Chile to honor victims of Holocaust

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Chile is preparing to build a monument to Holocaust victims.

A bill authorizing construction of the monument in Santiago has been passed by Congress and President Michelle Bachelet is expected to sign it.

Socialist legislator Jaime Naranjo sponsored the measure after he was inspired by a visit to Israel. A commission will be appointed to oversee the work, which will be financed through public donations.

No one voted against the monument, but some legislators of Arab ancestry used the opportunity to criticize Israel's treatment of Palestinians. Others called the Holocaust a tragedy of humankind that should not be viewed in "the context of a political problem happening today."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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