Remembering Bali

October 13, 2015 by J-Wire Staff
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NSW State politician Ron Hoenig and Rabbi Elozer Gestetner have attended a commemoration marking the Bali bombing in 2002 which claimed 88 Australian lives. 

A total of 202 died as a result of the attack on a Kuta nightclub.

Justin Hemmes, Rabbi Elozer Gestetner and Ron Hoenig

Justin Hemmes, Rabbi Elozer Gestetner and Ron Hoenig

Many of the Australians who perished came from Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and State Labor MP Ron Hoenig and Rabbi Elozer Gestetner of the Coogee Synagogue joined others in remembering those who lost their lives.

Randwick City Council’s 13th anniversary commemoration of the Bali Bombings was held at the Bali Memorial, Dolphin Point, Coogee.

Hoenig said: “It is more relevant than ever that we remember the tragedy of the Bali bombings, and learn the lessons of the past.

“In a time where society is living in fear of terror, I believe we need to focus on what binds us all as humans, love and family, rather than emphasising our differences.

“Our path forward must be marked by a desire for peace and inclusion, rather than division and hate.

“The senselessness of this attack is a reminder to us all that we must be vigilant and cherish the time we have together.

“Terrorism steals the lives of too many, too soon, but it can never steal the love that we feel for each other or the memories we hold in our hearts.

“I was touched to hear the stories of love, and the happy memories, that the families of victims shared today.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of victims during this time of reflection.”

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