When Architect Frank Gehry pulled out of the Museum of Tolerance project being built by the Simon Wiesenthal Center with the backing of the Jerusalem Municipality on a corner of the ancient Mamilla Cemetary, he didn’t make his motives publicly clear.
There was dissembling and vagueness all around.
But, Gehry did pull out his drawings and plans with him — meaning that the Museum of Tolerance project, which was underfunded by at least half for the project Gehry designed, would have to start almost from scratch in preparing a new design.
There was talk that this blow, Gehry’s pulling out, could jeopardize the Museum of Tolerance project so badly that it would be unrecoverable.
But, there was no public confirmation of the motives, or of the impact.
Now, today, Haaretz has reported that “World-renowned architect Frank Gehry and the legendary pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim joined Tuesday the international campaign in support of the Israeli actors’ refusal to perform in the new cultural center of Ariel, according to the website of Jewish Voices for Peace”.
It was the Jewish Voices for Peace which announced Gehry’s support, among others, for the artists campaign to boycott the West Bank settlement of Ariel.
Cecilie Surasky, Deputy Director of Jewish Voices for Peace, told Haaretz that: “architects and planners are the key implementers of the Israeli policy of taking and brutally occupying Palestinian land in violation of international law. For Mr. Gehry to take such a moral stand once and for all ends the mythical firewall between architecture, policy, and human rights”…
This Haaretz article can be read in full here.