Israeli envoy slams South Korea Nazi bar

Ambassador quoted in newspaper as "disgusted" by establishment; owner: "I wanted to be different."

October 8, 2007 11:37
Israeli envoy slams South Korea Nazi bar

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Israel's envoy to South Korea has expressed anger over a Nazi-themed bar in a Seoul suburb, a news report said Monday. "I feel repulsed, outraged and disgusted," Ambassador Yigal Caspi was quoted as saying in the Korea Herald, which carried the diplomat's reaction in a front-page article about the drinking establishment. The newspaper published neither the bar's name nor the municipality where it is located, saying it did not want to "give them any publicity." The English-language paper said only that the bar is in a "northern city of Seoul." It published a photo of a red Nazi swastika it said adorns the establishment's entrance. It also quoted the bar's unidentified owner as saying he chose the Nazi theme because "I wanted to be different." News of the bar comes after a South Korean publisher agreed in March to withdraw a best-selling children's book from stores amid accusations the author spread messages echoing Nazi propaganda. The Korea Herald also quoted several other ambassadors in South Korea as condemning the bar. A call to the Israeli Embassy after business hours was answered by a recording.

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