If your local council knocks back a development proposal, the reasons are fairly standard – the building’s too high, it casts too many shadows, there aren’t enough parking spaces.
But rarely is the objection based on a fear of terrorism.
But that’s what’s happened in Bondi in Sydney.
The Land and Environment Court has rejected a proposal to build a synagogue because of public safety.
Jewish leaders say the decision is a victory for those who threaten violence.
Listen to the story on the The Religion and Ethics Report on ABC Radio.