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Atlanta Jewish Times Publisher Steps Down Over Obama ‘Hit’ Column

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President Barack Obama speaks during an event to honor the six-time NHL Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins for their 2011 Stanley Cup victory in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 23, 2012. (credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama speaks during an event to honor the six-time NHL Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins for their 2011 Stanley Cup victory in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 23, 2012. (credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) — The owner and publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times resigned after fallout from his column on why Israel should assassinate President Obama.

According to an email obtained by the JTA, Andrew Adler announced he was “relinquishing all day-to-day activities effective immediately.”

Jerry Farkas, office manager for the Jewish Times, told CBS Atlanta that everyone is “saddened” by what happened.

“It’s a hard thing,” Farkas told CBS Atlanta. “We feel like we’re fighting fires.”

In a Jan. 13 column Adler wrote for the Jewish Times about Israel’s options to head off a nuclear Iran, he suggested that Israel “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.

“Order a hit on a president in order to preserve Israel’s existence,” Adler wrote in his column. “Think about it. If I have thought of this Tom Clancy-type scenario, don’t you think that this almost unfathomable idea has been discussed in Israel’s most inner circles?”

Jewish organizations were appalled by what Adler wrote, quickly condemning him and the paper.

“While we acknowledge his public apology and remorse, the damage done to the people of Israel, the global Jewish people and especially the Jewish community of Atlanta is irreparable,” the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta said in a statement to CBS Atlanta. The group also stated it is suspending its relationship with the Jewish Times.

The Secret Service is now investigating Adler over his comments, CNN reports.

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