Hummus vote: Anti-Israel boycott spreads to Princeton
Opponents say salad maker supports Israeli military
Princeton students are voting on whether to ask the university's dining services to provide an alternative brand of hummus.
The campaign to allow other brands besides Sabra in university stores reportedly is the brainchild of Philly BDS, which calls for boycott, divestment and sanctions against companies that support the Israel Defense Forces.
Sabra is half-owned by The Strauss Group, which has publicly supported the IDF and provides care packages and sports equipment to Israeli soldiers.
The referendum was placed Monday on a United Student Government ballot. The voting will conclude Wednesday, according to the Daily Princetonian student newspaper.
The Princeton Committee on Palestine, which is led by Yoel Bitran, an American-born Jewish student who moved to Chile and returned to the U.S. to attend Princeton, initiated the referendum.
On Monday, the Center for the Jewish Life sent an email expressing "concern that students may not fully understand the political motivations behind the referendum."
DePaul University in Chicago recently halted sales of Sabra products, according to the Princetonian. — JTA