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. disjustin


    January 23, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
  2. disjustin


    January 23, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
  3. disjustin


    January 23, 2012 at 9:56 pm |
    • Godoflunaticscreation

      Since this content is blocked in the U.S, which country are you posting from?

      January 23, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
  4. disjustin


    January 23, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
  5. teepee

    put his behind in jail...for a good long time.

    January 23, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
  6. stephen douglas

    Reminds me of a bumper sticker I saw that said, "Where is Lee Harvey Oswald when you need him...?"

    January 23, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
    • it ain't true

      Are you agreeing with the bumper sticker, or just find it funny? Nevermind, don't answer that, just that fact that you felt it was worth noting tells us everything we need to know.

      January 23, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
    • Bhawk

      must be from the south

      January 23, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
  7. cyberbeing

    What a fool. He thinks he is so important that God causes storms to show His anger.

    January 23, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
  8. Steven_'63

    Just watch, in a few days some story will come out claiming some bogus attack on synagogues or something from Holocaust time to get sympathy for jews from gullible regular Americans. I'll betcha. AIAPC will play some card to get more sympathy and .....you got it, more money.

    January 23, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
  9. ssrj

    Is it legal for an editor or any american citizen to advocate assassination of any person (not just the president)? This guy should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. His being a Jew should not let him off the hook. It is time all americanas whether Christian, Jew, Muslim or of any other religion stood for america first. It is time AIPAC and its followers and similar ethnic groups relaized that. Our allegiance is to America and not to Judaism,, Israel or Islam or any other religion or country. Claiming to be an American and showing allegiance to another country is treason.

    January 23, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
    • First Amendment

      Look it up. His statement's were perfectly legal, just in bad taste. I know that I'm going to get slammed and called a "zionist" for this, however there isn't any spin on this statement, it's just plain fact. He cannot be legally charged with diddly-squat.

      January 23, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
    • mickey1313

      this happens because ALL monothiesm is evil

      January 23, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
    • Shtuk

      Wonder what would have happened if some Christianne Paul or Mohammed Galulalao had written something like this?

      January 23, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
    • Tortfeasor

      First Amendment, you are right. He can only be censored and/or prosecuted if his speech is likely to cause the event he is advocating and if he intends to bring about that result. He probably intents to cause it, but to say that his writing will cause the assassaination of the president by the Israelis is unlikely. Therefore, he should have been able to keep his job.

      January 23, 2012 at 10:05 pm |
    • United States Code T itle 18

      Wikipedia says

      Threatening the President of the United States is a class D felony under United States Code T itle 18, Section 871. It consists of knowingly and willfully mailing or otherwise making "any threat to take the life of, to kidnap, or to inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States".

      This law has been applied fairly broadly and so might apply to Adler. An offense is punishable by up to 5 years prison and a $250,000 fine.

      January 23, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
    • JeryNol

      Worse comes worst, AIPAC will pay his fine of $2,50,000 and hush it up. And on another hand they will get $350,000 in some other way from US Govt. Why do you think they have "attorney" like David Yerushalmi on their payroll?

      January 23, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
  10. FACT

    Does anybody else find it funny that in the most secure building on Earth (the pentagon) there is absolutely NO video (publicly released) of a plane hitting the building?

    January 23, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
    • Joe

      Not this silly tired old crap again. Give me a break.

      January 23, 2012 at 9:42 pm |
    • Godoflunaticscreation


      January 23, 2012 at 9:42 pm |
    • Kevin McClellan

      With this concept the US should give the land back to the Indians. They were here 2000 years ago. And whose word to we take that the land was given to them–The JEWS. I not anti-jewish by any means and support Israel's right to exsist. But because Obama doesn't want a war with Iraq does not mean he is anti-jew. My take on all he says is that Israel is not our puppet and if you want a starting place to discuss land start here and go back or forward; only you two can solve the problems.

      January 23, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
  11. Jilli

    Mr. Adler showed a total lack of respect for President Barack Obama and the office of the president. People think they can get away with saying anything these days, and that's absolutely pathetic. Let Mr. Adler wallow in his public shame, he's earned every bit of it with his disrespect and abject stupidity.

    January 23, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
    • Boogeyman

      are you shocked?...this is what most Israelis and American Israelis feel....even as we send them 3 billion a year...google "feel the hate in Jerusalem"...it will be shocking for you..lol...not for me

      January 23, 2012 at 9:40 pm |
  12. Gr8fulMed

    This editor was totally wrong, stupid, and potentially dangerous for espousing his views – even in the theoretical. The thing is, Jews are the first to come out against this guy and condemn him. We police our own. No right-minded Jew wants harm to the United States. On the other hand, where are the "millions" of silent outraged Muslims condemning Islamic terrorism? Who was cheering in the streets on 9/11? More disturbingly, Jews are the best friends and biggest benefactors the liberal movement ever had. The only ethnic group to overwhelmingly and reproducibly vote against its own financial best interests has been the Jews. To my great sadness, the left has now been taken over by raging anti-semitism. It's one thing to disagree over Israeli policy; it's another to disparage Jews as a whole and question their patriotism or their motives. Think long and hard, liberals, before you drive us away with your hatred into the open arms of the Republican Party. May G-d cause you to choke on your hypocrisy.

