Â From BDS Earlham:Â On the 5thÂ of September, Earlham Collegeâ€™s dining service agreed to have Sabra Hummus removed from the coffee shop after being informed of the involvement in Israeli human rights violations in Palestine by Strauss Group Ltd., of which Sabra Dipping Company, LLC is a subsidiary. The decision comes after a group of concerned students and faculty approached Earlhamâ€™s dining services requesting the removal of the product from the collegeâ€™s facilities.
Strauss Group Ltd. provides financial support and supplies to the Golani and Givati brigades of the Israeli army, which is responsible for enforcing Israelâ€™s illegal, 45-year-old military occupation and colonization of Palestinian lands, and other grave and systematic human rights abuses.
â€œWe applaud Earlham Collegeâ€™s dining service for taking this principled stand and refusing to do business with Sabra Dipping Company,â€ said Basil Farraj, of BDS Earlham. â€œEarlham students will no longer be unwittingly supporting Israeli abuses of Palestinian human rights when they purchase hummus and other products on campus.â€
Earlham Collegeâ€™s dining services has promised to provide an alternative for the removed product, and were quick to note that they take student concerns seriously and follow through with immediate action.
Two years ago students launched a campaign calling on Earlham College to divest from Motorola Solutions, Caterpillar, and Hewlett Packard, companies that profit from and enable Israeli violations of international law. Last semester students withÂ BDS EarlhamÂ also launched a â€œDorm Stormâ€ that has continued into the current school year, visiting all dorms and houses on campus and engaging in discussions with students to educate them about Earlham BDS and the larger global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which was launched byÂ Palestinian civil society in 2005.
For more information on BDS Earlham:Â BDSEarlham.wordpress.comÂ