$100,000 to find Hakoah bombers
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$100,000 to find Hakoah bombers

A $100,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest of suspects believed to be responsible for a bomb blast at the Israeli Consulate in Sydney and a second attempted attack on the Hakoah Club in 1982.

A $100,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest of suspects believed to be responsible for a bomb blast at the Israeli Consulate in Sydney and a second attempted attack on the Hakoah Club in 1982.

NSW Police say they are closing in on three suspects, and are hopeful new information will lead to an arrest.

Detective Chief Superintendent Wayne Gordon said now is the time to come forward with ­information.

“We are very confident that people within the community know the identities of people involved or connected to these bombing incidents in 1982,” Gordon said.

“We have applied new technologies to forensic evidence from the original investigation and those examinations are continuing.”

At 2pm on December 23 in 1982, two people were injured when a bomb exploded in the stairwell of the Israeli Consulate in Sydney.

Four hours later a second bomb was found in the car park of the Hakoah Club in Bondi that had failed to properly detonate.

The investigation into the bombings was reopened by NSW Police, the Australian Federal Police, the NSW Crime Commission and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) in August last year.

NSW Police Minister Michael Gallacher announced on Thursday that the NSW government is offering $100,000 to anyone who has information that leads to an arrest and conviction of people involved.

“The police have never lost sight of that fact that this was an act of terror,” Gallacher said.

“This type of crime threatens our way of life and is simply not tolerated in society.

“This happened many years ago, but it is an event that sticks in the minds of many; it is time now that we find out exactly who was behind it and why.”

Hakoah Club president Phil Filler and NSW Jewish Board of Deputies president Yair Miller welcomed the development.

“While we have no more information than what is in the media, we appreciate the ongoing efforts of the NSW police force and other authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice,” Miller said.

Police have asked anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/.

JOSHUA LEVI

The former Hakoah Club site.

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