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Muslim Protest 021010

Muslim Protest 021010

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Published by Leslie Dutton
Press Release Center For Constitutional Rights/Muslim Protest of Museum Of Tolerance Expansion in Israel:
Press Release Center For Constitutional Rights/Muslim Protest of Museum Of Tolerance Expansion in Israel:

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Published by: Leslie Dutton on Feb 17, 2010
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JamesLafferty,323.653.4510 JenNessel,212.614.6449,jnessel@ccljustice.org DavidLerner,RiptideCommunications,212.260.5000
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DescendantstoFileProtestwithUnitedNationsoverIsraeli PlanstoBuildon
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February8,2010,LosAngeles,NewYork,Jerusalem,Geneva-
ThisWednesday,February10,patties. involvedwithdefendinga12thCenturyMuslimcemeteryfromdesecrationbyIsraeliauthoritiesand developerswillbringtheircasetotheUnitedNationsandholdpressconferencesinLosAngeles, GenevaandJerusalem.ThefilingwilltakeplaceinGeneva;thecemetery,MamanAllah,isin Jerusalem;andtheSimonWiesenthalCenter,whichhasplanstobuildaMuseumofToleranceonthe site,isbasedinLosAngeles.TheCenterforConstitutionalRightsinNewYorkisrepresenting descendants,including60signatoriesfrom15oftheoldestJerusalemfamilieswithancestorsgoing backtothe12thcentury..ThiswillbethefirstknowntimePalestinianindividualshavetakencollectiveactionagainstIsraelto bringsuchanissuebeforeaUNforumandcomesafterallremediesinIsraelwereexhausted.The families,NGO'sandattorneysarguethedesecrationofthecemeteryviolatesinternationalconventions protectingculturalheritage,themanifestationofreligiousbeliefs,andtherighttofamily.Theplanto buildaMuseumofToleranceovertheremainsofimportantMuslimfiguresandmen,womenand childrenburiedthereoverthecourseofmorethaneighthundredyearshasfacedwidespread oppositionfromMuslim,ChristianandJewishpersonalitiesinIsrael,Palestineandaroundtheworld. FrankGehry,theoriginalarchitectforthemuseum,haswithdrawnhisdesignsandhisparticipationin theproject.
LOSANGELESPRESSCONFERENCEDETAILS: WHEN:
10:30AM.,Wednesday,February10,2010
 
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WHERE:SimonWiesenthalMuseumofTolerance,9786WestPicoBlvd.,LosAngeles,CA90035 WHO:Attorney_lariaLaHood,JewYork-basedCenterforConstitutionalRights;attomey LeonardWeinglassNewYork-basedcivilrightsattorney;LosAngelesRabbiLeonardBeerman;* LosAngelesRabbiStevenJacobs;StanleySheinbaum,long-timeL.A.Jewishcivicleaoerand- formerPresidentoftheL.A.PoliceCommission;HussamAyloush,ExecutiveDirector,Southem CalifomiaC.A.I.R..;ShakeelSyed,ExecutiveDirector,SouthemCalifomiaShuraCouncil;Pasadena- basedRev.GeorgeRegasfounderandPresidentoftheRegasInstitute;andJamesLafferty, ExecutiveDirectoroftheationalLawyersGuildinLosAngelesandthehostofthispress conference. (Thefollowingpersons,andothers,willbeappearingateitherthepressconference
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Genevaor Jerusalem:ProfessorGeorgesAbiSaabHonoraryProfessorofInternationalLawattheGraduate InstituteofInternationalandDevelopmentStudies,Geneva,Switzerland. Mr.PatriceMugny,AdministratieCounselor,DepartmentofCulture,CityofGeneva,Switzerland Ms.RaniaMadi,GenevaCoordinatorBADILResourceCenter,Ramallah,Palestine. Ms.YaelLerner,Publisher,Al-AndalusPublishingHouse,Tel-Aviv,Israel.) Formoreinformationonlocationsandtimes,contactDavidLerneratRiptideCommunications,
212.2-60.5000.
TheCenterforConstitutionalRightsisdedicatedto-advancingandprotectingtherightsguaranteedby theUnitedStatesConstitutionandtheUniversalDeclarationofHumanRights.Foundedin1966by attomeyswhorepresentedcivilrightsmovementsintheSouth,CCRisanon-profitlegaland educationalorganizationcommittedtothecreativeuseoflawasapositiveforceforsocialchange. Visit
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DescendantsFileProtestwithUnitedNationsoverIsraeliPlanstoBuildon
12th
CenturyMuslimCemetery
SimonWiesentltalCenterIntends"MuseumofTolerance"forSiteDespiteDesecration
February10,2010,LosAngeles,NewYork,Jerusalem,Geneva-
Today,partiesdefendinga
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CenturyMuslimcemeteryandholysitefromdesecrationbyIsraeliauthoritiesandaU.S.developerbroughttheircasetotheUnitedNationsandheldpressconferencesinGeneva,JerusalemandLosAngeles.Thefilingofthe"PetitionforUrgentActiononHumanRightsViolationsbyIsrael: Desecrationof
Ma'manAllab
(Mamilla)MuslimCemeteryintheHolyCityofJerusalem,"took placeinGeneva;thecemetery,MamanAllah(alsoknownasMamilla),isinJerusalem;andtheSimonWiesenthalCenter,whichhasplanstobuildaMuseumofToleranceonthesite,isbasedinLos Angeles.TheCenterforConstitutionalRightsinNewYorkisrepresentingdescendants,including60signatoriesfrom15oftheoldestJerusalemfamilieswithancestorsgoingbacktothe12thcentury.ThePetitionmaybeconsultedatwww.mamillacampaign.org.SaidStanleySheinbaum,JewishleaderinLosAngelesandformerPresidentoftheLosAngeles PoliceCommission,"InregardtotheproposedconstructionofanewSimonWiesenthalCenteronthe; ancientMamillaCemetery,IwouldwithgreatrespectforbothPalestiniansandIsraelissuggestthat IsraeligovernmentalauthoritiesseekoutanalternativebuildingsiteuponwhichtobuildtheMuseumofTolerance.Itseemstomethattodesecratehundredsofhumanremainsonthissacredburialsiteinordertobuildacenterdedicatedtotoleranceisparticularlyironic." "ThecallousdisregardforthemostbasicvaluesoftoleranceinvolvedinbuildingthismuseuminthemostancientandreveredMuslimcemeteryinJerusalemisnotjustanaffrontbytheSimonWiesenthal CentertothemanyJerusalemiteswhosefamilies,likemyown,havehadancestorsburiedtherefor manycenturies,"saidRashidKhalidi,EdwardSaidProfessorofArabStudiesDepartmentofHistory atColumbiaUniversityinNewYork."Itisalsoablatantviolationoftheethical,moralandlegal .responsibilitiesoftheIsraeligovernment,whichitselfrepeatedlyprotestedthedesecrationofancient JewishcemeteriesinJerusalembetween1948and1967."

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