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PAGE IOA HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 27, 2012 Atlanta Jewish Times publisher resigns over Obama assassination column (JTA)--The owner and publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times has resigned and is seeking a buyer in the wake of a column he wrote speculating that Israel would consider assassinat- ing President Obama. Andrew Adler, in an email obtained by JTA, announced Monday that he is "relin- quishing all day-to-day ac- tivities effective immediate- ly" following the publishing of his opinion piece saying that Obama's assassination was among Israel's options in heading offa nuclear Iran. Adler named staff writer John McCurdy as interim managing editor until a replacement can be found. Adler said he would pub- lish an apology in his next edition and that reaction from readers had been over- whelmingly negative. The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta said earlier Monday that it would sus- pend its relationship with the Atlanta Jewish Times until Adler removed him- self from the newspaper's operations. The federation also called on Adler to sell the weekly. "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 Atlanta federation said in a state- ment issued Monday to constituent groups. In a Jan. 13 column, Adler outlined what he said were three possible responses by Israel to Iran's acquir- ing a nuclear weapon: a pre-emptive strike against Hamas and Hezbollah, ter- rorist groups that he said Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA Gabrielle Giffords who was shot by a gunman last January, announced that she will resign from Congress. In a two-minute video released Sunday, Giffords (D-Ariz.) said she will step down as she continues her recovery. "I have more work to do on my recovery, so to do what is best for Arizona, I will step down this week," she said. "I'm getting better. Every day my spirit is high. I will return, and we will work together for Arizona and this great country." Speaking slowly but clearly, Giffords thanked viewers for their prayers and said that she will always remember the trust her constitutents placed in her. Giffords, who is Jewish and a member of a lo- cal synagogue, was shot in the head at a Jan. 8, 2011 meet-the-constituents event outside a supermarket in Tucson. The gunman, Jared Loughner, who suffers from mental illness, killed six people and wounded 13 others, including Giffords. Obama campaign unveils video with testimonials from Israeli leaders WASHINGTON (JTA)-- President Obama's reelec- tion campaign unveiled a video featuring testimonials from Israeli leaders a day after he raised $500,000 from Jewish donors. The video, e-blasted last Friday to Jewish support- ers by David Axelrod, a top campaign official, inter- sperses speeches by Obama to Jewish audiences and at the United Nations with testimonials culled from news broadcasts. Among those speaking are Prime Minister Ben- jamin Netanyahu, Israeli ambassador to Washington Michael Oren, Defense Min- ister Ehud Barak, President would be emboldened by a nuclear Iran; a direct strike on Iran; and "three, give the go-ahead for U.S.-based Mossad agents to take out a president deemed un- friendly to Israel in order for the current vice president to take his place, and force- fully dictate that the United States policy includes its helping the Jewish state obliterate its enemies." He continued, "Yes, you read 'three' correctly. Or- der a hit on a president in order to preserve Israel's existence. 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?" The Anti-Defamation League and the National Jewish Democratic Council also condemned Adler for his column. David Harris, executive director of the American Jewish Commit- tee, also called on Adler to resign from the newspaper. CNN reported that the Secret Service is investigat- ing Adler over the column. Giffords announces resig- nation from Congress NEW YORK (JTA)--U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, JCC Presents...an aftirnoon of JCC on the Rosen Campus [ 11184 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd. [ Orlando Sunday, February 12 * 3:30pm Music from Broadway, Opera, Contemporary and International songs. Comedy by Larry Larkin, Florida's funniest comedian. You will leave with a song in your heart and a smile on your face! $15 Adults $10 Seniors Group Discount of 20% for groups of 10 or more. Senior price level not eligible for group discount. Reserve your tickets online using barcode 9018 at www.orlandojcc.orq/myjcc or by calling the Welcome Center at 407-387-5330. Shimon Peres and former Mossad chief Efraim Halevy. Much of the seven-minute video addresses the close se- curity relationship between the countries, although portions--notably Oren's comments--say there is agreement also on Middle East peace talks. Obama's critics among conservatives and Repub- licans have emphasized his tendency to openly differ with Israel on the conditions for talks, especially when it comes to settlements. RNC calls for 'united Israel governed under one law for all people' WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The Republican National Committee adopted a reso- lution calling for "a united Israel governed under one law for all people." The resolution passed last week at an RNC conference in New Orleans. Some lib- eral bloggers suggested that the resolution effectively called for a single state in Israel and the West Bank, with citizenship rights ex- tended to all. With a preamble that de- scribes the land of Israel as God-given to the Jews, the resolution resolves "that the members of this body sup- port Israel in their natural and God-given right of self- governance and self-defense upon their own lands, recognizing that Israel is neither an attacking force nor an occupier of the lands of others; and that peace can be afforded the region only through a united Israel governed under one law for all people." For some, the reference to the biblical mandate in the preamble and the resolution's rejection of the term "occupier" flagged an endorsement of claims by some right-wing Israelis to the entire biblical land of Israel. The dovish group J Street tweeted that the resolution "confirms the decades-long bipartisan consensus on a two-state solution is shat- tered." However, the preamble's language also suggests that the lands it refers to are those that Israel held before 1967. "The Nation of Israel declared its independent control and governance of said lands on May 14, 1948, with the goal of re-establish- ing their God-given lands as a homeland for the Jewish people." Germany marks anniver- sary of Wannsee Conference (JTA)--The German gov- ernment marked the 70th anniversary of the confer- ence at which leading Nazis plotted the genocide of European Jews. At the villa at Berlin's Wannsee lake where senior Nazi officials coordinated the Holocaust in 1942, Ger- man President Christian Wulff said last Friday that it was becoming increas- ingly hard to comprehend how genocide became the country's official policy, The Associated Press reported. Historians believe the Wannsee Conference was the occasion at which Hitler's de- cision to exterminate the Jews of Europewas communicated to senior Nazi officials. In an Op-Ed published last Friday in the Bild news- paper, Dieter Graumann, president of Germany's Central Council of Jews, warned that the anti- Netanyahu orders probe of mufti's speech JERUSALEM (JTA)-- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered Israel's attorney general to open an investigation into Jeru- salem's top Muslim cleric, who called for killing Jews. Mufti Mohammed Hus- sein, speaking last week at an event celebrating the 47th anniversary of Pales- tinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement, cited a tradi- tional text attributed to the Prophet Muhammad that says: "The hour of judgment will not come until you fight the Jews. The Jew will hide behind the stone and behind the tree. The stone and the tree will cry, 'Oh Muslim, Oh Servant of God, this is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.' " Video of the mufti's speech was posted on YouTube by Palestinian Media Watch; the group's account was frozen for several days over the content. The video also shows a man introducing the mufti saying that, "Our war with the descendants of the apes and pigs is a war of religion and faith. Long live Fatah!" Netanyahu said Sunday that "These are grave words that the world needs to condemn." Hussein told Israel Radio Sunday that he was just quoting the religious text, not calling for the murder of Jews. No Palestinian leader has condemned his words. Netanyahu: Accept compromise on Migron outpost JERUSALEM (JTA)--Is- raeli Prime Minister Ben- jamin Netanyahu urged the residents of the illegal West Bank outpost of Migron to accept a compromise on its evacuation. Under the compromise, permanent housing for the residents of Migronwould be built on state lands near the outpost. The outpost would, however, be evacuated by the March 31 deadline set last summer by Israel's Supreme Court. "The government calls on the residents of Migron to agree to the proffered com- promise and thus allow the Government to soon request that the Court approve the arrangement," Netanyahu said Sunday at the weekly Cabinet meeting. He said the Cabinet wants to honor the court's decision "by agreement and peacefully." About 50 families live in the outpost, about 14 miles north of Jerusalem. Ax-wielding Palestinian shot at checkpoint JERUSALEM (JTA)--An ax-wielding Palestinian man was shot in the foot by Israeli soldiers at a check- point near Jerusalem. The man, 29, reportedly pulled an ax from a bag Sunday as he approached the Kalandiya checkpoint north of Jerusalem. After calling out several warnings for the man to stop, Israeli soldiers first fired warning shots in the air and then fired at his legs. The bag reportedly con- tained maps, papers with nationalist slogans and a knife. Police told Israeli media that it is believed he was set to carry out a ter- rorist attack. Israeli soldiers denied free train transportation JERUSALEM (JTA) -- An Israeli Knesset minister has threatened to hold up the defense budget until soldiers are again allowed to ride trains for free on Sunday mornings. On Sunday, Israel Rail- roads for the first time instituted a blackout on free travel for Israeli soldiers from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. to ease overcrowding. Sunday is the raiiway's busiest day of the week, and it is between those hours that most Israeli soldiers head back to their bases across the country after weekend furloughs. The soldiers were pro- vided free bus transporta- tion from the train stations, but some paid to ride the train for fear that traffic jams would prevent them from making it back to their bases on time. Soldiers are permitted to ride public transportation for free dur- ing their military service. The IDF reported that more than 6,000 soldiers rode on 243 buses on Sunday morning. Gross visited Cuba at least five times, court docu- ment says (JTA)--Jailed American Jewish contractor Alan Gross visited Cuba at least five times in one year to set up wireless Internet connections, according to a report citing leaked court documents. The report Jan. 19 by The Associated Press comes two days after Juan Lamigueiro of the Cuban interests sec- tion in Washington posted a letter on the Cuban Foreign Ministry website saying that "the Cuban government has engaged the U.S. government on its willingness to find a humanitarian solution to the case of Mr. Alan Gross on a reciprocal humanitar- ian basis." The statement is believed to be referring to the so-called "Cuban Five," spies arrested in the United States in 1998, which Cuba has been rumored to have asked the U.S. to swap in exchange for Gross. British nun who saved Jews from Shoah on way to sainthood ROME (JTA)--A British nun who saved dozens of Jews in Rome during the Ho- locaust has been advanced on the road to sainthood. Britain's Catholic Herald newspaper said the file on Mother Riccarda Beau- champ Hamrough, who died in1966, was sent recently to the Vatican for investigation by the Congregation for Saints' Causes. Mother Riccarda was the director of the Bridgettine Sisters order and spent most of her life as a nun in Rome at the order's mother house. In 1943, after the Nazi occupation of Rome, she saved about 60 Roman Jews by hiding them in the convent.