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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. Joe

    He is anti America, he should be jailed and then deported.

    January 23, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
  2. Warchild1

    It seems to be ok to publicly write that an American president be assassinated, is it then ok to publicly write to have Israel wiped off the map?

    January 23, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
    • Happytospeakout

      OMG .. what are you a Bagger? Who the hell said it's OK? First of all, NOBODY is advocating this, ESPECIALLY ISRAEL. Your behavior is IDENTICAL to the Tea Party behavior – make crap up and see what sticks. Next, it apparently IS okay to threaten to wipe Israel off the map, since that's exactly what your obvious hero, Ahmedinnerjacket says almost weekly, without so much as a snicker from the UN. So, how about you take your anti-semitic crap somewhere else, like maybe Ron Paul's campaign. I'm sure he needs some help.

      January 23, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
    • Warchild1

      Ron Paul is a better choice than obama ever was. At least his face isn't brown from being up israel's anus.

      January 23, 2012 at 9:08 pm |
    • toronto girl

      @warchild – I happen to like Mr. Obama, and would have been extremely happy if he was running for office in Canada. He is also a president who may be one POTUS who hasn't had his face up Israel's anus, to quote you. I can't comment on Ron Paul, I don't know anything about his politics, nor do I care. IMHO, Obama's been a great president, considering the act he followed.

      January 24, 2012 at 2:21 am |
  3. MK54

    That guy is going to jail.

    January 23, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
  4. joey

    you get a new number for your arm

    January 23, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
    • Happytospeakout

      Careful, asshat, your antisemitism is showing – -big time.

      January 23, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
    • American Firster

      OOOHHHH I LOL in error.

      January 24, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
  5. Archie

    So when did Israel declare US as a 2nd State of Israel?

    January 23, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
  6. 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 8:54 pm |
  7. RAMBLE3144

    Liberal media's idea of a negative article on Obama is his Al Green singing.

    January 23, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
  8. SNAPPA

    Obviously a very sick individual, when it storms outside I always think "gods" mad at me. Mentally impaired person writing a news comlum? WOW!!

    January 23, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
  9. BabesY

    Prove that if you are a Jew you can do any crime or felony and get away with it. That's why we Jews pay and control the politicians and media.

    January 23, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
  10. Hairbear

    Lot ah sick people out here! Shame on you! Just be careful who u Cross!

    January 23, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
    • Mark Gibson

      Or what?

      January 23, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
  11. MITCHMONSTER

    Super Duper dumb butt with a word processor.

    January 23, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
  12. Moose 2

    This man made an assassination call against our President ,he should be arrested
    and tried . I guess he forgot that Obama has passover in the white house with his family.
    Shame on him putting on this scenario,perhaps he would like to leave Atlanta and
    move to Jaffa? Then he can also be closer to Iran and do his thing.
    The whole world is watching that Iran does not get the A-bomb.

    January 23, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
  13. patcee

    I believe in freedom of the press, but his suggestion was way out of line. There are crazy people in the world who take such seemingly innocent words in a column as their marching orders. No matter who the president is, no one needs to mention the subject in a newspaper.

    January 23, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
    • Truth Hurts

      That and the fact that it is illegal to threaten the President of the U.S. Not all speech is protected speech. Can't yell fire in a crowded movie theater and all that...

      January 23, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
  14. CS Venkat

    I wonder why this person is being let off so lightly, for what is undeniably a serious offense. People have been thrown in jail and prosecuted for lesser offenses. An apology and resignation seems like just a well timed slap on the wrist.

    January 23, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
    • Simone'

      welcome to America, Venkat!

      January 23, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
  15. Sheikh Abdul bin Bari bin Tari bin Jaari bin Maari

    hmmm... i wonder what would have happened if a Muslim had written something like that....... my, my .......all the tvs, radio or papers would have repeated the issue over and over and over.... and insulted their Koran, and the whole 1.6 billion muslim world....and especially Fox New..... oh my..... they would be screaming our ears out

    January 23, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
  16. THE ENEMY WITHIN

    Want to know if its satire? Ask the Tea Party...ask Rush Limbaugh...ask Andrew Bribert...ask Sarah Palin...hey you could even ask Congresswoman Gabriella Giffords. She still has vivid memories of what happened on that tragic day in Arizona. No, its not satire. Its domestic terrorism!

    January 23, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
  17. Lost

    Freedom Now!. I am an American citizen, poor, Black, but I am not even free to live among my own people. Disunity has taken control. Who cares what other think of us, especially when we aren't even concerned enough for own welfare.

    January 23, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
    • Your Panties in Texas

      What are you talking about. Do you even know?

      January 23, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
  18. Your Panties in Texas

    God used to be angry with me. But, She kissed me and we made up.

    January 23, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
  19. Godoflunaticscreation

    Considering all the Israeli spies we found immediately following 9/11 and the number of politicians and people of power (AIPAC, Federal Reserve....) who have dual Israeli/American citizenship, why are people in this country not demanding a removal or investigation of these very people? I wonder how many politicians, lobbyists... we had with dual Russian/American citizenship when we were in fear of Russian spies on American soil?

    January 23, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
    • Godoflunaticscreation

      By these people I mean those who are of dual Israeli/American citizenship and in a place of power.

      January 23, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
  20. Max Powers

    We have a storm every time that guy screws up? The hit should be on him! No wonder the NE has gotten so stormy these past few years.

    January 23, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
    • American Firster

      "Rainy night in Georgia" that's where it came from....

      January 24, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
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