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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. John

    “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.

    I've heard pompous before, but this guy makes Donny Trump look downright humble. He needs professional help, like a smack upside the head. See if god did that too.

    January 23, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
  2. JL Taylor

    Why do Jews hate America.

    January 23, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
    • countrycook

      Why do Muslim terrorist attack and kill Americans ?

      January 23, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
    • Bazoing

      They do not hate Americans. "They" are a wide variety of people. This jerk was an obvious Zionist. I do not like the Zionist hatred for Arabs which is simply a self deception to steal land and look down on others. But the Zionists are not the only Jews.

      January 23, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • Macarena

      Terrorists hate our freedom. They hate it. They hate freedom.

      January 23, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
  3. Tiny Tim

    No Biggy. NEXT!!

    January 23, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
  4. Propa Gandhi

    Why is this article featured in the "belief blog" and not properly filed under U.S or Politics where it belongs?

    January 23, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
  5. Justice

    Wow, he really believes God creates storms just to show his displeasure with him? What an egotistical ass.

    January 23, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
    • Larry Holmes

      That's hilarious...

      January 23, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
  6. fred

    I am shocked to see that any American would write that. That the author is Jewish-that I find embarrassing. Hopefully, those of you who are not Jewish find the comments of some of the others about what "most" or "all" Jews think equally embarrassing. I mean, I am Jewish as are most of my friends and family, and I do not know what "most" Jews think.

    January 23, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • Ted Ryder

      Why are you shocked? Americans are tired of supporting Israel. You are not the chosen people of god. OK? Get that. Now tell all your friends and family to stop teaching hatred to their children. Jewish children are unabashedly cruel to neighboring Palestinian children. If you don't believe me, go on Youtube and look at the videos.

      January 23, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
  7. fandango

    I am appalled that the only thing he is doing is "resigning" Why isn't he being arrested and charged with advocating the assassination of our president? Oh yeah, right, he's resigning and like he is not still going to be writing, editing and still running that rag. I hope the Justice Department gets around to charging him and closing down that terrorist run newspaper. Curiously, CNN, who usually run gossip stories about this president has been very silent on TV about it. And where is Jack Cafferty on this. Haven't heard from Wolf, John King, Jack or any other of the talking heads. Wonder why not?

    January 23, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
    • countrycook

      Because its a non-story

      January 23, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • warren e

      threatening the life of the president of the united states is never a non-story. The office is bigger than the man (regardless of what you think of him) and must be respected as such.

      January 23, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
    • rand

      When did it become acceptable behaviour to advocate the assasination of our President? This is so indicative of a thoughtless society, fueled by the disassociation of the internet media. Think before you write. Realize that words are of consequence. Know that one's words have magnitude. Kiling our President? Is there a more awful thought – or thoughtless approach toward addressing the issues that our Country is facing?

      January 23, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • AcesFull

      Were you equally appalled at all the people that said the same thing about Bush? Ya, didn't think so.

      January 23, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
  8. Eric

    well, this columnist can now get a job at FOX NEWS.... he'll fit right in.

    January 23, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
  9. countrycook

    To Mr.Adler you didn't call for the president to be killed, you apologized and now everything will be o.k. This will pass.

    January 23, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
    • fandango

      Your comment is in no way funny or true. He did call for the assassination of President Obama. He should be jailed. No citizen of the United States is going to be allowed to put their mother country of Israel or any other country's interest above our own. This is what this piece of crap is doing.

      January 23, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • countrycook

      fandango you sound like a rabid Muslim

      January 23, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
    • Bob

      Utter tripe. He explicitly called for isreal to assisinate our President. Sounds like, as you try to defend him, you agree with him.

      January 23, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
  10. rob

    Why cant Israel go it alone and if they feel threatened go after Iran. Why is it that Israel always hides behind the US – and why do we let this happen? Israel is just another middle eastern country that will never have peace – I say let them go at it and then we will come in and mop up the oil when its all done.

    January 23, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
    • fandango

      I totally agree with you. For such a small country, Israel starts a lot of crap with other countries, then runs back behind their borders and waits for the US to back them up and go after the people they have attacked. I, for one, would like to know what we get from Israel for the $5 billion they get from us every year? I know some of it goes to put grown people in school because as long as they are in school, they can't be drafted into the Israeli army. Five Bil must buy a lot of groceries and houses, etc. I am surprised anyone in that country works, what with us supporting them.

