The Assassination Game
Letter to California Governor Gray Davis: Violently Hateful Website Operated by Cherna Moskowitz
by The Coalition for Justice in Hawaiian Gardens and Jerusalem
Originally published 22 February 2000
in correspondence
9553 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90035
P.O. Box 1471, Hawaiian Gardens CA 90716
pager 310-797-0457

February 22, 2000

The Hon. Gray Davis
Governor of the State of California
Sacramento, California

Dear Governor Davis:

I 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 site displays.

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.

Sincerely yours,

Haim Dov Beliak, Rabbi
Coalition Coordinator

cc: Rabbi Marvin Hier
Director, Simon Wiesenthal Center

Assemblymember Alan Lowenthal
Assemblymember Sally Havice

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