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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. Just Us

    Ok, thank you, that apology was so special, Now when will the FBI press charges as they do for anyone who threatens the life of the POTUS? Or will this too be swept under the carpet for our friends?

    January 23, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
    • Manny

      I too have to agree that this man should be charged; there was a credible threat made to the president of the united states using sources originating within the united states and a plan of action. Im sorry that this man is going through alot, but the united states already GIVES the state of isreal hundreds of millions of dollars annually and give our sons and daughters to fight thier wars. So when a president of the united states doesnt want to play anymore, they want to kill him??? Give me a break, america has suffered enough for isreal a country in which we owe nothing and take food from our own children to feed thiers. Im done with this crap!!!

      January 23, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
  2. GaryB

    Let's see, conservative Christians don't like Obama because he's not "Christian" enough and they think he might be a gun-stealing closet muslim. Right wing Jews don't like Obama because they don't think he bows down to Israel enough. And radical muslims don't like Obama because he keeps knocking off their leaders. If Obama has so many "religious" types mad at him, he must be doing something right.

    January 23, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
    • Milton

      Yeah..because the party faithful are sooo happy with him.

      January 23, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
    • Tom

      That reasoning is oddly sound. I concur!

      January 23, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
    • Tom

      Milton – which one of the goper idiots are you sooooooooooooo happy with?

      January 23, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • csam18

      Agreed GaryB. To be honest I don't think Obama is religious at all. Someone with that level of intelligence would apply reasonable logic and understand that religion is a farce. Now don't get spiritualism confused with religion. Spiritualism is a state of being, religion is a state of following and converting.

      January 23, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
  3. cmc

    "When a storm happens, I feel God is angry with me"?!?! What is this moron? Twelve years old? Well, he's obviously immature if he put this crap to print.

    January 23, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
    • Robert

      you know that every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.

      January 23, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
    • Manny

      Do you know that every time I fart it stinks!!

      January 23, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
    • csam18

      Every time you step on a crack, you break your mommas back.

      January 23, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
  4. HB

    Wow. This guy thinks GOD creates storms when he is mad at HIM. Interesting! Obviously a very important dude.

    January 23, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
  5. Thatguy371

    @ hamsta, saying President Obama is unAmerican is just as bad as what this editor said. You repubs think you can say whatever you want about a sitting president and still get by with it. I didn't vote for Obama, but I still respect him. I didn't like Dubya, but all I did was laugh at his ignorance for 8 years. And Obama is a he!!uva lot smarter than Dubya will ever be. Get a life.

    January 23, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
    • Robert

      actually, no, saying Obama is Un-American is not NEARLY as bad as what this guy did. Look at the filth that you people called Bush for 8 years. Obama is Unamerican. He is an awful president. Of course, what this guy wrote was WAY over the line.

      January 23, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • Amen Amen Amen

      Actually Thatguy371, anyone can say anything they want in this country. Forget about freedom of speech? You're unAmerican if you think you have the right to tell someone what they can and can't say.

      January 23, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
    • Robert

      Oh my God! Obama is smarter than Bush? Really??? LOL

      January 23, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • Tom

      Obama killed bin Laden. Bush was a dufus.

      January 23, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
    • Manny

      Obama is WAAAAAAAAY smarter than Bush!!!! Bush could have been the poster child for stupidity. I didnt even know stupidity was a diseas until Bush came into the presidency! But he did do one thing right, they are now treating stupid people all over the country and one day we may be able to wipe it out all together! Thanks George. BTW George the air reserve that you went awol from is looking for you, they need you to sign you dishonorable discharge papers as the ones you presented to the country where fraudulent!!

      January 23, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
    • csam18

      Robert, you seriously think Bush has anywhere near the intelligence of Obama? LOL! Bush couldn't speak intelligently in a debate against a cricket let alone Obama. The guy can't even eat correctly without choking on food. I'm surprised he remembers to breathe.

