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War on hummus Photo: Asaf Ambram
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Princeton students: Boycott Sabra hummus

Palestinian group wants Israeli product removed from campus stores because it serves 'occupation'

Yitzhak Benhorin
Published: 11.27.10, 09:20 / Israel News

Hummus feeding the 'occupation'? Next week students at New Jersey's Princeton University will be called upon to prevent Sabra-brand hummus from being sold at restaurants and stores on campus.

 

A number of Palestinian students, joined by a Chilean Jew, decided to campaign against the tasty snack on the grounds that it serves "the occupation".

 

The boycott attempt is fueled by the Palestinian students' discovery that the Israeli Strauss company, which owns Sabra together with Pepsi, supports and cares for soldiers from the Golani Brigade.

 

The Princeton Committee on Palestine decided to hold a vote deciding whether to sell Sabra's competitors on campus after pointing out the irony that hummus, traditionally an Arab dish, was being marketed by a company affiliated with a state allegedly violating Palestinians' rights.

 

Much of the battle is, of course, being waged on Facebook. The Palestinian webpage calls for a boycott on Sabra while a competing group, Tigers for Israel, is asking to "save the hummus". A preliminary tally of votes shows Princetonites are not yet willing to give up the Israeli product.

 

 

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