The Simon Wiesenthal Center denounced on Thursday the broad use of ‘classic anti-Semitism’ by leading Korean authors Professor Lee Won-bok in a book from his series Monnara Iunnara (Distant Countries and Neighboring Countries).
The series studies countries in a comic book format and for the last 20 years have sold over 10 million copies to young Koreans.
“The images in question in Monnara Iunnara echo classic Nazi canards like those found in Der Sturmer and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion by recycling various Jewish conspiracies like Jewish control of the media and money, Jews profiting from war, and even the reason for the 9/11 attacks was that, ‘Jews use money and the media as weapons in America to do as they want’,” charged Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Wiesenthal Center.
“The author also even alleges that the ‘final obstacle to success’ in the US for Korean-Americans is a so-called ‘wall of the Jews’,” the rabbi added.
“The Center urges Koreans of goodwill whatever their political, ideological or religious affiliation to denounce this bigotry and strongly suggest that if they wish to know the truth about the Jewish people and their values that they reach out to their Jewish neighbors,” said Cooper.
Cooper is also urging the Eun-ju Park, CEO of Gimm-Young, the publisher of Monnara Iunnara, to “carefully review the slanders in this book that historically have led to anti-Semitic violence and genocide” and instead “consider providing facts about the Jewish people, our religion and values to young Koreans.”
Cooper also acknowledged the efforts of American expatriates in Korea who brought this issue to the Center’s attention.