Australia: Barriers installed to shield synagogues against jihad terror attacks

“You will surely find the most intense of the people in animosity toward the believers to be the Jews…” (Qur’an 5:82). In practice, this generally works in reverse: the most intense of the people in animosity toward the Jews are Muslims.

Sydney synagogue barriers

“Water-filled barriers installed to shield Sydney synagogues against terror attacks,” by Nick Hansen, Daily Telegraph, May 1, 2016:

WATER-FILLED barriers are being installed to guard against terror attacks at four synagogues in the eastern suburbs during the Jewish High Holy Days.

The security arm of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies said in a letter, “the threat of terrorism and racial vilification against Jewish Communities around the world is well established”.

“A car containing explosives which attempts to ram (or to park outside) the installation will be stopped at the barriers,” the letter said.

Woollahra Council renewed its approval for the barriers and a series of no-stopping zones outside the synagogues on Monday.

In considering the measures, council staff referred to the letter submitted by the board when it last sought approval in 2010.

The letter cited a car-bomb attack on a New York synagogue by a radicalised Muslim group in 2009 to support the application.

“Since September 11, numerous Jewish communities have been the target of successful terrorist attacks … most recently the attacks planned against a synagogue in The Bronx,” it reads.

“Correctly positioned barriers can absorb much of the force of a blast and the distance from the target will reduce the impact of the blast.”

The measures will be used at the Old South Head Synagogue, Rose Bay, Emmanuel and Sephardi synagogues in Woollahra and the Chabad Synagogue at Double Bay from September 29 to October 26 this year and again in 2017 and 2018….


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