Pro-Palestine Princeton students push for Strauss boycott

November 29, 2010 22:12

PRINCETON, New Jersey — Princeton University students voted Monday in a campus-wide referendum on weighty issues in the Middle East, but the immediate concern was something a bit less complicated: hummus.

The student group Princeton Committee for Palestine is calling for university-run stores to offer alternative brands of the Middle Eastern chickpea dip. The group says the only brand currently available at the university's stores is Sabra.Some students say the brand, owned by PepsiCo and Strauss Group, is linked to human rights violations because Strauss has supported members of the Israeli military.

The pro-Palestine student 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.

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