DePaul Students Reject Ouster of Hummus Brand

Sunday, May 22, 2011  |  Updated 3:49 PM CDT
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An effort on the DePaul University campus to skip a certain kind of dip has failed.

A non-binding referendum to remove Sabra-brand hummus from the university's cafeterias fell just shy of the 1,500 total votes needed to make it a valid referendum.   So, despite the fact that 80 percent of the votes were in favor of the referendum, it did not pass, according to the student organization that sponsored it.


Some students had wanted to remove hummus because they contended its New York-based maker gives financial support to two Israeli military units accused of human rights abuses.

DePaul's Student Government Association allowed the group, Students for Justice in Palestine, to pose the question to students.

The American Jewish Committee of Chicago issued a press release Friday saying it was "pleased" with the referendum's outcome.

Sabra is a leading seller of hummus. Its parent is Israel's second-largest food and beverage company, with interests worldwide.

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