Korean-American community leaders said they plan to launch a protest against the publisher of a popular South Korean comic book that contains anti-Semitic images.
One comic strip in the book shows a man climbing a hill and then facing a brick wall with a Star of David and “STOP” sign in front. “The final obstacle to success is always a fortress called Jews,” a translation says.
Another strip shows a newspaper, magazine, TV and radio with the description: “In a word, American public debate belongs to the Jews, and it’s no exaggeration to say that U.S. media are the voice of the Jews.”
Yohngsohk Choe, co-chairman of the Korean American Patriotic Action Movement in the USA, said, “I don’t have words to describe the outrage I feel.”
The group met Friday with Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish advocacy group. Cooper said he would travel to Seoul on March 15 to raise concerns about the book.
The book, written by South Korean university professor Lee Won-bok, is part of a series called “Distant Countries and Neighboring Countries,” which is intended to teach youngsters about other countries. The series has sold more than 10 million copies.
Eun-Ju Park, chief executive of Seoul publisher Gimm-Young, said in an e-mail that the author sent an apology to Charles Kim, national president of the Los Angeles-based Korean-American Coalition.
Park wrote that she would look into the matter “more closely and correct what needs to be corrected.”