Skip to comments.Princeton students nix alternative hummus brand (Israel)
Posted on 12/07/2010 7:22:23 AM PST by La Lydia
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Princeton University students voted down a referendum by a pro-Palestine student group calling for the Ivy League university to expand its hummus offerings, the school's student government said Friday. It was a quirky campus vote about a chickpea dip that delved into international relations. The student group Princeton Committee for Palestine wanted university-run stores to sell an additional brand, arguing that Sabra, the only brand currently offered, supports human rights abuses. Sabra is based in Queens, N.Y., and Richmond, Va. Company officials say the firm makes donations only to charities in North America - and not to political causes.
The firm is owned by PepsiCo and the Israeli food conglomerate Strauss Group. Strauss contributes money to support troops in the Israeli Defense Forces...
Sarba officials say there have been attempts on other campuses to ban their hummus, but none has succeeded...The undergraduate student government said the referendum lost 1,014 to 699...
As media attention built about the vote, a pro-Israel student group Tigers for Israel fretted that the outside world might view the university, one of the nation's most prestigious, as a place hostile to that country.
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So is Sabra good or not? I LOVE Sabra hummus.
Sabra hummus is good stuff.
I like it. I never particularly think about the politics involved, didn’t even know it was an Israeli product. I am partial to the roasted garlic flavor, but the jalapeno is tasty too.
Sounds like it’s alright. It seems as if the Palestinians were upset because there’s an Israeli affiliation.
In general, if the Palestinians want to get rid of something, that something can’t be all bad.
ROASTED GARLIC! They have a sun dried tomato one that’s pretty damn good too.
I buy pita bread, split it, cut it into wedges, brush with olive oil and sprinkle on some garlic powder. Bake in the oven at 350 for 5 minutes or until golden and crispy. Dip and enjoy!
I’m buying some Sabra hummus today, and if I see a PETA ad, I’ll get some KFC too!
Really? This is important? You now have a right to more hummus offerings? Freedom of hummus choices?
Your tuition and tax dollars hard at work.
Hmmmmm, humus. Their jalapeno version is the best, I’ll eat it with a bag of Stacy’s Pita Chips.
I like to support companies that support America and Israel, but I also like to make my own.
here’s a “purists” recipe with dried chickpeas that requires soaking, boiling and skimming the foam ( = less gas...)
but I usually do it with canned chickpeas (rinsed well) and canned tahini and it only takes a few minutes, and tastes as good as if not better than store bought.
Ack!! I LOVE Stacy’s pita chips. They are THE BEST. Have to make a huge effort to get them home from the grocery store because I have a tendency to open the bag and eat the entire thing on the way. Now I buy several bags.
Good olive oil is essential.
Hurrah hurrah hurrah!
The student group Princeton Committee for Palestine wanted university-run stores to sell an additional brand, arguing that Sabra, the only brand currently offered, supports human rights abuses. Sabra is based in Queens, N.Y., and Richmond, Va. Company officials say the firm makes donations only to charities in North America - and not to political causes. The firm is owned by PepsiCo and the Israeli food conglomerate Strauss Group. Strauss contributes money to support troops in the Israeli Defense Forces...I may have to go back to eating Sabra instead of Basha, I didn't know this story. Thanks La Lydia.
“Good olive oil is essential.”
And expensive.... ,( : >)
Having worked in some classy restaurants many years ago, I agree that short-cuts and cheap ingredients can hurt a dish.
But with something like hummus that gets scarfed down with chips or pita and washed down with beer.... I’ll use the EDNVOO (every day non virgin olive oil ( :> )
I’m going out now to buy some Israeli chickpea dip.
When I am feeling like a penny-pincher, Whole Foods has a pretty good house brand of EVOO.
Having lived in the middle east and enjoying really good hummus, Sabra is indeed the very best. I love it with pita or even better, naan, and some good Tabouli. I could live on that!!
I loved the Sabra black olive hummus...Not sold in my area any more. :-( I have to make do with their pine nut hummus.
LOVE those chips, with red pepper or pine nut Sabra. If only Sabra would bring back their black olive hummus , my life would be complete! :-D
Can’t you buy some plain Sabra, chop up the black olives and make it yourself? Sounds yummy.
Wait...is this hummus or Hamas that we’re talking about?
Dunno....I *guess* they just use ordinary black olives, not Special Magic Ones That Taste Way Better, and the hummus in plain uses the same flavoring agents same as the olive one....I’ll give that a try (but I still wish they hadn’t discontinued stocking that product. WHY does every consumer product I love get discontinued?!?! It’s like I’m the Grim Reaper of consumer goods-I like it, it fails. :-( Companies should hire me to see if I like something before they release it for sale-if I like it, don’t bother. )
thanks for the laugh... I have had the same thoughts about the loss of the black olive Sabra hummus...
Back on topic, the Muslim Students Society at Princeton is pretty vicious (by Ivy League standards) and well organized, though they are mostly kept in check due to the various ethnic and religious groups on campus who have members who came directly from areas of the world under attack from real Muslim extremists.
That’s funny. Maybe we should try a discontinued-products thread. Vermont Country Store, are you listening? I’ll start it off with sprouted wheat bread.
The MSS just made me add Sabra hummus to the grocery list, even though I still have an unwrapped tub in the refrigerator. Probably not the response they were hoping to inspire.
Lemon Cooler cookies...Schweppes raspberry ginger ale..Minute Maid orange juice with 10% real juice...Alpine White candy bars...Bar None candy bars...Campbell’s Fisherman’s chowder...
Hummus we eat, Hamas we kill.
(Definition of Jewish Holiday: “They tried to kill us, we beat ‘em, lets eat!”)
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
Back in the day, I’d always eat my KFC right in front of the PETA freaks. Then I’d ask for a brochure... and they’d usually inquire about my KFC.
And I’d always tell ‘em that Mildred, or Bertha, or Grechten made one *FINE* meal. (the name of the chicken, of course)
Which would usually have them turn green at the gills.
I always tell them that I rarely eat meat, for health reasons (true since I keep it down to three times a day to avoid gaining weight), but that I make an exception every time I see a PETA demonstration and have KFC in honor of their protest.