The author of a South Korean educational series said he would change chapters on Jews that were criticized as anti-Semitic, but said the stereotypes were accurate. “The Jews are the invisible force that controls the U.S.,” Lee Won-bok, a Seoul university professor, told The Associated Press. “I wrote the chapter to let people know that you canâ€™t understand the U.S. without knowing the Jewish community.” The publication, in comic book format, is part of a series titled “Distant Countries and Neighboring Countries” designed to teach Korean students about other nations. Since its 1987 publication it has sold more than 10 million copies in Korea, a country with 48 million people. One cartoon depicts a newspaper, magazine, radio and TV set with the caption, “In a word, American public debate belongs to the Jews.” The book also indirectly blames the Jews for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and claims that Korean-Americans are hardworking “but in the end, always run into the wall called the Jews.” Lee said he is not anti-Semitic and that his assertions about the Jews are “commonly believed,” but that he would remove or change the passages, the AP reported.
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