      January 23, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
  6. sandman

    Too many people on both sides equate antisemitism with anyone who disagree wit h Israel or American policy toward Israel. its not. Some Americans would sell out the US for Israel – that's been going on for years. Israel does not put US interests first. And now it seems the hard core of both countries advocate violent action against those who don't follow that desire.

    January 23, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
  7. Kim Jong Very ILL

    One was a "hit on a president in order to preserve Israel's existence." They did it to Jesus. pfft...gods chosen people, my @ss!

    January 23, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • svann

      Well to their defense the Jews thought Jesus was the anti-christ. Just a misunderstanding really.

      January 23, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
  8. MdawgMike

    Whoa! With "friends" like that, who's our real enemy when it comes to self-preservation?

    January 23, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
  9. Cyg

    Maybe we should write an article about how every middle east country should tear Isreal apart – and we can just watch.

    January 23, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
  10. Tron

    I moved to atlanta three years ago and this column does not surprise me at all. The people of atlanta are horrid. There's so much hate in this city; It's an incredibly depressing city.

    January 23, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
  11. hamsta

    even the jews realize obama is unamerican.not that i would say assassinate for impeachment is a more peaceful and respectful answer but what would obama expect with his anti israeli and pro islamic policies?

    January 23, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
    • Theassignorofstupidity

      You are really dumb.

      January 23, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
    • Lesieie

      Exsqueeze me? Obviously you didn't actually read this story.

      January 23, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
    • JV

      It must be very painful to walk around with an empty head

      January 23, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
    • Raxtich

      erm.. you do realize this is the same president that got Osama bin Laden, right?

      January 23, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
    • fandancy

      Stupidity runs deep.

      January 23, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
    • Tom

      Obama killed bin Laden mud head

      January 23, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • CD

      Please, return to whatever rock you crawled out from because Obama is no more unamerican than any other president has been.

      January 23, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
    • cal usa

      And the proof is that he's had the CIA and the military kill all kinds of Jewish leaders while even allowing a major Islamic leader to come to the White House and to adress a joint session of Congress. I got that right, didn't I? Bin Laden and Awahiri were Jewsih, right? Netanyahu is a radical Muslim, right?

      January 23, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
  12. Boogeyman

    look up the death of Rachel Corrie by Israelis and the attack on the USS Liberty...see how even these crimes against Americans by Israelis were left unpunished by our sold out government

    January 23, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
  13. zulu

    Ok...so why do I feel like as though my intelligence was insulted by that apology? If they're willing to "hit" obama to save israel...just imagine how unimportant our farm boy solders are to them. Free American blood to spare..

    January 23, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • Mark Gibson

      People without intelligence are unable to "feel" insulted. Or anything else for that matter.

      January 23, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
    • ratatatat

      It's good to know that it is impossible for Mark to "feel" insulted.

      January 23, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
  14. Eric

    As a Jew I find Mr. Adler's remarks deplorable. His words were detrimental to Israel and the United States alike. Equally, upsetting, however, is the anti-Semitism that is appearing in this comment thread. As a Jewish liberal married into a Republican family, I can anticipate hearing a lot more about the anti-Semitism of the left because of this nonsense. So please, crazy Zionists and anti-Semites, be quiet and let the adults talk.

    January 23, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • maniacmudd

      man, you cant get ANYTHING right....

      January 23, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
    • Mark Gibson

      I don't want to hear your complaints. You killed Jesus.

      January 23, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
    • Eric G

      That's right, others are acting like children because of their beliefs. Of course, you have evidence to prove that your Hebrew god exists, right?

      There is an extra seat at the kids table for you.

      January 23, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
    • just sayin

      The Hebrew God is God. You are standing on His creation and using technology and science He gave to mankind. And the Jews are still the chosen people. Once chosen by God always chosen. Get used to it.

      January 23, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • American Firster

      Andrew Adler make Louis Farrakhan look like Nostradamus!

      January 23, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
    • American Firster

      "His words were detrimental to Israel and the United States alike"?

      Eric as a Jew you can't help yourselves you put Israel first again!. Next time try writing "His words were detrimental to the UNITED STATES and Israel alike".

