Student government votes to ban Israeli hummus to be more ‘inclusive’

Student government votes to ban Israeli hummus to be more ‘inclusive’
Image: Sabra

Next up is Jerusalem artichokes, despite the fact their English name is a bastardization of the Italian girasole.

According to Campus Reform:

Late last year, the student senate at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania passed a ban against Sabra Hummus on campus as part of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement against Israeli products.

In the student resolution titled “A Resolution To Endorse the Banning of Sabra Hummus from the Devil’s Den” students moved to cease the sale of Sabra Hummus on campus once the existing product sold out. The students argued that such a ban would follow the “College’s commitment to sustainability and inclusivity.”

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The Devil’s Den is a popular campus dining location at which the Hummus is served.

This one offends on so many levels it’s hard to know where to begin. Let’s start with the fact that Israelis, who descend along with Arabs from speakers of a Semitic language, are people of color. For another, this ingenious idea appears soberingly not to be the product of indoctrination but rather to have sprung from the minds of the students themselves.

Happily the administration opposed the boycott, writing in a statement:

As an institution that deeply values global diversity and civil discussion and debate, Dickinson opposes this boycott. In 2014, we rejected the call from the American Studies Association to boycott Israeli universities and instead maintained our ongoing relationships with three Israeli institutions. We reject the current call for boycott on the same grounds.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."