Another Oh-For-Pete’s-Sake Alert. “Denmark’s offensive Jewish cookies,” from the European Jewish Press, with thanks to D. C. Watson:
A group of Danish Muslims refuse to eat traditional “Jewish” cookies because they feel offended by the name.
According to the daily Danish newspaper B.T., Ole Poulsen, head of the public food consumer department said that the Muslim refusal to buy the cookies could have an effect on sales.
“If this will be the case, then we would be obliged to do something about it,” he declared.
He added that changing the product name was a possibility, as had in the past been done with the “Negroes” kiss” cakes, which were rebranded with a more neutral name.
Jewish cookies, which are made with cinnamon and hazelnuts and actually have nothing particularly Jewish about them, are very popular in Denmark during the pre-Christmas period.
Denmark’s chief rabbi, Bent Lexner, said that he did not see any problem in a name change.
“There is nothing Jewish in it and I wouldn’t mind another name, but I think that it would be better to educate Muslims to respect the culture of the majority in Denmark, if they want the majority to respect their culture”.
of course, Rabbi Lexner.