August 9, 2004: Coalition launches letter-writing campaign for a "No" vote in advance of California Gambling Control Commission's August 19th vote on Irving Moskowitz's casino license application. Please click here to go to the letter-writing page and add your letter to the many that will be needed to convince the Commission to "do the right thing" and deny the license. Please click here to participate!
July 30, 2004: Moskowitz reportedly thwarted in attempted purchase of Jerusalem property key to peace deal. Moskowitz also reportedly donated money to settlers resisting Israel's announced withdrawal from Gaza. Please click here to read the Israeli news reports about these developments.
June 30, 2004: The Coalition for Justice in Hawaiian Gardens and Jerusalem posts the slide show we've been presenting to organizations. In preparation for the Gambling Control Commission's upcoming vote on Irving Moskowitz's application for a permanent license to operate his Hawaiian Gardens casino, we have converted our Powerpoint presentation into an easily opened PDF file, giving our supporters quick access to the basic facts -- and a presentation to give to their own associates! Please click here to open the presentation (a PDF file).
June 2004. Coalition initiates call for Irving Moskowitz and fellow sponsors of a ballot measure to renounce racist promotional language. (Click here to read and sign it.) The initiative, which recently qualified for California's November ballot, would allow Moskowitz, ten fellow card club owners and a handful of race tracks to install thousands of slot machines. They are promoting their private-profit initiative by whipping up resentment of Native American economic achievement; their campaign slogans claim that sovereign Indian governments owe California a "fair share" of the revenue from tribal casinos. Moskowitz has donated over $800,000 to the campaign for the ballot measure, which would amend the California Constitution. Please click here to read the call and add your e-signature.
February 24, 2004: We publicly release a summary of
the detailed confidential document we submitted to Commission in
here to read it.
The Coalition for Justice in Hawaiian Gardens and Jerusalem Responds
to Rebuttal by Moskowitz Representatives Before the California Gambling
Control Commission on January 9, 2004.
here to read the rebuttal and our response.
California Gambling Control Commission hearing
On December 18, the California Gambling Control Commission held
its long-awaited hearing on Moskowitz's permanent casino license.
We believe that the speakers for our Coalition for Justice in Hawaiian
Gardens and Jerusalem made a very effective presentation of our
arguments against giving Moskowitz a permanent license to run his
Hawaiian Gardens Casino and succeeded in showing how Moskowitz lacked
the good character required of a licensee.
So many of our allies -- and people we hadn't even
known about - signed up to testify against granting the license
that the Commission continued the hearing until January 9th. Speakers
included our honorary chairpersons actor Ed Asner and filmmaker/education
activist Wallace Albertson, as well as our co-chairs.
Our coalition also disclosed previously unknown information that
Moskowitz secretly negotiated with two Southern California card
clubs, offering them the opportunity to become substantial shareholders
in his Hawaiian Gardens casino, and at the same time, he failed
to disclose on a state license application, his effort to acquire
business associates, a key element of state licensing law.
here to read more
Gambling on Extremism, How Irving Moskowitz took over a small town
to bankroll Israel's anti-peace settlers
Acomprehensive report published December 16, 2003, on the devastating
impact Moskowitz's California gambling operations have had on Hawaiian
Gardens and Jerusalem, including new information on Moskowitz's
ties to US "neocons."
What we have tried to do with this report is to create a comprehensive
analysis of Moskowitz's own "road map" of obstructionism.
Our goal was to understand: What was his strategy in East Jerusalem?
How does he use his California gambling operations to further his
goals? Why has the Hawaiian Gardens city government been unable
to reign in his card club ambitions or at least harness them to
the betterment - rather than the degradation - of their own civic
community? And just where did the money come from that first enabled
Moskowitz to seize the role of principal financier of Israel's extremists?
Click here to read it
The Coalition corresponds with Ateret Cohanim
When a leader of one of the most militant settler groups, Ateret
Cohanim, emailed our co-director, we decided to respond. Ateret
Cohanim runs a yeshiva where it prepares priests for the rebuilding
of the ancient Jewish temple on Jerusalem's Temple Mount - a site
currently occupied by two revered mosques. The group is perhaps
best known for its involvement with apocalyptic Christian ranchers
trying to breed a pure red sacrificial heifer.
Irving Moskowitz has given Ateret Cohanim $5.62
million from his Hawaiian Gardens bingo and group members have participated
in his purchases and occupations of Palestinian properties in sensitive
areas of Jerusalem. We hoped to have a discussion about the purpose
of Moskowitz's land buys. Instead, we got wafts of the rhetoric
of pathogenic religion. We have published the emails because we
believe they provide an important window into the thinking of the
minority of settlers implacably opposed to an equitable land-for-peace
agreement. To explain Ateret Cohanim's coded rhetoric, we have published
commentary by three scholars, as well as a brief introductory overview
by Coalition Co-Director and Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak.
to begin reading
Ateret Cohanim Update
December 8, 2003: Today Ateret Cohanim head Rabbi Shlomo Aviner
announced publicly that Gaza is "holy" land and therefore
not available for a compromise land-for-peace deal between Palestinians
here to read more
Irving & Cherna Moskowitz, Power Couple of
The Coalition for Justice in Hawaiian Gardens and Jerusalem has
found columns in Jewish newspapers by Irving Moskowitz and Cherna
Moskowitz extolling and justifying assassinations and violent political
means to thwart Israeli-Palestinian peace. We do not dispute the
Moskowitzes' right, under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution,
to proclaim their extremist pro-violence views -- and even to fund
settlers who violently attack Palestinians. But the Moskowitzes
have millions of dollars to spend on their political expression,
thus their advocacy predictably results in death and injury.
here to read more