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January 23rd, 2012
03:48 PM ET

Jewish newspaper’s editor resigns over Obama assassination column

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - A Jewish newspaper owner who attracted U.S. Secret Service attention for a column suggesting that Israel consider assassinating an American president has resigned as the paper’s editor, employees there said Monday.

The resignation comes after a firestorm over the column and after a tearful apology from the editor-in-chief of Georgia’s Atlanta Jewish Times, Andrew Adler.

The JTA reported Monday that Adler is selling the newspaper, but the office manager, Jerry Farkas, said that was incorrect and that Adler hadn’t announced plans to sell.

The paper’s newly named interim editor-in-chief, John McCurdy, said in an e-mail that he had not talked with Adler about whether he planned to sell the paper.

Adler wrote a January 13 column about the threat of Iran to Israel, posing three options for the Jewish state. One was a "hit on a president in order to preserve Israel's existence."

The column attracted interest from the U.S. Secret Service, with spokesman George Ogilvie saying Saturday, "We are aware of it. We are taking the appropriate investigative steps."

In an interview with an Atlanta TV station on Saturday, Adler broke down as he apologized for the column.

“All I could do now is let President Obama, the State of Israel, everybody affected in Atlanta’s Jewish community … (know) that I’m sincerely sorry for what has transpired,” Adler told Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters Inc., straining to choke back tears.

“It’s storming outside as we speak, and I’ve always felt that when a storm happens that God’s angry with me,” Adler said.

Farkas said the paper is working with the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta to find a permanent managing editor.

The federation had said that it was suspending its relationship with the Atlanta Jewish Times until Adler apologized, agreed to stop writing and gave up editorial control.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Georgia • Judaism

soundoff (742 Responses)
  1. Godoflunaticscreation

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXddYoeeuOA&w=640&h=360]

    January 23, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
  2. KJSH

    rtbrno65

    Please take your banter somewhere else. its because of Jews and Israel that 911 happened and its becoz of them we have been warring with Mid East

    January 23, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
  3. Godoflunaticscreation

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5f4fbknkD4&w=640&h=360]

    January 23, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
    • FACT

      I can already picture the k!ke claw clicking "Report Abuse".

      January 23, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
  4. nODAT1

    he just wrote what the Israel government plans after each election, esp now that the world is getting a little tired of Israel antics. ( who right or wrong is irrelevant the world is just getting tired) they have a complete contingency plan on how where and how to blame shift....

    January 23, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
  5. Exxon

    Stupidity knows no bounds.

    January 23, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
  6. cwmcq

    An exceptionally disturbing editorial. This came from established news media not a rogue blog..My guess the blubbering is about the destruction of his career not the gravity of his statements.

    January 23, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
  7. rtbrno65

    I can't believe the anti-semetic vitriol I'm reading here. This is unbelievable. What this "columnist" wrote is unforgivable, but these comments here come right out of Third Reich propaganda. The more I read these comment boards on these stories, the more convinced I am that civilization is crumbling around me. "The fact is that jews are a race of swindlers ". A person living in the 21st century actually posted this comment on this page. When is this rage going to stop? When is this senseless anger going to stop? Where is this all heading? At what point did people forget how to love and tolerate one another? I grieve for how ugly and ignorant the world has become. This also goes for that vile individual who actually thought it was ok to advocate assassinating a US President in a supposedly legit publication. People need to0 realize that this epidemic of hatred is going to destroy us. It's going to destroy ALL of us. Liberal, conservative, Jew, gentile, it will destroy ALL OF US!

    January 23, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
    • Warchild1

      When are they going to get out of my country?

      January 23, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
    • Ron

      No,,,,, The "Beggar" Nation can support itself. The Land of Milk and Honey.

      January 23, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
    • FACT

      The rage will stop when the k!kes stop swindling and lying... never.

