BDSHoles Don’t Know Beans About Hummus

Arabs make the best hummus. Everyone knows that. So it was a bit of a surprise to read that Israeli hummus is taking Gaza by storm. From the Ynet piece:

Cookies, coffee, soap and even hummus – these are just some of the Israeli products one can find on the grocery stores’ shelves in Gaza, written in Hebrew just like the ones in the nearby Israeli retail chains.

Yes sir. Those wild and crazy Gazans just can’t get enough blue and white Israeli chickpea mush. Meanwhile in Canada, college students are up in arms that anyone would dare serve it to them, especially with Apartheid Week coming up and all. The Pro-Pally students are actively working to ban Sabra brand hummus altogether from their University of Ottawa campus. From the JTA piece:

Sabra is partly owned by the Strauss Group, a foods manufacturer that the students allege financially supports the Golani Brigade of the Israeli Defense Forces, according to The New York Times. The students say the Golani Brigade has been accused of human rights violations by numerous organizations.

Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights and the Palestinian Student Association are among the student groups involved in the campaign, according to the university newspaper, The Fulcrum, along with the community group Young Jews for Social Justice.

“We will be raising awareness amongst the student population, collecting signatures for a petition and encouraging students to individually boycott the product,” Assma Basmalah, a representative of Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights, told the paper.

Maybe Assma should start by raising the awareness of the actual people she presumes to defend by refusing to eat smushed garbanzos. As it turns out, her Gaza brethren are not at all attuned to the serious dangers inherent in the um, purchase of mashed beans and well, a lot of other Israeli stuff.

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According to Ynet:

In 2012 the value import of Israeli products to Gaza stood at NIS 1.3 billion ($375 million), including not only water, gas and electricity, but also food and cleaning products from well-known Israeli companies such as Telma, Willifood, Osem and Tnuva, which brings subtantial tax profit to Israel.shutterstock_94467334

Pity those students in Ottawa are getting so worked up when for the natives of Gaza, BDS protests just don’t seem to amount to a hill of beans.

About Varda Epstein

A third-generation-born Pittsburgher on her mother’s mother’s side, Varda moved to Israel 34 years ago and is a crazy political animal who spams people with right wing political articles on Facebook in between writing about education as the communications writer at Kars for Kids, raising her 12 children, and noshing constantly on fried food

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  • A F

    Its even worse. Sabra is actually an AMERICAN company which makes the hummus in the USA. It was bought out in 2005, partly by Strauss and later, partly by PepsiCo.

    So, the point is that as long as a company has a 50% “taint” of having a parent company that is Israeli that is enough for them to boycott it.

    • Varda Meyers Epstein

      But only if you’re not actually affected by the purchase!!

  • A F

    Its even worse. Sabra is actually an AMERICAN company which makes the hummus in the USA. It was bought out in 2005, partly by Strauss and later, partly by PepsiCo.

    So, the point is that as long as a company has a 50% “taint” of having a parent company that is Israeli that is enough for them to boycott it.

    • http://www.kars4kids.org/blog Varda Meyers Epstein

      But only if you’re not actually affected by the purchase!!

  • Max

    I love Sabra hummus. The secret ingredient–the one that gives it the extra flavor–is the blood of Palestinian children.

    • Varda Meyers Epstein

      Does that make Gazans cannibals?

      • Shy Guy .

        No. Gazan’s are iron deficient. All their iron goes into Quasam rockets.

        • Varda Meyers Epstein

          How do you do it, Dear? The guitar, the kids, the Qassam rockets?

          I eat hummus and take Geritol.

  • Max

    I love Sabra hummus. The secret ingredient–the one that gives it the extra flavor–is the blood of Palestinian children.

    • http://www.kars4kids.org/blog Varda Meyers Epstein

      Does that make Gazans cannibals?

      • Shy Guy

        No. Gazan’s are iron deficient. All their iron goes into Quasam rockets.

