November 20, 2010

The hummus intifada

See also:

Video: "No justice, no chickpeas!" activists tell Philadelphia shoppers
Press release, Philly BDS, Nov. 1

The Philly BDS Coalition dances into action in a local grocery store chain to push them to deshelve Sabra and Tribe of Hummus; both brands support Israeli war crimes. This marks the launch of our campaign:

Palestine Chronicle: My hummus tastes like apartheid, Nov. 4

Jewish Exponent: In West Philly, Hummus Stands In for a Sword, Nov. 11

World Jewish Congress: Israeli food giant removes support for IDF from English website, Nov. 18

Debbie Schlussel: DISGUSTING: Sabra Hummus, Elite Candy Cave to Israel Boycott Crowd, Nov. 18. From the article:

It’s really sad. Strauss Group could have either ignored this Philadelphia Marxist boycott or it could have turned it into a way to get more supporters of Israel to buy its products. But, instead, the company chose to betray its own country, Israel, and the fighting men and women who risk their lives to protect it . . . and, again, the company’s very existence in Israel. The Golani Reconnaissance platoon consists of some of the most elite Israeli soldiers, the country’s best and brightest and most patriotic. Every day, they risk their lives under attack from Islamic terrorists. And this is how Strauss treats them. Nauseating.

So, that’s why I will no longer buy Sabra hummus, Elite chocolates and candy, or Must gum (all products of Strauss–see Strauss Group’s complete product line). You’d think a company that is the second largest food and beverage company in Israel and the sixth largest coffee company in the world would have more guts.

JPost: Strauss removes support for IDF from English website Nov. 19. A comment on that article:

1. Gangsterism!
Author: Gnarlodious Country: Santa Fe11/19/2010 06:06

See how easy it is to cave in to antisemitism when a gang of angry dancers stages your grocery store? Much more graceful than jackboots.

Mondoweiss: Depaul University suspends sales of Sabra hummus; other campuses to follow?, Nov. 19

The Daily Princetonian: Students campaign for alternative hummus, Nov. 19

HuffPo: Princetonians Call For Sabra Hummus Boycott, Nov. 19

NY Observer: Princeton Students Attempt Hummus Boycott Over Israel, Facebook War Ensues, Nov. 19

Philly BDS: No Justice, no Chickpeas

Adalah-NY: Consumer boycotts against Israel, Jan.21, 2009

Video: iPhone4 vs HTC Evo, June 24

A personal note - It's nearly midnight, and this has made me crave hummus. The bodega across the street gives me a choice; Sabra, or Tribe. I can either support the Golani Brigade, or the JNF. What's a fella to do? Reckon I'll just watch this again:

UPDATE: Fox News joins the fray Nov. 22, in the form of reprinting a student hasbarite op-ed:

This attack on hummus is an attack on Israel’s legitimacy. Efforts to delegitimize the state of Israel under the guise of divestment from companies funding Israel—which is a very familiar tactic at UC-San Diego and UC-Berkeley—are foolish. Hummus is a harmless late night snack, not a political ploy.

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