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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. rameshm2

    Ithis story should be emailed to everyone, since the mainsteam is not covering it.

    February 1, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  2. rameshm2

    this wouldn't be their first time . there was speculation that mossad assasinated jfk, becouse he was against israel making nuclear bomb, but althogh they were the prime suspect, they were never investigated .

    February 1, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  3. Muneef

    It is OK and more than justified for the Chosen People to Kill,assassinate or wipe a whole race when ever they Please...!

    January 30, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  4. Lydia

    Let's not judge Jewish people by this ridiculously egotistical man's writing. There are idiots among every faith, including this nincompoop.

    January 28, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
  5. Simon

    “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.

    Childish nonsense. As if the weather has anything to do with one individual in Atlanta.

    January 28, 2012 at 11:12 am |
  6. Muneef

    ACTA: The new threat to the net
    The Internet is a crucial tool for people around the world to exchange ideas and promote democracy. We urge you to show true global leadership and protect our rights.

    http://www.avaaz.org/en/eu_save_the_internet/?tta

    January 27, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
  7. Muneef

    Reality.Reality.Reality.
    You are fighting Global terror and aggression with more Global terror and aggression...! With the continuous Breading of Global Terror and Aggression Wonder where will that lead the Globe into...?!

    January 27, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
  8. Rob

    There is no space in the whole Jewish News-Rag to print an apology and apology should not be accepted. Must we be reminded what such statement do to the thousand of mentally disturb citizens out on the streets?

    January 27, 2012 at 8:10 am |
  9. Proud Muslim

    MARTIN LUTHER, Table Talk of Martin Luther, translated by William Hazlet, page 43"But the Jews are so hardened that they listen to nothing; though overcome by testimonies they yield not an inch. It is a pernicious race, oppressing all men by their usury and rapine. If they give a prince or magistrate a thousand florins, they extort twenty thousand from the subjects in payment. We must ever keep on guard against them."

    January 26, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      ?? Why are you quoting a Christian talking about Jews?

      Why not Sura 5:20 Recall that Moses said to his people (the Jews), "O my people, remember GOD's blessings upon you: He appointed prophets from among you, made you kings, and granted you what He never granted any other people."

      January 26, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
  10. Proud Muslim

    The Canadian Press, Feb. 16, 2011
    A Montreal doctor has been suspended and fined for filming female patients with a hidden camera while they were naked. Quebec's College of Physicians says it has suspended Dr. Barry Rabinovitch for four months and fined him $3,000. According to the disciplinary report released Tuesday, the investigation found that Rabinovitch filmed 10 to 15 women in various stages of undress in an examining room between January and May 2009. The 56-year-old is a married father of two children and a lung specialist. He is also an associate professor with McGill University's medical faculty.

    January 26, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
  11. treblemaker

    Have you ever heard the saying "Never Again"? How is it that the nation of Israel, born out of the ashes of the Holocaust, populated in the beginning by the terrorized fleeing Europe with their lives, and not much else, can build a prosperous nation within one generation, while surrounded by mortal enemies at every border? Any help from the USA will be a small pittance compared to what's coming, when the Great Mediator decides He's had enough of the "4000 plus-year-old" family feud, and will settle it once and for all time. No earthly power can solve this problem.

    January 26, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
    • Thinker23

      Can you translate this into English please?

      January 26, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
  12. Thinker23

    Racism is always based on incredible lies and.the vast majority of racists who believe in these lies are incredibly stupid. A small minority of racists, however, are smart enough to use racist hateful lies to manipulate the stupid majority. Hitler, Saddam and Arafat are just a couple of examples.

    January 26, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  13. joe d

    AIPAC/ISRAEL=9/11

    January 26, 2012 at 9:33 am |
  14. joe d

    this is the thanks we get from the israeli/jewish pigs for giving them billions of dollars in aide..they have destroyed our country. and the dirtbags wonder why they have been pesecuted for 100000's of years...it aint because of there religion..it's because they are a bunch of sniveling backstabbing self-serving ungrateful bunch of pigs..cut off all aide to these parasites..I hope iran does get a nuke and lobs it over to the turdstain called israel.....no wonder the world turned their heads during the germa occupation of europe...i alway wondered why the world stood silent during the hallowcost..it's all coming to light...threaten my president..you dirty pigs

    January 26, 2012 at 9:28 am |
  15. pappakapp

    “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.
    Yeah that's right, you are the only person on the planet, Adler. Good grief. His SUPERSIZED EGO rivals Newt Gingrich's.

    January 26, 2012 at 1:03 am |
  16. Stormfront

    The Joos are definetly suppressing this information. They will not allow their American Media outlets to spread this information, nor will they allow any truth to be mentioned about them or the weapons they're using against the white race, the n-e-g-r-o.

    January 25, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
  17. Sophie

    This was no mistake – it is a threat and a message to Obama and our politicians and thus the American people – see how GOP candidates bow, grovel and lick the dirt of the boots of Israel. This must be dealt with as a criminal act. Israel uses the US in support of its theft of land and abuse of Palestinians as the US uses Israel as a stepping stone in the war for oil. Many Jewish people in America and in Israel recognize this and fight against it, but unlike the ability to criticize any other part of our government or groups in the US or the world, any criticism against Israel, no matter how justified, is considered anti-semetic. Google Rachel Corrie, an American peace activist, who was murdered when she dared step into the path of an Israeli bulldozer that was razing a Palestinian home. Or search youtube for Israeli harassment of Arabs. or google or search youtube regarding women's rights in Israel or the rights of non-Jews in Israel. It is absolutely remarkable that Jewish groups in the US so strongly uphold civil rights in the US that are not upheld in Israel. No other group in the world could so blatantly oppress people with the blessings of a "civilized" society.

    January 25, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
  18. John

    This story is being suppressed by the mainstream media. You'll only find it if you do a search. Definitely won't see it on any website's front page. The Jews are controlling how this story is being reported.

    January 25, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
  19. !!!!!*****GOD*****!!!!!

    Well...it figures that it would be a Jew that would want this, even though I don't think that they deserve their own country to begin with. I think that Palestine DESERVES their own nation and I like Obama because he pushed and expanded my 'Faith-Based Initiatives' programs.

    January 25, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
  20. classic8199

    The idea that a person can openly advocate the asassination of the POTUS is absurd, regardless of who it is. However there is a level of bias here that is unacceptable. If this were a follower of Islam the media would have plastered the story on every news channel/newspaper across the country to demonize these "radical terrorists". Being a man who has served in the military with tours in the middle east I can say this with all honesty, we have been fooled. The enemy is not who most Americans believe it to be. This article is just a glimpse into the mindset of a group of religious zealots who will continue to push their agenda at all costs, they believe in this regardless of the consequence or lives lost. The so called "opressed" have now become the oppressors. God bless the Republic of the United States of America.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
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