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University Students Vote on Alternate Hummus Brands

November 29, 2010
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Princeton University students voted in a referendum by a pro-Palestine student group on whether to expand the school''s hummus offerings, reports the Associated Press. Princeton University is located in Princeton, New Jersey. The student group Princeton Committee for Palestine wants university-run stores to offer alternative brands of the Middle Eastern chickpea dip because they say the only brand available, Sabra, is linked to human rights violations. Sabra is owned by PepsiCo Inc. and Strauss Group, and Strauss'' website says it supports members of the Israeli military. The group has been pushing for the university to boycott and get rid of its investments in companies that make donations to parts of the Israeli military that it says violate human rights. Students seeking the referendum made it happen by collecting 200 signatures. If the effort were successful, it would mean the student government would make a formal request to the Ivy League school''s administration to provide additional brands of hummus. The pro-Israel student group Tigers of Israel opposes the referendum. The group says the allegations raised by the other side are sketchy.
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