This building might look really good, but perching it atop an Arab cemetery and destroying the burial ground in the process looks really bad…
|Proposed Museum of Tolerance, Jerusalem|
Moreover, the irony in the name is too palpable for words. This is one of those cases, I think, where despite the reality—that the area has been a parking lot, and the cemetery declared disused by the Muslim descendants of those buried there—such a high-profile project, funded by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, might have found a less symbolic plot of land on which to site the building. Simon might well be squirming in his grave.
Three cheers for the 84 international archaeologists who’re decrying the project and begging for it to be relocated.