A Pro-Palestine Princeton University student group set forth a proposition as to whether to expand the school’s offering of hummus. The school currently sells Sabra to students, which is a Hummus brand that is owned by the PepsiCo Inc. and Strauss Group.  The Strauss’ website says it supports members of the Israeli military. Pro-Palestine students want the chickpea dip removed because they say the Sabra brand is linked to human rights violations and invests in companies that make donations to parts of the Israeli military.  Students seeking the removal of the hummus have collected 200 signatures. If successful, it would mean the student government would make a formal request to the Ivy League school’s administration to provide additional brands of hummus.  The pro-Israel student group Tigers of Israel opposes the proposal.  Read More

While the students at Princeton are voting to change the hummus selection at their school, the underlying premise of religious discrimination has surfaced in this case.  According to the law, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, job training, classification, referral, and other aspects of employment, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. This law is enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  In addition, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance.  Read More.

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