Arabs Rally Against Construction of Jerusalem Museum on Muslim Cemetery

Islamic Movement head calls on Obama to intervene against work being done 'with money of American Jews.'

Hundreds of Palestinians and Israeli Arabs rallied on Thursday at the ruins of a Muslim graveyard in Jerusalem, where the city's new Museum of Tolerance is slated to be built.

The protesters were demonstrating against a Supreme Court ruling which gave the green light to resume immediate construction, following a hiatus of more than two years.

"We have come to tell the world, on behalf of all the Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank, Israel and the Diaspora ? we will not put up with this," said Sheikh Kamal Khatib, chairman of the Islamic Movement's northern branch.

"We will not forgive the defilement of the graves of our mothers, fathers and grandparents. We will not tolerate the construction of the Museum of Tolerance," he added.

Khatib also called on the American president-elect Barack Obama to intervene, saying that the construction was "being done with the money of American Jews."

He also referred to Obama's address to AIPAC a few months ago, in which he vowed that Jerusalem would remain undivided under Israeli sovereignty, a statement which he later renounced.

"It's not up to you to decide," he said. "We, Palestinian Arabs, Christian and Muslim, tell you that Jerusalem will be the capital of the Palestinian state, Inshallah [with the will of God]."