The Flood Street Yeshiva Centre in the Bondi district of Sydney builds a bomb-proof wall to protect its yeshiva school, which offers education from kindergarten to senior high school. The complex also includes a synagogue and the Chabad Youth New South Wales facility. Aside from the concrete wall, added security measures following verbal attacks on the school’s students in what is described as a rise in anti-Semitic incidents in Sydney’s eastern suburbs include closed-circuit television cameras, intercoms and bomb-proof windows installed using Israeli anti-bomb techniques. The wall is funded by private donations and A$519,000 of taxpayer funds. Director Rabbi Dovid Slavin says the wall is designed to withstand the force of a car bomb left outside:
Australia is a great, very welcoming country that has given many minorities great opportunities. We who live in Australia need to be extremely grateful, but at the same time we never want to be complacent or irresponsible when dealing with young people’s lives.