Skip to comments.Boycotts Against Denmark Spread
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.
Good, they don't need anymore Islamonazis.
Makes me want to go out and buy something made in Denmark.
We need a "Carve Mohammad into a Pig's Hide" contest. Why let Denmark get all the glory?
Censoring pictures of Muhammad isn't worthy of the 21st century. It's not even worthy of the 11th century.
and no I do not mean those tasty pastries
Denmark's one of our better friends in Europe - that's why they're being singled out.
Time to buy Danish products.
What does Denmark sell, and where can I buy it?
Islam must be the most fragile religion.
Send me the ham! And a couple of the blondes, too!
ROFL! Instant results! The BS meter just pegged itself, jumped off the wall and transformed into a goat! Really! I saw it happen!
What Danish products do they sell in the USA? I'll go out and buy some even if I don't need them.
The Pigphat Muhammad says the world is flat, Inshallah, according to the Quran. You bet Islam's fragile.
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.....
I have always supported Denmark in the World Cup (except against England) and I will be sure to urge them on now!
The inability to blow off satire is a clear indicator of a severe lack of self-confidence.
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.
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.
Oi, forgot about Carlsburg. Thanks for the reminder.
see post 21...
Danish butter cookies. They're everywhere. I don't know why there aren't any American ones. Maybe those Danish cows make the difference.
"Rødkål i plastikspand (Red Cabbage in plastic bucket) "
Remember this chap?
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
I was just thinking the same thing. Anyone know of any Danish products I can go out and buy?
Thank you, I did. Don't any stores here in the USA carry any of their products.
That is an interesting site.
The Norwegian Government is reliving its WWII Nazi collaborationism by trying to be a pack of Dhimmi Quislings.
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.
If your supermarket has an imported cheese section, buy Danish cheese .... it's yummy!
We have HUGE supermarkets here (Wegman's) and they have HUGE imported food sections. And we love good cheese. Thanks.
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.
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!.....:))
Do Not Boycott Danish Products
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?
I'm going to have a Danish for breakfast tomorrow to support Denmark.
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?
The supermarket chain "Food for Less" is featuring Danish Hams. Really Good!