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Boycotts Against Denmark Spread
Zaman.online ^ | uesday, January 31, 2006 | Hasan Cucuk

Posted on 01/31/2006 8:06:10 PM PST by Leisler

Boycotts and outrage towards Denmark continue to increase after the Danish government announced it would not apologize for the publication of satirical cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed in Danish newspaper, Jyllands Posten.

The scandal has been costly for Denmark and the international dimension of the incident has begun to increase.

EU authorities handled the issue at the General Affairs Council Monday and focused on "respect for beliefs".

After Libya closed down its representative office in the Danish capital Copenhagen, Palestinians protesting the cartoons raided an EU office in Gaza and an Iraqi group demanded attacks be instigated against Danish targets.

Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassadors to Copenhagen and the boycott against Danish products quickly spread to other Gulf countries and Egypt as well.

The boycott negatively affected the Danish economy from the very first day.

The dairy company, Arla Foods, has halted all exports to the Middle East and is considering laying off employees as it is losing around 1.3 million euros a day in lost sales.

Arla, unable to sell goods in the country, was forced to close its factory in Riyadh yesterday and halted the construction of its new factory. The pharmaceutical products of Novo Nordisk, selling 30 million euros annually, were removed from pharmacy shelves. Danish goods were also removed from stands in Kuwaiti markets, and the United Arab Emirates joined the boycott chain yesterday.

The organization of Muslim Brothers, the main opposition in Egypt, called for a boycott against Danish goods.

Marianne Carstenskiold from the Danish Industrialists Association said they are helpless, "We want to conduct dialogue with the region, but even if the problem is solved, it will take time to return to the old days."

The boycott also negatively affects Muslims living in Denmark. Some Danes have demanded via messages sent the local SMS network, "Do not buy anything from the restaurants and shops belonging to Muslims.".

The developments have caused many unwanted incidents.

Two Arla workers were beaten in Saudi Arabia and the EU office in Palestine was over taken by an armed group. The supporters of al-Fatah who raided the office demanded an apology from Denmark and Norway. The armed group called, Jaish al-Mujaheeden, called on its supporters to attack Danish and Norwegian targets. The Norwegian government had apologized when the Norwegian newspaper, Magazinet, reprinted the cartoons from Jyllands Posten. Scandinavian countries have asked their citizens not to travel to the Middle East.

The EU Commissioner for Commerce, Peter Mandelson, emphasized they will seek action from the World Trade Organization (WTO) if Saudi Arabia supports the boycott.

Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik stated after the EU General Affairs Council gathering yesterday, "With the help of freedom of expression and the press, some basic religious values should not be humiliated in order to find a solution."

The EU High Representative, Javier Solana, stressed “religious values should be respected and no religion should be humiliated."

Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, backing the insulting cartoons published in Jyllands Posten on the grounds of "freedom of expression," said he did not approve of the cartoons adding, "I would never approve of the portrayal of Prophet Mohammed, Jesus or any other person in a humiliating way."

Rasmussen remarked that the government "will try its best to deal with the unfortunate events," while he continued to avoid making an official apology.

Danish companies make 2 billion euro turnover

The Islamic world produces an income of two billion euros for Denmark.

The country's leading cheese and butter producer, Arla's annual exports to Gulf countries reaches 400 million euros.

The Danish pharmaceutical firm, Novo Nordisk, and Danpo Chick and Grundfoss Water Pump companies export large amounts of goods to the region. Denmark's most fundamental trade partners among Muslim countries include the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Malaysia, Turkey, Egypt, and Indonesia. Saudi Arabia tops the list with 300 million euros in exports; while Turkey imports 280 million euros annually from Denmark.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: angrymuslims; bush; cammels; denmark; europe; iraq; islam; norway
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1 posted on 01/31/2006 8:06:13 PM PST by Leisler
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To: Leisler

Good, they don't need anymore Islamonazis.


2 posted on 01/31/2006 8:07:32 PM PST by Stayingawayfromthedarkside (The stink you smell are the liberals fuming after Ann speaks!!!)
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To: Leisler

Makes me want to go out and buy something made in Denmark.


3 posted on 01/31/2006 8:08:14 PM PST by CobaltBlue (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: Leisler

We need a "Carve Mohammad into a Pig's Hide" contest. Why let Denmark get all the glory?


