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||Yedioth Aharonot Story on Assassination Website.
February 21, 2000
FRONT PAGE HEADLINES:
Who is behind the site calling for the assassination of Barak?
Internet site proposes a game for the assassination of Barak,
Perez and Sarid.
A site registered under the name of Cherna Moskowitz, wife of right-wing millionaire Irving Moskowitz.
The office of the prime minister:
"This is pernicious incitement."
Three boxes, containing pictures of the site:
First screen says:
The game begins "Knesset shootout" – Judenrat" – and "stop them
from handing [over] Israel" "Judenrat, eliminate them." Caption: the opening to the site: "Knesset shoot out" (in Hebrew)
The specific target, (picture of Barak), Caption: "picture of Barak flies onto the screen."
Prime Minister Explodes. Shows picture splitting apart and Caption: "if you click on the mouse, the Prime Minister explodes," turn to page 4.
An Internet site invites you to play the game: assassinate the enemies of Israel: Barak, Peres & Sarid.
Has a picture of Irving and Cherna Moskowitz, then has a picture
from the Internet and next to it says the inciting site's purpose, the aim
of the liquidation: Barak explodes.
Then a big (1-1/2 inch) headline:
THE WIFE OF MILLIONAIRE REGISTERED
AS THE OPERATOR OF THE ASSASSINATION SITE
Who is Moskowitz?
Millionaire investor, who acquires land and gives support to the right.
the 1970s, millionaire Irving Moskowitz has invested tens of millions of
dollars in acquiring land in Jerusalem and in the Golan Heights area.
Moskowitz, 72, lives in Miami. He is the son of Polish immigrants.
After he studied medicine, he acquired a small clinic that quickly turned
into a prosperous private hospital. After his success, Moskowitz developed
a series of hospitals and old age residences in the state Florida.
By the end of the 80s he received a permit to operate bingo
parlors at the periphery of Los Angeles. According to the agreement with
the California authorities, Moskowitz was supposed to use a portion of its
earnings for charitable purposes. Nevertheless, various journalistic investigations
suggest that the money was used for the acquiring of land in the territories
and for the support of right-wing parties in Israel.
Moskowitz carried on a long-time relationship with former Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that began when Moskowitz was involved with a
foundation under the name of Netanyahu's brother, Yoni, of blessed memory.
In September 1997, the relationship between the two of them became difficult
when Netanyahu froze the building project in the neighborhood of Ras al-Amud
in East Jerusalem. "I invested a lot of money in Netanyahu. I used my personal
connections in order to further his career. I did not expect that he would
act like this," Moskowitz was quoted as saying at the time.
Cherna Moskowitz: She is Irving's second wife and is involved
in all of her husband's activities. The couple has eight sons and daughters.
One of them lives in Israel.
By Dudi Goldman and Yuval Karnie
is the person behind the Internet site that invites people to a "game" of
destroying Ehud Barak, Shimon Peres, Yosi Sarid? The site is registered under
the name of Cherna Moskowitz from Miami in the United StatesNthe wife of
millionaire Irving Moskowitz, chief among the contributors to the extreme
right. Over the last several days a new Internet site appeared that offers
an especially violent game. On the screen appears a picture of Barak, Peres
The site presents itself as
a response to a left-wing site called the "Peace Bloc," and presents a game
that enables one to burn the houses of settlers with the click of a mouse.
Peace Now spokesman Dudi Remez declared yesterday that he learned of the
site from an email that was sent by the Council of Judea and Samaria, a body
that identifies itself with the settlers.
A close inspection of the Internet site confirmed that it was
registered in the United States under the name of Ehudbarak5. At the site,
on the registration form, the name of Cherna Moskowitz appears, along with
her phone number and fax number in Miami, United States. A phone call to
the number listed under her name, [had a recording] yesterday saying "Irving
is not home now."
In an earlier phone conversation that took place earlier with
Cherna Moskowitz herself, she confirmed that she had a connection to Irving
Moskowitz, but refused to expand on that. Moskowitz denied any connection
to the incitement site registered under her name, but did relate that she
was active in Jewish Internet sites. She suggested one other site that has
connections to the settlers in Hebron and to sites in a place called Tapuah
and also Likud. As of this morning, it appears that the site no longer works.
The company that hosts the sites in America decided to close it after it
received complaints about its content. According to one of the managers of
the company, "We examined it and found that we were speaking about a very
violent site that calls for incitement to murder and it will not remain with
Yesterday the paper received a number of negative reactions from
the right and left about the content of the site. The office of the Prime
Minister yesterday responded to the use of Internet sites for inciting violence.
"The right-wing site creates incitements of a most violent nature that are
like those that have brought consequences that all of us remember." This
was reported from the office of the Prime Minister. "We are troubled to learn
about such things. I am certain that the legal authorities know how to deal
The general secretary of the Gush Emunim, Shlomo Tildar, denied
all connection to the inciting site. "This is not our way. This is not our
method to deliver messages from the Council of Judea and Samaria. We repudiate
all incitement to violence from all sides," he declared.
The head of the Likud faction, Knesset member Dubi Rivlin, declared
that "extremism from both sides again is causing a strange conflagration
that is likely to destroy our country. There should be no comfort to the
extremists of the left or to the right. Extremism is extremism."
Coalition chairman of One Israel, Knesset member Ophir Pines,
said the police must open an immediate investigation into suspicion of incitement
of violence. "It is not difficult for the computer division of the Israeli
police to find out who constructed this ugly site."
Svi Handel of the National Unity Party also demanded the police
open an investigation. "I sharply repudiate this. In the past when similar
sites became known to us, such as the one run by a left-wing person called
"Fool," it was condemned without concern as to the identity of the person.
It is necessary to find this person and immediately put him in jail."
Knesset member Yosef Pritzssky of the Shinui Party repudiated
the new site, but added, "No matter how terrible and repugnant it is, there
is still freedom of expression. Only if the attorney general of the government
decides that this is incitement to violence can they work to shut down the
Assisting in the preparation of this report was Itamar Eithner, Gabi Baron and Haim Shivi.
Copyright 2000 Yedioth Aharonot
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