ADL Welcomes South Korean Companies’ Clear and Public Stand Against Anti-Semitism

New York, NY, July 13, 2015 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed the “clear and public stand against anti-Semitism” by the South Korean companies Samsung C&T and Cheil Industries following the publication of anti-Jewish comments regarding their proposed merger.

In a July 12 letter to ADL’s national director, Joo Hwa Yoon, CEO of Cheil Industries, and Chi Hun Choi, CEO of Samsung C&T, unequivocally condemned anti-Semitism. “We are a company that is committed to respect for individuals and enforces strict non-discrimination policies,” they wrote.  “We condemn anti-Semitism in all its forms.”

“We are heartened that these South Korean corporate leaders are taking a clear and public stand against anti-Semitism,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “This statement makes unequivocally clear that anti-Semitism has no place in South Korea and within their companies.”

In reporting on the proposed merger, at least two South Korean media outlets blamed Jews for attempting to block the deal between the two subdivisions of the Samsung conglomerate. One publication wrote that Jewish power on Wall Street “has long been known to be ruthless and merciless.”  Last week, ADL called on the South Korean government to condemn the remarks.

A recent ADL survey of anti-Semitic attitudes in South Korea found that 53 percent of the adult population subscribes to a number of classic anti-Semitic canards, including the beliefs that “Jews have too much power in the business world” (59 percent), and, “Jews have too much power in international financial markets (57 percent).

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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