‘Acts of terrorism’: NSW Police issue $1 million reward over 1982 Israeli bombings in Sydney

Detectives continue to seek information from three people who they believe may have the answers to their investigation.Credit:New South Wales Police

NSW Police have issued a $1 million reward for information about the bombings of two Jewish institutions in Sydney that occurred 40 years ago, in attacks that on Monday were described as “international acts of terrorism” by the police minister of the condition.

In December 1982, a bomb exploded outside the Israeli Consulate in the Sydney CBD, injuring a number of people who were either hit by shrapnel and glass or thrown across the room by the impact of the blast.

Later that day, an explosive device was detonated in the basement of Club Hakoah in Bondi, a sports and cultural institution that at the time was home to hundreds of Maccabi Games competitors.

The device was found in the trunk of a car, however the device did not fully detonate. Nobody was hurt.

Police believe the car bomb was intended to bring down the building.

The two attacks were quickly linked to police calling the attacks acts of “international terrorism motivated by Palestinian nationalism.”

The police believe that there are three people in the community behind the attacks.

Deputy Prime Minister and Police Minister Paul Toole said detectives have put thousands of hours into solving this case.

“These two horrific targeted attacks were international acts of terrorism, and despite the extensive damage caused to the Israeli Consulate and the Hakoah Club, we are extremely fortunate that no one was killed,” Toole said.

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