      January 23, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
    • Dahos

      The problem is if an American Muslim had said that America would have gone crazy and would have planned to bomb a Mulsim country but since its this guy who is Jewish the whole issue will be covered up good

      January 23, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
    • Gabe

      You obviously have not read an internet blog (forum) ever. You get the worst of the worst. On one hand it's scary there are people with such thoughts. On the other hand you have to realize that they are trolls. There are millions of Americans so you are going to get a few angry trolls who are so miserable they want to spread their hatred anonymously on the internet. On the other hand they would never do it in person.

      January 23, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
    • truthfl1

      "Gabe", you nailed it.

      January 23, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
    • toronto girl

      I do believe it. And what makes this all the more unbelievable, is that most of us have been here for generations, have assimilated to the point that we are at times fairly invisible, fought in wars for our respective countries, and now we hear 'when are they getting out of my country'?? They want the Us to be judenrein, a la Hitler. Wonder who they will blame when we're not around???

      January 24, 2012 at 2:03 am |
    • iftyz

      As a muslim, I agree with you completely. The article is upsetting but some of the anti-semitism on this thread is truly horrifying. While I would like to think, as another commentator said, that its a small number of trolls spewing hate I can't help feeling there is something deeply disturbing about the extent and depth of this hate. Why take the stupid actions of one man and conflate it with an entire religious/ethnic group?

      January 24, 2012 at 6:09 am |
  8. THE ENEMY WITHIN

    GWB was responsible for 9/11 and the illegitimate Iraqi war that has taken so many innocent lives and also responsible for the ongoing Afghan casualties as a result of his administration deliberately and recklessly abandoning and prolonging this war to go into Iraq, yet he was treated with kids gloves. So much that the American people even re-elected him and now the end result is the worst economic crisis in America since the Great Depression. But yet, President Obama is the bad guy for restoring our image abroad and trying to end these wars and improve our ecomony.

    And Dick Cheyney? Sure he's out of office too but he's still campaigning for the GOP because every now and then he takes swipe at our President, often by criticizing this administration's foreign policy. And Dick Cheyney is so shameless to the point where he just couldn't take responsibility for his administrations failures so he went on CNN and state openly and without restraint that he has no regrets whatsoever. So just imagine Dick Cheyney didn't have the nerve or the common decency or integrity to say before the American people that he just wished that 9/11 didn't happen or he wished they had uncover their prefabricated WMD's in Iraq. But President Obama is the Muslim President and the bud guy destroying America. Well, only in America the beautiful.

    January 23, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
    • FACT

      In any intelligence operation, you have to see "who benefits". 9/11 was just another Israeli false flag operation. Anybody with a brain could discern this.

      January 23, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
    • Ron

      And I will second that. Two Pathological LIARS at the helm who practically destroyed the United States of America.

      January 23, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
    • Warchild1

      oh yeah, and obama is doing a stand-up job of making things better

      January 23, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
  9. Hoopla

    Don't be misled. This guy was an "Editor". God knows what these Israelites Jews have been planning.
    brrr... very scary.....more scary than Al Qaeda ... these isralers guys do it right here in NY/LA

    January 23, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
  10. Ron

    In the article of question he said the United States was not doing enough, when this Administration gave Israel the most ever in monetary assistance in history. Not enough? Not enough, in these hard economic times. And then calls upon those actions. Israel can do it by themselves as far as most AMERICAN people are concerned. Even though Adler wrote it, that mantra probably ranks about an 80% agreement with the Jewish people, the fake ones and real ones. Once a "Beggar" Nation, always a "Beggar" Nation. I do not see starving people in the streets of Israel, or a famine. Stop all economic aid, let the so called Jews in the World support the "Beggar" Nation.

    January 23, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
  11. FACT

    At synagogue, k!ke rabbis encourage other k!ke UNITED STATES CITIZENS to purchase Israeli bonds.

    January 23, 2012 at 9:08 pm |
    • Curious

      Are their bonds rated better than ours?

      January 23, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
    • Warchild1

      Probably. obama's economic prowess hasn't quite caught on yet. It'll be a few hundred decades.

      January 23, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
    • toronto girl

      How quaint. People still using that word.

