According to JewishIsrael.com an Arab Christian group plans to build a giant statute of Jesus on Har Kedumin (Mt. Precipice) near Nazareth on Jewish National Fund land. The Minister of Tourism, Uzi Landau, supports the construction project as a big draw for Christian tourists. What halachic issues does this raise? How are those issues affected by the fact that Christianity's beliefs are considered idolatry for Jews but not necessarily for non-Jews?

  • What does JNF say about it? (I know that's not the main issue here; just curious.) Dec 24, 2013 at 16:34
  • Assuming that the statue is not the direct object of prayer, is it any different from any other church, status, or symbol of Christianity?
    – rosends
    Dec 24, 2013 at 16:35
  • @MonicaCellio I believe that the article said that the JNF is all for it. Dec 24, 2013 at 18:41
  • Ugh. If that report is correct (and I'd want to verify it with a second source), that's revolting. :-( Dec 24, 2013 at 18:55

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The Torah says numerous times ופסיליהם תשרפון באש, e.g. דברים פרק ז, especially in the context on entering the land of Israel.

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    Thanks for posting. You can make your answer better (and more valuable for less-well-informed readers) if you translate the phrases, briefly explain them, and cite the sources. Dec 26, 2013 at 18:46

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