      January 23, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
  11. Morningstar

    America owes nothing to Israel . We have sent money and arms to them for years, both of which have been used to invade the territory of Palestine and settling in land that is not theirs to settle. (For background on the history, read Peace, Not Apartheid by Jimmy Carter). Threatening an American president should be punishable by deportation to Israel. The American taxpayer should demand that our money stay at home and help our own nation.

    January 23, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
    • COlady

      Agreed!!

      January 23, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
    • fandango

      I totally agree with you. The citizens of this country ought to demand a halt to any aide to Israel. What do they do for us? Not a d*mned thing that I can see, except try to get us into wars that they constantly start.

      January 23, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
    • American Firster

      No Israel No Problems!

      January 23, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
  12. eric

    So why is this under the Religion section? Puzzling... other than thinking they are 'Choosen' and above all others this is all about Power, not jewish religion.

    January 23, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
    • fandango

      AGREED!

      January 23, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
  13. GIJoe

    Hey – Newt's mom was bipolar and needed serious meds and constant watch in a facility for the invalids. It IS hereditary. As is Alzheimers, and other forms of Dementia.

    Be careful folks. Sometimes corks pop.

    January 23, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
  14. Ted Ryder

    Most Jews are exactly like this. There's a reason Hitler was able to turn millions of Germans against them. They also are very united in positions of control and power.

    January 23, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
    • JL

      Dude, that is just an ignorant thing to say.

      January 23, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
    • phelonius

      this bit of antisemitic rhetoric is exactly the kind of propaganda that allowed Hitler to commit genocide on an entire population of innocent civilians. the response from the Jewish community has been swift and more harsh than you will find from any other group after someone expresses an inappropriate opinion. i am more than reassured by the quick and thorough condemnation that the Jewish community has espoused. they are aware more than anyone of the antisemitic feelings that most people in the world harbor.

      January 23, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
    • American Firster

      Except when they get in to trouble. A "Good Jew" can be abandoned by his fellow Jews extremely quickly. They have a history of not sticking up for each other when the going get rough. Good Jew one day “Zonder Commandoes" the next day.

      January 23, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
  15. Dude

    Kick all Israel-Firsters Jews out of US.

    January 23, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • Working Joe

      Ya for sure but you would lose some very high level politicians on both sides of the house. You do know that the Iraq war wasnt about WMD's right? You also know that every one of the GOP candidates except Ron Paul when to Isreal to be anointed to be deemed worthy to run for the office of pretend leader of the USA. Ron Paul cannot win this election solely because he doesnt want to send money to ANYONE (our money) in the middle east. He also says he doesnt want to send troops to where ever Israel commands us too......Which gets us back to our story. Now the media is calling him crazy and a wing nut, which will happen to anybody that doesnt fall into line with Israel. Name one High Level politician that has dared to disagree with them on any issue. WE are owned and in the service of Israel.

      January 23, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
  16. phneutral

    What a Moe-ron!

    January 23, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
  17. Jack

    and Newt Gingrich says he wants to "knock the president out, not just give him a bloody nose. " Aren't we lucky that Newt is a fat girly man and would be no threat to anyone?

    January 23, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
  18. SoFunny

    This guy should be treated like all the other people who advocate assassinating a President. It is wrong regardless who is in office. You do not solve a problem by elimination of the subject, you vote him out if you do not want him to represent you. This is a sick individual who obviously needs help. This is very sad..................

    January 23, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
    • fandango

      What is sad is nobody is doing anything about this guy as far as an arrest. Had this been Bush or Reagan, his butt would be under the jail and they would be finding reasons tot revoke his citizenship and ship him back to Israel. Totally disgusting.

      January 23, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
  19. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    January 23, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
    • Claiming fiction as fact is detrimental to all reasonable beings

      Energy flows

      January 24, 2012 at 1:06 am |
  20. Bill

    Remember Wailing Palin and her crosshairs? Anything is possible with the nutcases out there.

    January 23, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
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