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What moral high ground?

Denmark’s Boycott Bank Linked to North Korea-Iran Ballistic Missiles Sales


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A North Korean ballistic missile that was shipped to Iran.

A North Korean ballistic missile that was shipped to Iran.
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When JewishPress.com reported on Denmark’s Danske Bank’s “boycott” of Israel’s Bank HaPoalim, we pointed out the curious fact that Danske Bank actually doesn’t do any business at all with any Israeli bank, leading one to wonder about the motivations for their announced boycott.

You may now stop wondering.

David Goldman of Pajamas Media uncovered a 2009 Wikileaks cable in which it exposes that Danske Bank provided financial services to Tanchon, a North Korean company that sold ballistic missiles to Iran.

FOR DENMARK ONLY: — We previously raised with you in March 2006 our concern (REF L) that Tanchon Commercial Bank maintained a correspondent account with Den Danske Bank AS- Copenhagen. According to April 2009 Bankers Almanac information, Tanchon still maintains that account.

The US State Department had warned Danske Bank about their providing services to Tachnon in 2006, and the bank apparently chose to ignore it, despite the “legal and ethical” issues it raised.

Only in 2010, did Danske Bank state that it finally stopped doing business with Iran.

Nothing we’re aware of, about them not doing business anymore with North Korea.

Either way, so much for that moral high ground they were claiming.

Shalom Bear

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  1. KjeldHesselmann125 says:

    I’m Danish and use Danske Bank as a regular customer. If the Bank’s administration cannot explain satisfactorily the content of this article I’m moving my assets the day tomorrow.

  2. Kjeld Hesselmann says:

    I’m Danish and use Danske Bank as a regular customer. If the Bank’s administration cannot explain satisfactorily the content of this article I’m moving my assets the day tomorrow.

  3. ShaneWesbrock says:

    One has nothing to do with the other. The settlements are wrong, the subjugation of any people regardless of race or religion is wrong. Sure, nobody wants Iranians to have weapons. But civilised people don’t want the kind of apartheid that we now see in the West Bank, either. It wasn’t right in Europe before the emancipation of the Jews, and it isn’t right when it it happens to the Palestinians. Regardless of scale, universal human rights are important.

  4. This reminds me a bit of the news that some of our ally's businesses during the gulf war were making oil deals behind our backs with Sadam while our boys were fighting.

  5. Not surprised at all from an EU country , the only thing tjat unites this fractured dysfunctional continent is the hatred for us jews . Jews shiuld leave EU and drop any assets

  6. BeneditoUbirataDolphin says:

    Denmark is having the strategy, or the bank? This is not a theoretical topic of Capitalism, which criticizes the fundamentalist Capitalism. Would say that the prisons of Israel have committed a criminal offense abroad, then all Israel is criminal.
    Youth and the War on Public Education in the Age of Casino Capitalism
    Henry A. Giroux (key word: market fundamentalist)

    this publication were in the University of Michigan (http://www.soe.umich.edu), but it’s not there anymore, or wrong thinking me that the link was there. Or so I took at the University of Canada (where he studied http://www.humanities.mcmaster.ca/~girouxh/online_articles.htm), however still exists in searches the internet elsewhere. I believe it was not the Americans that have hampered the search text. You know much better than I Israelis as is the world of those who do not want you to have information. He has work with Noam Chomsky, hugs for Israel.

  7. Adam Weisman says:

    I live in Denmark, nothing but lazy people here!

  8. DenisMacEoin851 says:

    What apartheid? There is certainly no apartheid in Israel proper, quite the opposite in fact. In the West Bank some Jews and most Palestinians choose to live separately, but that isn’t apartheid. Palestinians working for Israeli firms like Sodastream receive the best treatment of any Arabs anywhere. That is not apartheid. There are no apartheid laws. But measures are taken to keep Jews secure from Palestinian terrorist attacks. What country would be criticized for keeping its citizens safe from death and injury? Only Israel. Your bigotry is clear for all to see.

  9. ShaneWesbrock says:

    Denis MacEoin, Thank you for taking a moment to call me a bigot. However, I am not a bigot. Rather, I am someone who believes in science. Human beings are all the same and equal. As animals, we are not particularly diverse. As for culture, the Jewish people have enjoyed a long and beautiful culture, and added so very much to civilization. Your assumption about me is quite wrong. So which apartheid? This has nothing to do with bigotry. Here are some facts. In the west bank, (the land allocated to the Palestinians, Palestinians are pushed into small enclaves representing less than 50% of their land inside the green line. Land in the west bank is earmarked for more settlement and off limits from Palestinians. Now, I am pretty sure that settling the west bank does not make Jews safer from terrorists, but nice try! When palestinians try to build, their houses are often bulldozed because they don’t have the proper permits and because the Palestinian Land land is allocated for Jews. Most of the water is now diverted from the Palestinians (who own it) to Jewish settlements. I am someone who believes in equal rights for all people, including Palestinians. If you think that this is about keeping Jewish people safe, you are terribly naive. There have been roughly 1000 Jewish people killed in the last 14 years and about 7000 Palestinians killed. I think this is pretty obviously not about keeping Jewish people safe. Now, only Israel, you ask. Of course not only Israel, but why would I talk about Indonesia here? You should really reinforce your argument before calling someone a bigot. It is called an ad hominem attack. It is logically fallacious and ridiculous since you do not know me.

