Earlham College drops Sabra hummus over involvement in Israeli human rights violations

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Today, BDS Earlham sent out the following press release:

In Response to Student and Faculty Concerns, Earlham College’s Dining Services Decides to Stop Selling Sabra Products

On the 5th of September, Earlham College’s dining service agreed to have Sabra Hummus removed from the coffee shop after being informed of the involvement in Israeli human rights violations in Palestine by Strauss Group Ltd., of which Sabra Dipping Company, LLC is a subsidiary. The decision comes after a group of concerned students and faculty approached Earlham’s dining services requesting the removal of the product from the college’s facilities.

Strauss Group Ltd. provides financial support and supplies to the Golani and Givati brigades of the Israeli army, which is responsible for enforcing Israel’s illegal, 45-year-old military occupation and colonization of Palestinian lands, and other grave and systematic human rights abuses.

“We applaud Earlham College’s dining service for taking this principled stand and refusing to do business with Sabra Dipping Company,” said Basil Farraj, of BDS Earlham. “Earlham students will no longer be unwittingly supporting Israeli abuses of Palestinian human rights when they purchase hummus and other products on campus.”

Earlham College’s dining services has promised to provide an alternative for the removed product, and were quick to note that they take student concerns seriously and follow through with immediate action.

Two years ago students launched a campaign calling on Earlham College to divest from Motorola Solutions, Caterpillar, and Hewlett Packard, companies that profit from and enable Israeli violations of international law. Last semester students with BDS Earlham also launched a “Dorm Storm” that has continued into the current school year, visiting all dorms and houses on campus and engaging in discussions with students to educate them about Earlham BDS and the larger global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which was launched by Palestinian civil society in 2005.

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Nice. Historically Quaker school, seems quite good. Hadn’t heard of it.

Thank you, Quakers, for leading the way!

There is a great quote in the issue of Utne Reader I have in front of me.

” The real enemy is never the Iraqis, or the Serbs, or the Afghans. The real enemy is the war itself and the system that sustains it”

Sabra hummus is part of that system and deserves to wither and die.

good to hear.

Please allow me to encourage everyone to look into making your own hummus. Peas (any bean really) olive oil, tahini paste, lemon juice and a blender. add anything else you want or really like and you have your own very good food. cheaper too, sez the scot.

So when does the screaming and whining about anti-Semitism start?