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The president of Qatar's Chamber of Commerce told Qatari media on June 7, however, that Qatar has enough food durables such as grain stored in strategic reserves to last for a year, and should have no trouble importing fresh food needs.
"There will be no shortage of food and other products as more than 95 percent of imports arrive by air and sea," Qatari Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim al-Thani said.
Muslims the world over were incensed, and in January 2006 Saudi Arabian clerics called for a boycott of Danish goods.
Within days, most retailers in the Arab world had pulled Arla’s products off their shelves.
At least 44 Palestinians and eight Israelis have been killed since violence broke out in the beginning of this month over Israeli incursions into Al-Aqsa Mosque compound - Islam's third holiest place.Arla fought back, but its revenues didn’t rebound until 2010—an indication of how powerfully Islam affects Arab markets.In fact, its influence is much stronger in the Arab world than it is in nations with large Muslim populations such as Indonesia, India, and Bangladesh.Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Libya, and several other Sunni-led Arab nations have severed diplomatic relations, cut off transport routes, and suspended other ties with Qatar, accusing it of getting too close to Iran and funding "extremist" groups.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has good relations with Qatar and both countries have backed the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt as well as rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.