Shamash is hoping to introduce the site in Israel as well.
Initially, she intended the website to be only for Jews of Iraqi descent, but shortly after its launch, she decided to expand it to all Mizrahi Jews.
Over 98% of the Kingdom's historical and religious sites have been destroyed since 1985, estimates the Islamic Heritage Research Foundation in London."It's as if they wanted to wipe out history," says Ali Al-Ahmed, of the Institute for Gulf Affairs in Washington, D. Though the Saudi rulers have a long history of destroying historical sites, activists say the pace and range of destruction has recently increased.If you're a cigarette smoker living in Saudi Arabia, you may want to stock up on tobacco products next time you leave the country.As of June 10th, KSA will become the first GCC country to impose a "sin-tax" on tobacco products, and it's reported to be 100 percent.A few months ago, the house of Hamza, the Prophet Muhammad's uncle, was flattened to make way for a Meccan hotel, according to Irfan Al Alawi, executive director of the Islamic Heritage Research Foundation.
There have even been rumored threats to Muhammad's tomb in Medina and his birthplace in Mecca.
But activists charge that the recent destructions are part of a much wider government campaign to rub out historical and religious sites across the Kingdom.
Over the last few years, mosques and key sites dating from the time of Muhammad have been knocked down or destroyed, as have Ottoman-era mansions, ancient wells and stone bridges.
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