ADL Condemns 'Outrageous' Column By Atlanta Jewish Times Publisher

New York, NY, January 20, 2012 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today denounced as "outrageous and beyond the pale" an opinion column by the owner and publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times, who suggested one of the options Israel should consider as it faces down the threat of a nuclear Iran is to assassinate the sitting president of the United States.

Andrew Adler, the owner and publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times, reportedly apologized for the January 13 opinion column, in which he wrote that Israel should "give the go-ahead for U.S.-based Mossad agents to take out a president deemed unfriendly to Israel in order for the current vice president to take his place."

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

There is absolutely no excuse, no justification, no rationalization for this kind of rhetoric. It doesn't even belong in fiction. These are irresponsible and extremist words. It is outrageous and beyond the pale. An apology cannot possibly repair the damage.

Irresponsible rhetoric metastasizes into more dangerous rhetoric. The ideas expressed in Mr. Adler's column reflect some of the extremist rhetoric that unfortunately exists -- even in some segments of our community -- that maliciously labels President Obama as an 'enemy of the Jewish people.'

Mr. Adler's lack of judgment as a publisher, editor and columnist raises serious questions as to whether he's fit to run a newspaper.

In response to the controversy surrounding his column, the editor and publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times announced that he was stepping down from day-to-day operations and the newspaper would be put up for sale.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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