Many of the idolatrous heritage sites like Bamiyan Buddha, Sufi shrines, and Hindu idols are being destroyed by Islamic fundamentalists around the globe. Does Judaism allow a non Jew to demolish such idolatry or is it encouraged for a Jew to recommend and help a gentile in eradicating idolatry by any means possible?

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    I don't know that the Buddhas of Bamiyan were idols.
    – Double AA
    Oct 14, 2014 at 17:31
  • Very related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/28969/…
    – Isaac Moses
    Oct 14, 2014 at 17:33
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    Sufi is not idolatry AFAIK.
    – mevaqesh
    May 31, 2016 at 23:27
  • I suppose Judaism would also appreciate Unitarianism (a Christian sect which says G-d is one and reject the Trinity).
    – Turk Hill
    May 21, 2020 at 17:11

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Technically, yes. It is a mitzvah to destroy Idolatrous artifacts and currently existing Idols

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    The Christians also destroy idols, just not their own.
    – Turk Hill
    May 21, 2020 at 17:24
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    Yes, but does that extend to non-Jews (i.e. Noachides)? Does that extend to places that are not under Jewish rule? As I see it, that's what the question is about. (The mitzvah you mention is implicitly acknowledged in the question, otherwise the question would be meaningless.)
    – Tamir Evan
    May 21, 2020 at 17:33

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