Britain to escape war in France
7.- Zahi Hawass criticises pyramid void 'discovery'
8.- French court to rule on Nazi-looted Pissarro painting
9.- Clark Art Institute exhibition studies less-explored aspects of Impressionist works
10.- Exhibitions in Germany and Switzerland present works from the Gurlitt Estate
Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .
|Royalville Communications, Inc|
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.