||The game encouraged visitors to click on a leader's picture, which would "explode," accompanied by the sound of screaming.
Minister Barak's office condemned the Moskowitz-sponsored game, saying "The
right-wing site creates incitements of a most violent nature that are like
those that have brought consequences that all of us remember," a reference
to the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995.
assassination game was gone by the time the news report appeared. According
to Yedioth Aharonot, the hosting company removed it after receiving complaints.
We saved a copy of the game
to demonstrate to California's decision makers that Cherna Moskowitz, an
applicant along with her husband for a license to operate the Hawaiian Gardens
casino, does not have the good character state law requires for a gambling
the assassination game for yourself
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Read the February 21, 2000 Yedioth Aharonot story describing the assassination game and Cherna Moskowitz's connection with it
informed Governor Davis, Attorney General Lockyer, and the media about the
shocking violence of the Moskowitz-registered game.
Read the Coalition's letter
to California Governor Gray Davis
Read the Coalition's letter
to California Attorney General Bill Lockyer
Read the Coalitions' news release concerning this hate website [in .pdf format]
How do we know that Cherna Moskowitz
was responsible for the assassination game?
When one California official questioned
Moskowitz's connection to the website, we wrote to Dudi Goldman,
the Israeli reporter for Yedioth Aharonot, asking him for
proof that Cherna Moskowitz had registered the site. Goldman
kindly forwarded us an email he had received from Didi Remez
of the Israeli organization Peace Now. Remez had had the foresight
to do a "domain name" or "reverse lookup" search for the registration
and to save the results of his search, which clearly show
Cherna Moskowitz the registered owner of the assassination
game site. Chillingly, she registered it as "Ehudbarak.net."
Someone else has since bought that domain name. Click
here to see the Goldman-Remez email exchange which contains
Moskowitz threatens to sue newspaper
Coalition Co-director Rabbi Haim Dov
Beliak was traveling in Israel when the Yedioth Aharonot reported
on the violent assassination game website registered to Cherna
Moskowitz, wife and business partner of Irving Moskowitz.
Beliak contacted the Yedioth Aharonot reporter, who told him
Irving Moskowitz had threatened to sue the paper, but his
editor stood by his story.
I contacted the reporter, Dudi Goldman, who broke the story.
He told me about how he traced the web site to Cherna Moskowitz
and even called what turned out to be her home phone and spoke
with her. (It was a brief conversation, because she hung up
Mr. Goldman also told me that an attorney, Mr. Geva, who represents
Irving Moskowitz, had called his editor demanding that the
paper retract the story and threatening to sue if it didn't.
Mr. Goldman said his editor demanded to see his research and
notes. Then, warning that "in Israel we are not too delicate,"
Mr. Goldman said his editor was terse: "Mr. Geva, go f-ck
yourself. Sue us!"
Note: Four years later - in January 2004 - during
a hearing by the California Gambling Control Commission, Moskowitz's
representatives said that Cherna Moskowitz was not responsible
for the assassination game, that her webmaster had used her
identity and posted it without her authorization, and that
Moskowitz had successfully sued the webmaster. After reviewing
the court case, the Coalition remains skeptical. For additional
details, please click
here to read our response to Moskowitz's rebuttal
at the January hearing.
Please also read Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak's
to Prevent Violence