A local council has banned the construction of a new synagogue in Bondi in a shock move that religious leaders say has caved in to Islamic terrorism and created a dangerous precedent.
NEWS AU (h/t Sara S) The decision, which has rocked the longstanding Jewish community in the iconic suburb, was upheld in court this week as the nation reeled from the alleged airline terror threat and debate raged over increased security measures at airports and other public places.”
“The Land and Environment Court backed the decision by Waverley Council to prohibit the construction of the synagogue in Wellington St, Bondi — just a few hundred metres from Australia’s most famous beach — because it was too much of a security risk for users and local residents.” Notice the concrete barriers set up to prevent Islamic truck jihad.
Jewish leaders are shocked the decision appears to suggest they cannot freely practice their religion because they are the target of hate by Islamist extremists — and that the council has used their own risk assessment of the threat posed by IS against it.
The head of the local Jewish community said the council and the court had effectively stifled freedom of religion and rewarded terrorism. “The decision is unprecedented,” Rabbi Yehoram Ulman told news.com.au.
“Its implications are enormous. It basically implies that no Jewish organisation should be allowed to exist in residential areas. It stands to stifle Jewish existence and activity in Sydney and indeed, by creating a precedent, the whole of Australia, and by extension rewarding terrorism.”
“It’s a very sad day for Australia if an established peaceful community, which needs a house of worship, is refused permission to build it because of fear that Muslims pose a threat,” he said.
GAVIN BOBY, known as the Mosquebuster in the UK, says “if Jewish people in a Jewish area are denied a permit because its a terrorist magnet, then its submission to sharia law and an abandonment to Australian sovereignty.”
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