      January 24, 2012 at 2:10 am |
  12. ResponsibleMe

    It would be irresponsible to suggest that the Americans might have similar contingency plans for Netanyahu or Ahmadinejad. Adler is an example to anyone who might air unfounded suppositions like that.

    January 23, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
  13. 3RTS

    Many people are starting to believe that Muslims are the enemy. Atleast, we know that they are there, in that part of the world. But these Jews infest here in US and care only for their Israel.

    Any politician that goes not in favor of Israel is given the boot.

    January 23, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
    • 3RTS

      Muslims are not the enemy, Jews within US are!

      January 23, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
  14. Rick Bangkok

    With freedom comes civic responsibility. With responsibility comes patience, tolerance and forgiveness. We vote in the USA on a regular basis at all levels of government to settle our political differences peacefully. Violent political rhetoric has increased to near fever pitch the past several elections. Remember when Pres Reagan and Speaker O'Neill were friends. Former presidents GHW Bush and Bill Clinton are friends now. That is the best part of American politics. Patriotism working for the common good. Not faction.

    January 23, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
  15. JBusch

    When will Jews learn their lesson?

    January 23, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
  16. Archie

    This is freakin' unbelievable. The so called major papers (owned by Jews) like NY Times, Washington Post, LA Times DO NOT even mention this issue.

    This is definitely a punishable crime. A regular Joe can get arrested when caught driving without a license and this Israel_Firster has ONLY resigned. Arrest him ! And for once show the world that US is a fair country.

    January 23, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
  17. Marge

    How come some one threatens or tells people to kill the president, nothing happens to him, he just resigns. But someone threatens to rap Cantor's daughter, he is arrested and put in jail...I guess this country has two tiered justice, one for the Democrats where they just fluff it off and one for the republicans, if you threaten to do their harm you are arrested. I do not condone the fact that this guy threatens Cantor daughter. He should be dealt with but it is odd that you can threaten the President and get a slap on the wrist and sometimes not even that.

    January 23, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
  18. Debb

    Nothing will happen to him, America is colonized by his tribe.

    January 23, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
  19. FACT

    Funny how jews are always so certain that other people are lying to them. It’s like the way they’re always convinced that everyone is stealing from them. This is only natural in a culture – theirs – where liars and thieves predominate, a culture which believes that negative personal traits are of the highest value. In fact I can think of no other race that holds low behavior in high esteem. The fact is that jews are a race of swindlers and for that reason they perceive everyone else to be of the same ilk. But once upon a time Europeans were actually quite different from jews as they stood on their word as their bond. One only has to look at the code of chivalry to see how far down the jews’ path of lying and cheating we have come. There was a time not so long ago when, if a man’s word was deemed untrustworthy, he would have had trouble remaining within his community. All that changed when the cosmopolitan jews with their Talmudic obsession for written legal minutiae moved into Western culture; then conventional White European ideas about truth and honesty began to soften dramatically. It wasn’t until the Western world was crawling with yids that Whites became obsessed with detailed written contracts – which, ironically, also mean very little to the k!kes, e.g., watch hebe lawyers make mincemeat out of prenuptial agreements. But then what would one expect from a people whose intelligence agency’s motto is, “By way of deception thou shalt do war”?...

    January 23, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
    • B

      Was that your speech at your local KKK chapter meeting? You sound very intelligent (i'm being sarcastic if you can't tell). you are offensive and a bigot. Have a nice evening.

      January 23, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
    • toronto girl

      You sir are a complete and total bigot. 'jews are a race of swindlers' or 'there is no other race that holds low behaviour in high esteem'?? This is the same race that gives its name to 'Judeo-Christian principles", that gave the world the Ten Commandments, commandments that uplifted and guide mankind??

      And now we're respondible for why a lawyer writes up a contract?? You definitely have more than one screw loose.

      January 24, 2012 at 1:59 am |
  20. cherryrn

    This editor needs to be fired permanently

    January 23, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
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