Sydney Israeli Consulate and Hakoah Club bombings

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The bombing of the Israeli Consulate and Hakoah Club in Sydney occurred on 23 December 1982. The two bombings occurred on the same day within five hours of each other. The initial case led to a single arrest though charges were later dropped. In 2011, the NSW police and Australian federal police reopened the case citing new leads.[1][2][3][4]

Public plaque commemorating the Hakoah Club in Bondi

Events[edit]

On 23 December 1982, at around 2:00pm, an explosive device was detonated near the fire exit door of the Israeli Consulate General on 80 William Street, Sydney. The force of the blast injured two people and significant damage was caused to the consulate building. At around 6.45pm on that same day a second explosive device was detonated inside a vehicle parked outside of the Hakoah Club on 61-67 Hall Street, Bondi, NSW. The bomb did not detonate properly and the resulting explosion injured no one, however, three vehicles were significantly damaged including the one used to store the bomb. The Hakoah Club at the time was filled with a large number of people.[1][2][3][4]

Investigation[edit]

Initial police investigations led to the arrest of a 31-year-old man who was charged in relation to the Hakoah Club explosion. The case went before the court, however, charges were later withdrawn by the NSW Attorney General.[1][2][3][4]

Re-investigation[edit]

In 2011, the case of the two bombings was reopened after police had discovered new leads. The case was assigned to the Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCTT) in Sydney, under "Operation Forbearance." The police stated that they "believe there are still people in the community who know those responsible for these bombings."[1][2][3][4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "1982 HAKOAH CLUB AND ISRAELI CONSULATE BOMBINGS HAVE BEEN REOPENED." Archived 2014-12-21 at the Wayback Machine JewishNews.net.au. 29 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d MERCER, NEIL. "Police have new lead in Hakoah Club bombing." Sydney Morning Herald. 12 September 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d "Hakoah bombing mystery re-opens." News.com.au AUGUST 25, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d "Police reopen 1982 Sydney bombings case." ABC News. Sunday 26 AUG 2012.