Australia Offers $100K for 1982 Consulate Bombing

SYDNEY, Australia -

Police in Australia have reopened the 30-year-old case of a 1982 bombing of the Israeli Consulate and the Hakoah Club, according to numerous media reports. They say they now have four primary suspects and are asking for the public’s help in finding them.

To that end, they are offering a $100,000 reward.

On Thursday in Sydney, Detective Chief Superintendent Wayne Gordon, commander of the terrorism investigation squad, told reporters that he hoped the money would entice the public or the alleged perpetrators to come forward.

“We need evidence to arrest,” he said, according to The Associated Press. “We’re short.”

The bombings occurred on Dec. 23, 1982, at about 2:00 p.m. at the Israeli Consulate General in the city and in a car parked underneath the Hakoah Club, a Jewish social and sports club. An explosive device detonated in the stairwell of a building next to the Israeli Consulate General. Two people were injured at the consulate, and there was significant property damage.

At about 6:45 p.m. that same day, a second explosive device partially detonated in the trunk of a vehicle parked near the Hakoah Club, resulting in property damage but no injuries.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers of New South Wales.

“We live here,” Gordon said. “We don’t want to live in fear.”