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The Center for Human Dignity is the Simon Wiesenthal Center-planned Museum of Tolerance over Mamilla Cemetery at the center of West Jerusalem between Zion Square and the neighbourhood of Mamilla. The construction of the approximately 200-million dollar Museum began in June 2005 and was expected to be finished in 2007. After controversy concerning its location on an ancient Muslim burial site came to head, its construction was frozen by a Supreme Court order issued on February 2006. In November 2008, the Israeli Supreme Court decided to allow construction to proceed, noting that this corner of the cemetery had been transformed into a parking lot "as long ago as the 1960s" and that Jerusalem has been inhabited for roughly 4,000 years, and many ancient sites have been built over.
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Museum of Tolerance, Jerusalem

Museum of tolerance Jerusalem Israel. The Center, designed by Frank Gehry, is to include a museum, a theater, a conference hall, a library, and an educational center. The design of the Center is seen as unique for Israel and, as such, had seen many opponents and proponents. It is noted for its unusual amorphic shape as well as its glass and titanium coating, similar to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. One reporter has described it as "supernatural edifice resembling nothing so much as a crab in the process of hatching a sapphire spider with huge, glassy eyes. It is neither beautiful nor ugly; it is striking and odd."

The Center for Human Dignity Jerusalem

�This museum is more than a building, it is an eternal message of understanding, togetherness, and unity.�
- Shimon Peres, President of Israel
The Simon Wiesenthal Center Israel's office was established to locate and help bring to justice Nazi war criminals around the world. As Nazi war criminal legislation did not exist in many countries, the Simon Wiesenthal Center played a pivotal role in convincing foreign governments to pass laws enabling the prosecution of Nazi war criminals. Hundreds of suspects in more than a dozen countries were apprehended as a result of these efforts. Over the years, this has expanded to include the fight for historical truth in many of the countries where the Holocaust took place and the ongoing efforts to combat the growing tide of antisemitism.
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