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. Bill Lockyer
Attorney General of the State of California
Dear Attorney General Lockyer:
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 a 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.
At the least, given the violent and obsessively
hateful nature of the site, I know you'll agree that it is now impossible
for you to grant a license to the Moskowitzes to operate the Hawaiian Gardens
Thank you for your consideration.
Haim Dov Beliak, Rabbi
cc: Rabbi Marvin Hier
Director, Simon Wiesenthal Center
Assemblymember Alan Lowenthal
Assemblymember Sally Havice