4 posted on 01/31/2006 8:09:20 PM PST by thoughtomator
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To: Stayingawayfromthedarkside

Censoring pictures of Muhammad isn't worthy of the 21st century. It's not even worthy of the 11th century.


5 posted on 01/31/2006 8:09:21 PM PST by Post Toasties
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To: Leisler
Buy Danish!!!!

and no I do not mean those tasty pastries

6 posted on 01/31/2006 8:09:54 PM PST by A message
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To: Leisler

Denmark's one of our better friends in Europe - that's why they're being singled out.

Time to buy Danish products.


7 posted on 01/31/2006 8:10:17 PM PST by decal (Too many people mistake "tolerance" for "approval")
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To: Leisler

What does Denmark sell, and where can I buy it?


8 posted on 01/31/2006 8:11:49 PM PST by TheSpottedOwl ("The Less You Have...The More They'll Take"- bf)
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To: Stayingawayfromthedarkside
I doubt that they were buying anything from Denmark anyway.I guess that since they hate the place so much they will pack up their camel and haul ass back to the desert.
9 posted on 01/31/2006 8:13:13 PM PST by rdcorso (There Is No Such Thing As A Neutral Person During A War With Radical Islam.)
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To: Leisler

Islam must be the most fragile religion.


10 posted on 01/31/2006 8:13:47 PM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: decal

Send me the ham! And a couple of the blondes, too!


11 posted on 01/31/2006 8:13:50 PM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: Leisler
The boycott negatively affected the Danish economy from the very first day.

ROFL! Instant results! The BS meter just pegged itself, jumped off the wall and transformed into a goat! Really! I saw it happen!

12 posted on 01/31/2006 8:15:38 PM PST by JoeSixPack1
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To: TheSpottedOwl

http://www.danishfood.net/


13 posted on 01/31/2006 8:16:31 PM PST by decal (Too many people mistake "tolerance" for "approval")
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To: Leisler

What Danish products do they sell in the USA? I'll go out and buy some even if I don't need them.


14 posted on 01/31/2006 8:17:30 PM PST by Dustbunny (Can we build it - Yes we can - Bob the Builder - Can we win it - Yes we can - Geo. W. Bush)
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To: ncountylee

The Pigphat Muhammad says the world is flat, Inshallah, according to the Quran. You bet Islam's fragile.


15 posted on 01/31/2006 8:17:30 PM PST by Post Toasties
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To: Leisler
"The EU High Representative, Javier Solana, stressed “religious values should be respected and no religion should be humiliated."

Bravo Mr. "EU High Representative" - now then, when may I have my building permit to build a tiny Christian Chapel in Saudi Arabia?

When will you condemn the Muslim lunatics bombing churches and beheading Jews and Christian.....

Huh?

Semper Fi

16 posted on 01/31/2006 8:17:43 PM PST by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: Leisler
This guy's mo-mo-mohammed drawings are great.
17 posted on 01/31/2006 8:18:00 PM PST by Leisler ("For English, please press two.")
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To: Emmett McCarthy
Send me the ham! And a couple of the blondes, too!

Don't forget the Carlsberg!

http://www.carlsberg.com/index.htm
18 posted on 01/31/2006 8:19:05 PM PST by decal (Too many people mistake "tolerance" for "approval")
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To: Leisler

I have always supported Denmark in the World Cup (except against England) and I will be sure to urge them on now!


19 posted on 01/31/2006 8:19:22 PM PST by relictele
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To: Leisler

The inability to blow off satire is a clear indicator of a severe lack of self-confidence.


20 posted on 01/31/2006 8:19:48 PM PST by xrp
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To: CobaltBlue; decal; TheSpottedOwl

Buy Danish
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1568279/posts

A friend said she got some Havarti cheese, imported from Denmark today.
And that was in Columbia, MO at a Hy-Vee store...that's a really
average American grocery, not some specialized import shop.


21 posted on 01/31/2006 8:20:15 PM PST by VOA
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To: decal

I agree the Danes have spine and they are a good ally. People need to buy some of their products when they can in stores.


22 posted on 01/31/2006 8:21:03 PM PST by MARKUSPRIME
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To: decal

Oi, forgot about Carlsburg. Thanks for the reminder.


