(EDITORS NOTE: THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN PROCESSED USING DIGITAL FILTERS) SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 20: (EDITORS NOTE: This image has been processed using digital filters) Surfers walk from the water at Bondi Beach on June 20, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

A Sydney suburb has banned the construction of a synagogue because it could be a terrorist target, a decision that has infuriated religious leaders.
The temple was to be built in Bondi, a short walk from Australia’s famous Bondi Beach. But locals worried that the space would pose a security risk to nearby residents, motorists and pedestrians. As evidence of that threat, the council pointed to the synagogue’s own design, which included setback buildings and blast walls. They also said the design would have an “unacceptable impact” on the street and neighbourhood.
“A number of residents agreed with the contentions … and provided additional evidence against the development of the site,” the council said in a statement.
Friends of Refugees From Eastern Europe, a Jewish group, immediately appealed that decision to the Land and Environment Court. The protective design, the group said, was not a commentary on the risk the temple faced, but …
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