Originally published 22 February 2000
9553 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90035
P.O. Box 1471, Hawaiian Gardens CA 90716
February 22, 2000
The Hon. Gray Davis
Governor of the State of California
Dear Governor Davis:
respectively ask you to review the attached translation of an Israeli news
report about a violently hateful website operated by Cherna Moskowitz, an
applicant with Irving Moskowitz for a gambling license for the casino they
own in Hawaiian Gardens.
The report appeared yesterday in Israel's
largest circulation newspaper, Yedioth Aharonot. I'm also faxing you a copy
of the original report.
The Moskowitz-run Web site invites visitors
to play a game in which they score points for killing pro-peace government
leaders. Among the targeted leaders are Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak,
the Israeli education minister and former Prime Minister Shimon Peres, who
stood next to Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin at the peace rally where a right-wing
Israeli zealot assassinated him.
The news report shows the strong
reaction of Israeli leaders to the web site. I appeal to you to investigate
the Moskowitz assassination site in order to determine whether it violates
hate crime or other laws. I hope you will also review the hate crimes legislation
you proposed yesterday to make sure it enables law enforcement authorities
to move against the kind of murderous political incitement the Moskowitz
At the least, given the violent and obsessively hateful
nature of the site, I know you'll agree that it is now impossible for California
to grant a license to the Moskowitzes to operate the Hawaiian Gardens Casino.
I hope you'll urge Attorney General Bill Lockyer to deny the gambling license
he is currently considering granting the Moskowitzes.
Thank you for your consideration.
Haim Dov Beliak, Rabbi
cc: Rabbi Marvin Hier
Director, Simon Wiesenthal Center
Assemblymember Alan Lowenthal
Assemblymember Sally Havice