Campus activity seems to have quieted this week over previously controversial hummus sales. Two weeks ago DePaul University in Chicago temporarily suspended sale of Sabra hummus on campus, after the Students for Justice in Palestine filed a complaint that Sabra’s parent company, Strauss, supports the Israeli Defense Force.
But last week, the university announced it was reinstating of Sabra, after forwarding the complaint to the Fair Business Practices Committee for review. "Simply put, it was a mistake," said Edmund Lawler, representative of DePaul, of the university’s initial action. "At the request of a student group, the food vendor removed it," he said. "After re-examining our rules, [the administration] realized they had mistakenly taken it off the shelves."
Lawler does not expect a final decision from the FBPC until the university resumes classes in January.
And at Princeton University in New Jersey, a referendum submitted by the Princeton Committee on Palestine, to offer an alternative brand to Sabra for sale on campus, was rejected 1,014-699 by students last week.
Meanwhile, according to the Daily Princetonian, the PCP still hopes to convince the university to sell an alternative brand, building on the national awareness the campaign brought.