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Controversial South Korean comic pulled
By Karl Schneider
March 17, 2007
Far Countries, Near Countries
A best selling children's book will be pulled from stores after a the publisher met with a prominent anti-Semitism watchdog group that accused the author of spreading messages echoing Nazi propaganda.
The comic series, titled Far Countries, Near Countries
, has sold more than 10 million copies since it was first published in 1987.
One of the books contains a chapter claiming Jews were the driving force for the hatred that led to the September 11th attacks, that they exert control over all U.S. media and also prevent Korean-Americans from succeeding in the United States.
The author, Rhie Won-bok, said he would consider how to change the book and would undertake an "all-out revision." Earlier, he had maintained despite the criticism that his depiction of Jews was accurate and insisted he was not anti-Semitic.
"I'm sorry to see things like a frog in a well," Rhie said Thursday, referring to a traditional Korean saying that a frog in a well is unaware of the larger world outside. "In the future, I will write books in a more responsible way."