The Forward 50

Andrew Adler

youtube

Shanda

Andrew Adler

The Forward 50

Until last January, Andrew Adler, 58, was the little-known publisher of a little-known weekly paper called the Atlanta Jewish Times. Long active in the Atlanta community, he had bought the publication, which has a circulation of about 4,000, about two years earlier.

Then came the column.

In a January 13 opinion piece, Adler wrote that Israel should consider ordering the assassination of President Barack Obama for allegedly failing to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

In case readers missed his point, the publisher went on to reiterate it.

“Yes, you read… correctly. Order a hit on a president in order to preserve Israel’s existence. Think about it,” Adler wrote. “You have got to believe, like I do, that all options are on the table.”

Even in a supercharged political climate, in which Jewish supporters of Israel feel strongly about the issue of Iran, there was no doubt Adler had stepped over the line.

Within a few days, the story was national headline news. Jewish groups rushed to denounce his views. The Anti-Defamation League called his opinions “beyond the pale.” The Secret Service, which is responsible for protecting the president, said it was investigating.

Even Adler himself quickly saw the error of his ways.

He disowned the column — “Call me naïve,” he said in a teary apology on a local cable television show.

Adler promptly resigned his post. Two months later, he made good on his pledge to sell the paper, teaching all sides of the issue a valuable lesson about the important boundaries of good faith in a polarizing debate.


The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.





Find us on Facebook!
  • Some snacks to help you get through the second half of Passover.
  • You wouldn't think that a Soviet-Jewish immigrant would find much in common with Gabriel Garcia Marquez. But the famed novelist once helped one man find his first love. http://jd.fo/f3JiS
  • Can you relate?
  • The Forverts' "Bintel Brief" advice column ran for more than 65 years. Now it's getting a second life — as a cartoon.
  • Half of this Hillel's members believe Jesus was the Messiah.
  • Vinyl isn't just for hipsters and hippies. Israeli photographer Eilan Paz documents the most astonishing record collections from around the world:http://jd.fo/g3IyM
  • Could Spider-Man be Jewish? Andrew Garfield thinks so.
  • Most tasteless video ever? A new video shows Jesus Christ dying at Auschwitz.
  • "It’s the smell that hits me first — musty, almost sweet, emanating from the green felt that cradles each piece of silver cutlery in its own place." Only one week left to submit! Tell us the story of your family's Jewish heirloom.
  • Mazel tov to Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky!
  • If it's true, it's pretty terrifying news.
  • “My mom went to cook at the White House and all I got was this tiny piece of leftover raspberry ganache."
  • Planning on catching "Fading Gigolo" this weekend? Read our review.
  • A new initiative will spend $300 million a year towards strengthening Israel's relationship with the Diaspora. http://jd.fo/q3Iaj Is this money spent wisely?
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.