      January 23, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
    • Whatwouldhappentoanarabormuslimthatdidthesamething?

      People are tired of the anti-semitism charge, Eric. If you complain about Israel's role pushing the American military to invade Iraq, you must somehow like hitler. The only thing debatable about Israel's complicity in lobbying for an American attack on Iraq is how much pull they really had. Some people say it was a lot. Some people say it was insignificant. If you make the claim that it was very influential in the bush administration's deliberations, than you must automatically have been in favor of the holocaust. If you say for example that chertoff's pushing cancer causing body scanners (which the warmongering, militaristic eu has abandoned) on airport security budget in fact has a connection to his religious beliefs and dual citizenship, you must therefore hate all Jews. People are tired of all this war in the Middle east and favoritism towards Israel, Eric. they see their own children going off to fight, while the loudest voices for war either sat out the Vietnam War or don't encourage their own sons and daughters to sign up or both. Now they see many of the same voices using the same tactics for another war in the middle east that will probably be worse than the last one. It's enough to make an anti-Semite out of a peaceful gardener that went to the Ivy League. If Germany were pushing America to make a suicidal attack on Russia, and in the meantime, the German army planned to sit out the fighting, ditto for most young German American men, wouldn't you begin to resent and maybe even hate Germany and things German? I rest my case.

      January 23, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • Amen Amen Amen

      just sayin, wrong. There is no god.

      Just Saying.

      January 23, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • CD

      Arent you applying a sterotype by automatically assuming anyone who makes an anti-semitic remark as being from the "left"?

      January 23, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
    • Jim Beranis

      my neighbors were evicted from their Palestinian homes in 1948 with what they could carry. Kinda looked like a scene from Schindlers list(the movie) only it was the Jews marching them out. I'm looking forward to an epic film coming out showing the "chosen" peoples solution.

      January 23, 2012 at 8:21 pm |
  15. mspaap`

    People really should learn to respectfully agree to disagree without advocating violence. Just my two cents

    January 23, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
  16. roldoc

    Isn't it against the law to suggest the assassination of the President of the United States? Andrew Adler should be charged with a crime. Keep him away from the Obama's please.

    January 23, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
    • Boogeyman

      ThanYou!!!...my point exactly...Right Wing Jews are free to threaten our president

      January 23, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
    • Mark Gibson

      "our president?"

      I didn't vote for the imbecile.

      January 23, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
    • ratatatat

      He is "our president" regardless of whether you voted for him – just as George W. Bush was "our president" despite the fact that I did not vote for him. Stop being a complete child. Looks like the only "imbecile" here is you.

      January 23, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
    • Mark Gibson

      You are incorrect. And you are an idiot. Enjoy being a lemming, "ratatastupid."

      January 23, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • Robert

      no, he is NOT "our" president. He might be yours. I am not going to claim him.

      January 23, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
  17. Joel

    "I’m sincerely sorry for what has transpired,” Why not just say...I'm sorry you feel that way.? Both sound just as sincere.

    January 23, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
  18. Boogeyman

    this right wing Israeli should be imprisoned....if it was a Muslim or even Christian...he would be

    January 23, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
  19. Macarena

    Terrorists hate freedom.

    January 23, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
  20. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things
    The council of God
    Resolves all issues
    Prayer really changes things

    January 23, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
    • maniacmudd

      uh...yea...right....and pigs fly...

      January 23, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
    • herbie

      For more on pigs you will want to talk with tom tom the pipers son

      January 23, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
    • Tex71

      Your staunch faith is commendable. You should begin praying for world peace and the regeneration of amputated limbs, immediately.

      January 23, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
    • bringoutyourdead

      demons mock prayer because demons fear prayer

      January 23, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
    • Claiming fiction as fact is detrimental to all reasonable beings

      @bringoutyourdead Mental slaves mock free thinking because mental slave fear free thinking. See how simple that is?

      January 24, 2012 at 1:34 am |
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