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For Immediate Release
22 April 2004

Action Alert: Demand Schwarzenegger Cancel Trip to Jerusalem Museum of "Tolerance" To Be Built on Stolen Palestinian Land

On May 2nd 2004 California State Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is scheduled to take part in a groundbreaking ceremony for a museum that will be built on Palestinian land in Jerusalem stolen by Israel from its rightful owners. The project is funded by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which designated the museum to be a "Museum of Tolerance" to promote "civility and tolerance among Jews, and between Jews and non-Jews, including Arabs."

Since the site for the museum will be on confiscated Palestinian land, calling it a "Museum of Tolerance" is blatantly hypocritical. Additionally, the Simon Wiesenthal Center advocates an exclusively Jewish State and considers "dangerous" the demand for the implementation of the inalienable right of Palestinian refugees to return to their original homes and lands from which they were dispossessed by Israel. This natural, legal and moral right to return is enshrined the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Law and numerous UN resolutions.


Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition in California calls on all people of conscience to phone and write to California State Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to demand that he cancel his planned trip to Jerusalem immediately.


  • The proposed site for the so called "Museum of Tolerance" is on confiscated Palestinian land. This land must be returned to its rightful owners.
  • The primary fiscal sponsor of the museum is the Simon Weisenthal Center. This is hardly the sort of organization capable of producing a "Museum of Tolerance" since the Weisenthal Center advocacy for an exclusive Jewish Israeli State is well known. The Weisenthal Center's position on the inalienable rights of Palestinian refugees is contrary to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Law and numerous UN resolutions.
  • Governor Schwarzenegger should cancel his trip to Jerusalem forthwith.

Please call, email and write to:
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814, USA
Phone: 916-445-2841
Fax: 916-445-4633
[email protected]

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This alert was produced by Al-Awda's chapters in:
Los Angeles
San Diego
and San Francisco


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