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UC Riverside student gov’t votes to remove Sabra hummus from campus

(JTA) – The student government at University of California voted to approve a resolution calling for the removal of Sabra brand hummus from campus dining services. The resolution passed last week by a vote of 13 to 0 with one abstention. The removal was requested because the Sabra company’s joint owner is the Israel-based Strauss Group, which allegedly supports the Israeli military. The resolution was supported by the campus organization Students for Justice in Palestine. The resolution is not enforceable, and the UC Riverside administration says it has no plans to remove the hummus.

In 2015, the campus dining service removed Sabra hummus after it was approached by the Students for Justice in Palestine chapter on campus. The brand was briefly replaced by Mediterranean Snacks’ brand of hummus, Tapaz2Go. Sabra hummus was restored after the university realized there was an underlying political position taken by removing it. In March 2014, the school’s student government passed a resolution urging administrators to divest from Israel, but rescinded it the following month.

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