23 posted on 01/31/2006 8:21:08 PM PST by A message
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To: Post Toasties
Censoring pictures of Muhammad isn't worthy of the 21st century.
It's not even worthy of the 11th century.


I don't know...seeing how one of the first casualties of Mohammed was
a poet who dared to make fun of The Prophet.

IIRC, he had her killed, while cradling her young child.

Source: "Jihad In The West" by Paul Fregosi
24 posted on 01/31/2006 8:23:24 PM PST by VOA
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To: All
Sorry, here is his website with ALL of his pics.
25 posted on 01/31/2006 8:23:58 PM PST by Leisler ("For English, please press two.")
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To: Dustbunny

see post 21...


26 posted on 01/31/2006 8:24:14 PM PST by VOA
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To: CobaltBlue

Danish butter cookies. They're everywhere. I don't know why there aren't any American ones. Maybe those Danish cows make the difference.


27 posted on 01/31/2006 8:24:19 PM PST by The Red Zone
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To: decal

"Rødkål i plastikspand (Red Cabbage in plastic bucket) "


Looks yummy.


28 posted on 01/31/2006 8:24:34 PM PST by dynachrome ("Where am I? Where am I going? Why am I in a handbasket?")
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To: Leisler
The Norwegian government had apologized when the Norwegian newspaper, Magazinet, reprinted the cartoons from Jyllands Posten.

Cowards.

29 posted on 01/31/2006 8:24:44 PM PST by Last Dakotan
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To: Leisler
I'm going to Publix tomorrow morning and buy a half dozen Danish.

Leni

30 posted on 01/31/2006 8:25:17 PM PST by MinuteGal ("FReeps Ahoy 4" thread is up. Click red "4" in Keywords list on top of "Latest Posts" page)
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To: TheSpottedOwl
What does Denmark sell, and where can I buy it?

You can get some Lagkagebunde online. Maybe, some packaged møøse. Which reminds me...A møøse once bit my sister ...
31 posted on 01/31/2006 8:26:16 PM PST by cowtowney
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To: MARKUSPRIME

Remember this chap?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1441201/posts


32 posted on 01/31/2006 8:26:48 PM PST by decal (Too many people mistake "tolerance" for "approval")
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To: Leisler

Muslim insanity at it's best. These are the wackos Israel sat across the table from during the Oslo negotiations. Can you imagine how idiotic those talks must have been? Muhammad was insane and so are many of his acolytes. One has to be a fool to buy into this cult


33 posted on 01/31/2006 8:27:33 PM PST by dennisw ("What one man can do another can do" - The Edge)
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34 posted on 01/31/2006 8:30:19 PM PST by dennisw ("What one man can do another can do" - The Edge)
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To: CobaltBlue

I was just thinking the same thing. Anyone know of any Danish products I can go out and buy?


35 posted on 01/31/2006 8:32:22 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: VOA

Thank you, I did. Don't any stores here in the USA carry any of their products.


36 posted on 01/31/2006 8:33:32 PM PST by Dustbunny (Can we build it - Yes we can - Bob the Builder - Can we win it - Yes we can - Geo. W. Bush)
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To: Leisler

That is an interesting site.


37 posted on 01/31/2006 8:37:14 PM PST by A message
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To: Leisler

More at

http://thestudyofrevenge.blogspot.com/

38 posted on 01/31/2006 8:37:38 PM PST by Leisler ("For English, please press two.")
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To: Last Dakotan

The Norwegian Government is reliving its WWII Nazi collaborationism by trying to be a pack of Dhimmi Quislings.


39 posted on 01/31/2006 8:39:38 PM PST by Post Toasties
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To: CobaltBlue

Great butter, ham, furniture and Georg Jensen silver. Worth looking into.

Maybe the Danes will get lucky and all the "outraged" Islamoscum will move out of the country.


40 posted on 01/31/2006 8:40:14 PM PST by garyhope (Happy, healthy, prosperous New Year to all good Freepers and our brave military.)
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To: Leisler
Support the Denmark. Buy Danish cheese!
41 posted on 01/31/2006 8:44:21 PM PST by Lorianne
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To: metmom

If your supermarket has an imported cheese section, buy Danish cheese .... it's yummy!


42 posted on 01/31/2006 8:46:10 PM PST by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

We have HUGE supermarkets here (Wegman's) and they have HUGE imported food sections. And we love good cheese. Thanks.