  10. RonKall says:

    Shane Wesbrock Your not a bigot for being brainwashed into believing what you say about Israel. You are one hundred percent dishonest with your comparisons and completely void of reality when objectively looking at the phony issue of a made up arab people who never existed as a distinct people. So, your arguments, no matter how profuse are based on fantasy instead of facts. Where were you when Jordan illegally occupied the same areas!?? History does not start yesterday, so if you choose to ignore the real history of all of Palestine and what has occurred there, then you have no right to make up history!

  11. Denis MacEoin says:

    What apartheid? There is certainly no apartheid in Israel proper, quite the opposite in fact. In the West Bank some Jews and most Palestinians choose to live separately, but that isn't apartheid. Palestinians working for Israeli firms like Sodastream receive the best treatment of any Arabs anywhere. That is not apartheid. There are no apartheid laws. But measures are taken to keep Jews secure from Palestinian terrorist attacks. What country would be criticized for keeping its citizens safe from death and injury? Only Israel. Your bigotry is clear for all to see.

  12. EvaFeld says:

    This planet is hell bent on destroying itself.

  13. Ron Kall says:

    Shane Wesbrock Your not a bigot for being brainwashed into believing what you say about Israel. You are one hundred percent dishonest with your comparisons and completely void of reality when objectively looking at the phony issue of a made up arab people who never existed as a distinct people. So, your arguments, no matter how profuse are based on fantasy instead of facts. Where were you when Jordan illegally occupied the same areas!?? History does not start yesterday, so if you choose to ignore the real history of all of Palestine and what has occurred there, then you have no right to make up history!

  14. AlastairBloom says:

    Who’s a very silly boy then !!! What a plank … abuse abuse abuse … that all I have to say … bye

  15. ChaimSzmidt says:

    APARTHEID?!?!?!? Really Shane? Do you have any idea what Apartheid is/was? EDUCATE yourself, not with revisionist fantasies, but read history as it really happened only then will you be able to open your mouth without sounding foolish. Either because you failed to educate yourself properly or because you have bought lock, stock and barrel a logically fallacious story can you accuse Israel of apartheid.

  16. ChaimSzmidt says:

    Perhaps Rogers Waters sits be on their Board of Trustees? He and the bank definitely suffer of the same hypocritical lack of moral integrity or even an elementary grasp of truth.

  17. ShaneWesbrock says:

    Ron Kall, thank you for agreeing that I ma not brainwashed. I know that history doesn’t start yesterday, but I am certainly not making up history either. Let’s start with the Arab people who “never existed as a distinct people.” I don’t believe in distinct people; in fact, I see that comment as a racist euphemism for racial or cultural purity. And I admit, I am anti-nationalist. Now, when Jordan occupied the West Bank before 1967, I wasn’t born and there was no handy internet to have this conversation, so that is where I was…. As for the current occupation and settlement scheme, I would be very interested to hear your justifications. Speaking of history, in 1948 the Jews accounted for 30% of the people, almost all Eastern European immigrants (I have read all my Theodore Hertzl and Pinsker) They held only 7% of the land, but after the end of the British mandate, they took about 70% (I have read all my Benny Morris too). Now if that isn’t a fact, I don’t know what is. I recently wrote a 20 page paper asking the question about this. There are some factual similarities to apartheid.
    1. Palestinians are essentially cut off in the west bank by “Jewish only” roads which divide them into the equivalent of Bantustans.
    2. They have no representation in regard to the government which occupies them. (In fact, South African racial Homelands had more representation and control over municipalities)
    3. They were indeed forcefully either removed of frightened into fleeing their land within Israel proper in 1948, specifically after the massacre in Deir Yassin, and the subsequent fleeing of up to 800,000 Palestinian people.
    3. Israel passed a law which specifically kept the Palestinians from returning to their homes.
    4. After Israel occupied Jerusalem, they never gave full rights to the Arab people who lived there, instead, they were maintained as 2nd class non-residents
    5. Israel is a Jewish state, so we can automatically assume some sort of elevated status for Jews, which we certainly see both within Israel and in the West BAnk.
    There are some differences for sure;
    1. Jews who came to the land of Israel came to escape genocide and murder from fascist, racist and nationalist regimes in Europe, and not as colonialists for profit as did the Dutch and British in the cape of Africa.
    2. Israel does not engage in petty apartheid wherein there is segregation within Israeli society.
    3. Israel does not exploit Palestinians for cheap labour.
    4. South Africans never had white only roads.
    5 South Africans never bombed villages with helicopter gunships even though they were subject to terrorism from the ANC and others.

