Anti-Semites gone wild in … South Korea?

Who knew South Korea was a seething hotbed of anti-semitism? SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The author of a best-selling comic book series intended to teach children about other countries said Monday he would change a chapter on Jews that has been called anti-Semitic and similar to Nazi propaganda. Rhie Won-bok maintained, however, that his ...

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Who knew South Korea was a seething hotbed of anti-semitism?

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The author of a best-selling comic book series intended to teach children about other countries said Monday he would change a chapter on Jews that has been called anti-Semitic and similar to Nazi propaganda.

Rhie Won-bok maintained, however, that his depiction of Jewish control of American media and politics was based on fact and "commonly believed."

Who knew South Korea was a seething hotbed of anti-semitism?

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The author of a best-selling comic book series intended to teach children about other countries said Monday he would change a chapter on Jews that has been called anti-Semitic and similar to Nazi propaganda.

Rhie Won-bok maintained, however, that 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 at Duksung Women’s University in Seoul, told The Associated Press. “I wrote the chapter to let people know that you can’t understand the U.S. without knowing the Jewish community.”

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. […]

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. […]

Rhie said the September 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.”

The book also 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.

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