Coalition for Justice in Hawaiian Gardens and Jerusalem
Letter to California
Governor Gray Davis
February 22, 2000
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.
Haim Dov Beliak, Rabbi
cc: Rabbi Marvin Hier