Oh those horrible Asian "anti-Semites"!! How dare they!
South Korean author says he will change a comic book criticized as anti-Semitic
Article Last Updated:02/27/2007 11:00:38 AM EST
CHAPTER ON JEWS
Comic book author will make changes
SEOUL, South Korea -- The author of a best-selling comic book series intended to teach children about other countries says he will change a chapter on Jews that has been called anti-Semitic and similar to Nazi propaganda.
But Rhie Won-bok maintained his depiction of Jewish control of American media and politics was based on fact and "commonly believed."
"The Jews are the invisible force that controls the U.S.," Rhie, a professor of visual arts, said yesterday. "I wrote the chapter to let people know that you can't understand the U.S. without knowing the Jewish community."
Rhie said the Sept. 11 attacks occurred because of Arab terrorists' hatred for the U.S. he blamed on Jews who "move the U.S. in the way they want using money and the media as their weapon."
More than 10 million copies from the 12-book series titled "Meon Nara, Yiwoot Nara," or "Far Countries, Near Countries," have been sold since it was first published in 1987, according to its publisher, Gimm-Young Publishers Inc, which boasts that at least one volume is in every South Korean home.
The comics with playfully drawn figures have sought to explain European countries, the U.S., Japan and even Korea itself.
The first volume of three focusing on the United States was published in 2004. In a chapter titled "You have to know the Jews to see the U.S.," Rhie takes a wide-ranging look at Jewish history, mentioning the Holocaust and Jews being spread throughout the world without a homeland.
Although noting that Jews have faced prejudice for many centuries, the book takes a more sinister view of their role in the United States.
The book says Korean-Americans are diligent and successful in the U.S. "but in the end, always run into the wall called the Jews." The accompanying picture shows an exasperated man walking up a hill only to be blocked by a brick wall with a Star of David and the word "STOP" in English.
Images from the book "echo classic Nazi canards," Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center said in a statement earlier this month. In a letter sent to the publishers, Cooper urged them to review "the slanders in this book that historically have led to anti-Semitism, violence, hatred and even genocide."
Rhie asserted he is "not at all anti-Semitic" and that he would remove the parts that have drawn offense or write them differently. "The last thing I want is a conflict between the Koreans and the Jews because of my book," he said.
There is no established Jewish community in Korea.http://www.yorkdispatch.com/nationworld/ci_5314513