        • http://www.kars4kids.org/blog Varda Meyers Epstein

          How do you do it, Dear? The guitar, the kids, the Qassam rockets?

          I eat hummus and take Geritol.

  • Shy Guy .

    To Shua Doodlebug Epstein, no, the verse in Ruth indeed refers to vinegar or to curdled milk of some sort. Italians do it all the time.

  • Shy Guy

    To Shua Doodlebug Epstein, no, the verse in Ruth indeed refers to vinegar or to curdled milk of some sort. Italians do it all the time.

  • E ben Abuya

    Sabra is partly owned by the Strauss Group, a foods manufacturer that
    the students allege financially supports the Golani Brigade of the
    Israeli Defense Forces, according to The New York Times. The students
    say the Golani Brigade has been accused of human rights violations by
    numerous organizations.

    This gem merits a bit of deconstruction.

    The students “allege” [everything which follows this allege is one of the classic hallucination presentations of the addiction to “The Jews ate their homework”]
    that Sabra is partly owned by the Strauss Group [full disclosure – my uncle Mervin “partly owns” Sabra Foods. One of his pension funds is remarkably diversified. His per share holdings amount to 1.314159]
    These same students further allege that “according to the NYT” [ A journalistic edifice so antique and revered that its integrity and high standards of journalistic objectivity was recently the subject of a distinguished monograph – http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_context=2&x_outlet=35&x_article=2351 ]
    . . .this Strauss Group “financially supports the Golani Grigade” [I hadn’t realized that Israel had privatized its army. Does this mean that the Givati’s can finally now have their baklava sale? “Turn Baklava into Merkava!”] And this “according to the New York Times”!
    According to numerous organizations (but not the New York Times), [MEMRI has the video, audio and printed pronouncements of thousands of these. Some very prominent. Hamas; who likes to throw their political opponents off of high rises and drag race with the bodies of extra-judicially murdered “collaborators” and has a delightful stuffed mouse Kidde Showe where they drum these accusations into their children’s heads. Hezbollah, now supporting with guns and troops the liquidation of the Palestinian Ghetto in Yarmuk Syria by starvation. These accusations are a penny a hundredweight. There is an organization, headquartered in New York City, that devotes the vast majority of its time to soliciting, presenting, printing and distributing these very same accusations; despite being charged with keeping the international peace and preventing genocide]

    What is tragic and lethal about this addiction is that the addict completely believes this Erekratian “narrative”. The pushers get degrees in ethics from Tel Aviv University; and like pushers of every other drug, do so to advance themselves in money and power, even long after they’ve stopped believing it themselves. “Let’s you and him fight.”

    “When the wicked spring up as the grass, and when all the workers of
    iniquity do flourish; it is that they may be destroyed for ever.” Ps 92:8

    “So they make their own tongue a stumbling unto themselves; all that see them shake the head.” Ps 64:9

  • E ben Abuya

    Sabra is partly owned by the Strauss Group, a foods manufacturer that
    the students allege financially supports the Golani Brigade of the
    Israeli Defense Forces, according to The New York Times. The students
    say the Golani Brigade has been accused of human rights violations by
    numerous organizations.

    This gem merits a bit of deconstruction.

    The students “allege” [everything which follows this allege is one of the classic hallucination presentations of the addiction to “The Jews ate their homework”]
    that Sabra is partly owned by the Strauss Group [full disclosure – my uncle Mervin “partly owns” Sabra Foods. One of his pension funds is remarkably diversified. His per share holdings amount to 1.314159]
    These same students further allege that “according to the NYT” [ A journalistic edifice so antique and revered that its integrity and high standards of journalistic objectivity was recently the subject of a distinguished monograph – http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_context=2&x_outlet=35&x_article=2351 ]
    . . .this Strauss Group “financially supports the Golani Grigade” [I hadn’t realized that Israel had privatized its army. Does this mean that the Givati’s can finally now have their baklava sale? “Turn Baklava into Merkava!”] And this “according to the New York Times”!
    According to numerous organizations (but not the New York Times), [MEMRI has the video, audio and printed pronouncements of thousands of these. Some very prominent. Hamas; who likes to throw their political opponents off of high rises and drag race with the bodies of extra-judicially murdered “collaborators” and has a delightful stuffed mouse Kidde Showe where they drum these accusations into their children’s heads. Hezbollah, now supporting with guns and troops the liquidation of the Palestinian Ghetto in Yarmuk Syria by starvation. These accusations are a penny a hundredweight. There is an organization, headquartered in New York City, that devotes the vast majority of its time to soliciting, presenting, printing and distributing these very same accusations; despite being charged with keeping the international peace and preventing genocide]

