JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The Jerusalem municipal planning committee has approved plans for a scaled-back Museum of Tolerance in the center of Jerusalem.
The plan was approved more than two years after the project of the Simon Wiesenthal Center was withdrawn due to the slumping economy.
The plan is opposed by Muslim religious leaders, who say that the site if the project had served for centuries as a Muslim cemetery. They appealed to the Israeli Supreme Court, which granted the Wiesenthal Center permission to continue.
(JTA) -- The United States condemned the torching of a West Bank mosque.
"This attack is the latest of several such acts of violence against West Bank mosques. These incidents have served to undermine efforts to promote a comprehensive peace in the region. We call on the Israeli government to investigate this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice, and for calm from all parties," said Mark Toner, deputy spokesperson for the U.S. State Department.
Actor Russell Crowe apologized on Friday to anyone who was offended by his earlier remarks via Twitter about circumcision and later comments about Jews who like apples and honey and wear "funny hats."
"I realize that some will interpret this debate as me mocking the rituals and traditions of others," he said in a Twitter message on Friday. "I am very sorry." In another message he said "I have a deep and abiding love for all people of all nationalities ..."
(JTA) -- The main backer of a ballot measure to ban circumcision in Santa Monica has dropped the effort over its perceived attack on religious freedom.
Jena Troutman told the Jewish Journal Monday afternoon that she would withdraw the proposed ballot initiative to prohibit "Genital Cutting of Male Minors," which she submitted to the Santa Monica City Clerk on May 19, the newspaper reported on its website.
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) plans to attend a Glenn Beck rally in Jerusalem.
"The idea of the 'Restoring Courage' gathering in Jerusalem is an important idea and a very constructive one at a very important time for Israel," Lieberman said in a video posted on the right wing talk show provocatuer's website this week. "It's not against anybody or any group, it's to stand with Israel at a time when a lot of the rest of the world is attempting to delegitimize Israel."