Students at Pennsylvania’s Swarthmore College are flipping out over hummus.
According to Campus Reform, a club of anti-Israel students, called the Swarthmore College Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), are attempting to get their school’s administration to ban the sale of a specific brand of Israeli hummus: Sabra Hummus.
SJP alleges that Sabra has ties to the Israeli military.
In a petition currently circulating the college, SJP wrote:
“Sabra Hummus is owned by the Strauss Group, a multinational corporation that invests in, financially supports, and even sends care packages to the Golani Brigade of the Israeli armed forces. Even by the abysmal human rights standards of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), the Golani brigade is particularly brutal: since its inception, the Brigade has carried out countless human rights violations against Palestinians in Hebron, including arbitrary murders, assaults, incarcerations, evictions, and arrests of children. Furthermore, the Brigade’s existence as an occupying force violates international law: Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, the construction of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, and its 1967 annexation of East Jerusalem are all illegal according to the United Nations.
“It is morally unacceptable that Swarthmore should continue to support the international human rights violations of the Golani Brigade and Israeli Apartheid at large. By selling Sabra, Swarthmore is an accessory to the occupation of Palestine.
“We call upon [Swarthmore College] President [Valerie] Smith to affirm the dignity of Palestinian life, recognize the illegal occupation of Palestinian land, and deshelve all current Sabra products and end their future sale at Swarthmore College,” they added.