    What is tragic and lethal about this addiction is that the addict completely believes this Erekratian “narrative”. The pushers get degrees in ethics from Tel Aviv University; and like pushers of every other drug, do so to advance themselves in money and power, even long after they’ve stopped believing it themselves. “Let’s you and him fight.”

    “When the wicked spring up as the grass, and when all the workers of
    iniquity do flourish; it is that they may be destroyed for ever.” Ps 92:8

    “So they make their own tongue a stumbling unto themselves; all that see them shake the head.” Ps 64:9

  • Kim

    Sabra hummus is the only hummus I’ve spotted in Dutch supermarkets so far and I haven’t seen a singple BDS protestor outside the supermarkets that have Sabra in stock.

    • Varda Meyers Epstein

      Well, that would be different than an activist student crowd, I supposed.

      • Kim

        activist (student) crowds appear to be an endangered species in the Netherlands.

        Certainly when I compare that to the number of times I’ve seen “activists” in Britain.

        Of course the Netherlands does have a fair share of people with pro Islamism views but they appear to fail to organise activist events.

        • Varda Meyers Epstein

          Yeah. They just kill people there, such as Theo Van Gogh.

  • Kim

    Sabra hummus is the only hummus I’ve spotted in Dutch supermarkets so far and I haven’t seen a singple BDS protestor outside the supermarkets that have Sabra in stock.

    • http://www.kars4kids.org/blog Varda Meyers Epstein

      Well, that would be different than an activist student crowd, I supposed.

      • Kim

        activist (student) crowds appear to be an endangered species in the Netherlands.

        Certainly when I compare that to the number of times I’ve seen “activists” in Britain.

        Of course the Netherlands does have a fair share of people with pro Islamism views but they appear to fail to organise activist events.

        • http://www.kars4kids.org/blog Varda Meyers Epstein

          Yeah. They just kill people there, such as Theo Van Gogh.

  • nopeacenow

    According to Wikipedia:
    The company was founded in 1986 as Sabra-Blue & White Foods (Sabra being a nickname for an Israeli-born person and Blue & White representing the colors of the Flag of Israel). The company was bought in 2005 by Israeli food manufacturer Strauss. In March 2008, Strauss entered a joint-venture partnership with Frito-Lay, a division of the multinational PepsiCo corporation. Strauss owns 50% and PepsiCo 50% of the company.[1][2][8] In November 2008, the company announced the construction of a new US$61 million plant in Chesterfield County, Virginia, expected to employ 260 people and come on line in mid-2010.[9][10] The company grew over 50% between August 2008 and August 2009.[6]

  • nopeacenow

    According to Wikipedia:
    The company was founded in 1986 as Sabra-Blue & White Foods (Sabra being a nickname for an Israeli-born person and Blue & White representing the colors of the Flag of Israel). The company was bought in 2005 by Israeli food manufacturer Strauss. In March 2008, Strauss entered a joint-venture partnership with Frito-Lay, a division of the multinational PepsiCo corporation. Strauss owns 50% and PepsiCo 50% of the company.[1][2][8] In November 2008, the company announced the construction of a new US$61 million plant in Chesterfield County, Virginia, expected to employ 260 people and come on line in mid-2010.[9][10] The company grew over 50% between August 2008 and August 2009.[6]

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