    Now tell me, which of these facts is fantasy?

  18. ShaneWesbrock says:

    Chaim Szmidt Thank you for your assumption that I am uneducated. Read my reply to Ron Kall on the similarities I listed to apartheid and please tell me where I went wrong. I am pretty well educated on this subject, but maybe I am reading the wrong books? Thank you for your input!

  19. Eva Feld says:

    This planet is hell bent on destroying itself.

  20. Who's a very silly boy then !!! What a plank … abuse abuse abuse … that all I have to say … bye

  21. Chaim Szmidt says:

    Perhaps Rogers Waters sits be on their Board of Trustees? He and the bank definitely suffer of the same hypocritical lack of moral integrity or even an elementary understanding of truth.

  22. Chaim Szmidt says:

    APARTHEID?!?!?!? Really Shane? Do you have any idea what Apartheid is/was? EDUCATE yourself, not with revisionist fantasies, but read history as it really happened only then will you be able to open your mouth without sounding foolish. Either because you failed to educate yourself properly or because you have bought lock, stock and barrel a logically fallacious story can you accuse Israel of apartheid.

  23. AndrésRosendo says:

    The world is not losing patience to see a butcher sadistic dictator who tortures and massacres his own people to stay in power a few more years, or seeing soldiers who gas children to death or drops thermobaric bombs in the middle of residential areas, razing entire neighborhoods, torturing and killing thousands of civilians randomly like the Assad henchmen does?

    The world is not losing patience about the Turkish occupation of northern Cyprus, Chinese crimes in Tibet, Russian occupation of Abkhazia and Chechnya, colonial Spanish occupation of Morocco, Ceuta and Melilla and the prohibition for Catalonia to obtain independence, French occupation of New Caledonia, Martinique, Guadeloupe and Miquelon, British occupation of Gibraltar, Northern Ireland and the Falklands, Iranian occupation of the islands of Abu Musa, Greater Tunb and Lesser Tunb, the oppression in North Korea, the lack of independence for Kurdistan or the fact that Cubans can’t choose their own government in free elections for the last 55 years? What kind of world is this?

    Eurotrash banks have no problem with importing goods made in Chinese prisons and Bangladeshi sweatshops, supporting economic activity in Moroccan occupied territories or buying oil from repressive islamist regimes. But Jews building homes in their ancient Jewish homeland, really offends Europe’s sense of “morality”.

    I’m also starting to lose patience.

    BOYCOTT THE BOYCOTTERS

  24. The world is not losing patience to see a butcher sadistic dictator who tortures and massacres his own people to stay in power a few more years, or seeing soldiers who gas children to death or drops thermobaric bombs in the middle of residential areas, razing entire neighborhoods, torturing and killing thousands of civilians randomly like the Assad henchmen does?

    The world is not losing patience about the Turkish occupation of northern Cyprus, Chinese crimes in Tibet, Russian occupation of Abkhazia and Chechnya, colonial Spanish occupation of Morocco, Ceuta and Melilla and the prohibition for Catalonia to obtain independence, French occupation of New Caledonia, Martinique, Guadeloupe and Miquelon, British occupation of Gibraltar, Northern Ireland and the Falklands, Iranian occupation of the islands of Abu Musa, Greater Tunb and Lesser Tunb, the oppression in North Korea, the lack of independence for Kurdistan or the fact that Cubans can't choose their own government in free elections for the last 55 years? What kind of world is this?

    Eurotrash banks have no problem with importing goods made in Chinese prisons and Bangladeshi sweatshops, supporting economic activity in Moroccan occupied territories or buying oil from repressive islamist regimes. But Jews building homes in their ancient Jewish homeland, really offends Europe's sense of "morality".

    I'm also starting to lose patience.

    BOYCOTT THE BOYCOTTERS

  25. Thjank you Sir!
    Thank you!
    Please help us and spread the word to everyone, neighbour, friend, wider family: Israel is JUST!!!
    Continue to stand by us!
    Tack!

    Gábor Fränkl from Budapest, Hungary

  26. JessicaParker468 says:

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  27. The NCRI is comprised of 25 committees that act as shadow ministries. The committees are responsible for expert research and planning for future Iran. For more information visit http://www.ncr-iran.org/en


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