    January 23, 2012 at 9:36 pm |
    • Boogeyman

      nice spinjob Mr/Ms AIPAC secretary...lol...who are you fooling?

      January 23, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
    • THSH

      Atleast we know where Arabs are. But you guys live amongst US, feed off of US and are the most UNPATRIOTIC bunch.
      You are the parasite and curse on US. Jews will lead US into wars after wars for Israel.

      January 23, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
    • john p

      wonder whos paying you 2 right this bs?

      January 23, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
    • Archie

      Again with the anti-semitism card, Goldstein?
      Sorry, it's worn thin now.

      January 23, 2012 at 9:40 pm |
    • Iconnic58

      Why is it that if anyone criticizes Israel they are immediately called antisemetic? I'm not sure why this video was put on a CNN cite. But Israel to me has become scary in more recent times. Even I once a solid supporter of Israel am outraged. I'm not sure I believe the 9/11 issue, but I do know that Israel wants WAR with Iran and they DO want American involvement. I pray Obama does not get on board with it. He would be one of the first American Presidents in a long while to say NO to Israel. I hope he doesn't pay for that with his life.

      January 23, 2012 at 10:04 pm |
  13. BuchCheiney

    This careless Zionist should be held responsible for his crime. This careless dude should be apprehended and tried just like anybody else who made a threat to the president. He should not be treated differently just because he is zionist.

    January 23, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
    • john p

      agree with you 100%

      January 23, 2012 at 9:36 pm |
  14. john p

    Wow these jews are getting very blood thirsty. They care only about $ / themselves. We better watchout before they stage another tower attack and try to frame iran.

    January 23, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
  15. Bub

    If a Muslim had written the column, he already would be in jail.

    January 23, 2012 at 9:31 pm |
    • Archie

      just jail? he would be skinned alive in Times Square and Muslim countries bombeb

      January 23, 2012 at 9:36 pm |

    Jerry Sanduski was a Republican too. They can commit treason or murder and get away with it. And the SOB killed the legendary Paterno because he had a wekness for toddlers. Put all Republicans and Teabags in prison for life and tnrow away the key.

    January 23, 2012 at 9:28 pm |
    • Bub


      January 23, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
  17. Godoflunaticscreation


    January 23, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
  18. Archie

    Guys, guys, theres nothing we can do Israel WILL attack Iran and WILL drag US into a bloody war.

    Just watch, these Jews will just not listen to anyone. More and more people think Hitler was somehow right..

    January 23, 2012 at 9:26 pm |
    • SilverHair

      We just didn't give him long enough before D-Day.

      January 23, 2012 at 9:35 pm |
  19. Godoflunaticscreation


    January 23, 2012 at 9:25 pm |
    • Boogeyman

      we have blinders on...we believe everything thats told to us...19 Arab dudes with box cutters did it all alone...dont you sheeple now thiis!!!

      January 23, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
  20. barbequebob

    Why isn't this terrorist under arrest and anyone who ever gave his paper any money also on a terror watch list? If he was a muslim calling for such an act of violence that is what would happen.

    That he publishes this openly shows how deranged some supporters of Israell are. Israel should be cut off from all US aid until it complies with UN resolutions regarding Palestine..

    January 23, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
    • md2205

      Most reasonable people understand that Israel was the Jewish land and is so today as well, not the land of the Arabs. Arabs did live there but it is not theirs. Any American who insists that the land revert to the Arabs, who are not the original inhabitants by far, and were not promised the land by G-d, is a complete hypocrite. That is because he lives on land that was originally native American land. He must give up his house and move away to a land that is not someone else's. He must, in fact, give his house and property to a native American and leave. Only if he will himself do it, can he tell someone else they should do it. But the analogy is not good because if he would give up his house to a native American, it is because the native American was the original "owner" and occupier of the land. If a Jew gives land in Israel to an Arab, it is the Jew who was the original owner, as G-d gave the land to the Jews. He would be giving the land to someone who is not the original owner and who is trying to steal his land.

      January 23, 2012 at 9:37 pm |
    • Godoflunaticscreation

      God is not a real estate agent.

      January 23, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
    • Godoflunaticscreation

      I see you ended your screen name in 4 digits, so you can be payed for your work on behalf of Israel.

      January 23, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
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