Frank O. Gehry who grouped in Gehry Partners has been work for this stunning architecture of a museum for the Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem, but Gehry Partners stripped of his position as architect for this project because of protests that emerged.
After the unanimous decision of the Board of Trustees at the Conference of November 5th 2009, the Simon Wiesenthal Center has announced “that it is redesigning its Museum of Tolerance project in Jerusalem to reflect today’s world economic realities, and will shortly name the new architect for the redesign.”
“This is the right decision for us,” said Rabbi Marvin Hier, the Center’s Founder and Dean. “The good news, however, is that the project is moving forward; we have a fantastic site in the heart of Jerusalem and we can now refocus all of our energies on bringing to Jerusalem and the people of Israel, a project of crucial significance to its future. Unfortunately, Frank Gehry will not be the architect on the project. Frank has done an amazing job and has worked with us at every step of the way to realize our dreams. We will shortly name the new architect for the redesign.”
Frank Gehry added: “I greatly value my relationship with Rabbi Marvin Hier and admire his determination to establish a Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem that will serve as the embodiment of human respect and compassion. Unfortunately, our staff and resources are committed to other projects around the globe, and thus I will not be able to participate in the redesign effort. Contrary to a published report quoting my partner Craig Webb, this parting has nothing whatsoever to do with perceived political sensitivities. The Museum of Tolerance project is vitally important, and I have no doubt that Rabbi Hier will create a visitor experience that will bring people of all faiths closer together.”
This project has been collapsed for two years during the wave of protest in Jerusalem which strengthened by the emergence of a petition to oppose the project and planning approval in 2008. According to Simon Wiesenthal Center, the new architect’s name will be announced shortly.[source]