43 posted on 01/31/2006 8:53:53 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Leisler

Buying Danish goods is always a good thing, but if you want to mitigate the boycott, you probably don't want to buy alcohol or ham, as these things never had a market in the arab lands. You should, however, be able to find havarti cheese and butter cookies in any grocery store. The Danish flag is red with a white cross, look for it on the label if you can't find a "made in Denmark" notice.


44 posted on 01/31/2006 8:55:21 PM PST by HolgerDansk ("Oh Bother", said Pooh, as he worked the bolt.)
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To: CobaltBlue

I just bought 2 "The 69 Eyes" CDs from an online shop Denmark.
[they're kinda like a Viking Goth band]

I'm doing my part!.....:))


45 posted on 01/31/2006 8:56:08 PM PST by Salamander (Cursed With Second Sight)
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To: Leisler

Do Not Boycott Danish Products

Mohammed Al-Jazairy

http://www.asharqalawsat.com/english/news.asp?section=2&id=3598


In front of one the exam halls of King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, a young man stopped me with a smile and handed me a piece of paper. On it, clearly emotional words were written calling for the immediate boycott of Danish imports. Later, that same day, a text message appeared on my mobile phone demanding the same thing and asking me to spread the message to as many people as possible. The background for such a request is well known. A Danish newspaper, in a racially prejudiced manner, published a series of cartoons mocking our beloved Prophet Mohammad.

To start with, an economic boycott would be economically futile because the majority of the products that featured on the leaflets or were mentioned in the text messages are part of Saudi-owned franchises. This means that those who will suffer the most are in fact the local franchise owners. For example, amongst the products that we are asked to boycott is a product that is being marketed by a Saudi businessman who employs possibly up to three thousand Saudi people in his firm.

A story should be recounted at this point. During the peak of the call for boycotting American products, I discovered that every part of a sandwich sold by a certain American fast food chain was 100% Saudi. This chain alone employed seven thousand Saudis all over the kingdom. Moreover, that chain in particular plays a role in humanitarian efforts such as organizing excursions for orphans.

What is simultaneously distressing and funny about the boycott campaign of Danish products, is that some columnists seek a false heroism by stirring emotions. Others see the issue as an opportunity for readers to swallow their less radical opinions in other matters at other times. Finally, there are those who simply could not find a better topic to meet the deadlines of their publication.

What puzzled me even more was how a fish restaurant could promote that it boycotted Danish imports unless the owner had found this an excellent opportunity to promote his own restaurant through condemning foreign products, all at the expense of people's emotions. Surely, the Danish newspaper in question has committed an unacceptable act on all humanitarian levels. Surely, a strong reaction should be taken. However, the correct reaction is more along the lines taken by the Muslims of Denmark, that is, by filing a lawsuit in the Danish courts against the newspaper in defense of our religious symbol, because there they realize that freedom of the press is not without regulations and rules. As for the Saudi fish restaurant owner, it would be more respectable and effective for him if he supported financially the organizations that are filing the lawsuit.

We all condemn the newspaper and reject its unjustifiable attitude. However, playing on collective emotions should be abhorred. The responses of some Muslim communities in the West in dealing with the crisis are far more civilized than the Middle Eastern responses. Remember the Muslim Swedes who mourned for the Swedish Foreign Minister who died two years ago and prayed for her soul despite the fact that she was a Christian. Does this not resemble more the message of our beloved Prophet?


46 posted on 01/31/2006 8:57:05 PM PST by Valin (Purple Fingers Rule!)
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To: CobaltBlue

I'm going to have a Danish for breakfast tomorrow to support Denmark.


48 posted on 01/31/2006 8:59:13 PM PST by PeoplesRepublicOfWashington (How long do we have to pretend that Democrats are patriots?)
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To: Leisler

I'll be sure to buy Danish products if I could only find them...anyone have a list?

Dansk---that's the furniture company right?


49 posted on 01/31/2006 9:00:52 PM PST by eleni121 ('Thou hast conquered, O Galilean!' (Julian the Apostate))
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To: TheSpottedOwl

The supermarket chain "Food for Less" is featuring Danish Hams. Really Good!


50 posted on 01/31/2006 9:01:23 PM PST by TaMoDee
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