The Doubting Thomas Research Foundation is gravely concerned about construction potentially damaging the sites in Saudi Arabia allegedly related to the Exodus account and has put together this petition in the hopes of protecting Mount Sinai.
We are also calling on the Saudi government to grant access to the sites to outside researchers and visitors with responsible monitoring.
The Saudi government has allotted $500 billion for its “NEOM” plan to build a mega-city in northwestern Saudi Arabia. The plan is for it to be 33 times the size of New York City with Dubai-like modernity.[i]
The parameters of the NEOM project include Jabal Maqla, which we currently consider to be the most credible candidate for Mount Sinai, as well as the other sites potentially linked to the Exodus story.
Archaeological finds, found and unfound, are at risk of being damaged or destroyed by the massive construction project. Increased habitation and visits by Saudis and non-Saudis also poses risks to the area.
In addition, the construction plans as currently proposed would ruin the scenery around these sites. It is essential that the isolated, desert environment around Jabal Maqla be preserved so visitors can envision the Exodus events taking place.
The below petition calls on the United States State Department and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to officially work towards preserving the sites and granting safe access to outside researchers and visitors.
It also asks the U.S. and Saudi government to request that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) add Jabal Maqla, the plains in the front of the mountain and other sites allegedly associated with Moses and the Exodus story to the list of World Heritage sites so they can be preserved.
The Doubting Thomas Research Foundation is confident that these sites meet several of the 10 “Criteria for the Assessment of Outstanding Universal Value” listed in the Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention, adopted July 12, 2017.
Preserve the Possible Mount Sinai & Moses-Related Sites in Saudi ArabiaRead the petition
[i] Gerfield, Leanna. Saudi Arabia is Building a $500 Billion Mega-City That’s 33 Times the Size of New York City. Independent. February 27, 2018. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/saudi-arabia-building-billion-mega-bigger-new-york-city-a8230731.html