FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2011
Contact: Trent Carl, (832) 244-2285 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Title: Vice President, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)
DePaul University student referendum will consider removing Sabra hummus from campus due to concerns about human rights violations
CHICAGO, IL (May 16, 2010)— DePaul University’s Student Government Association has allowed a campus-wide referendum on whether or not Sabra hummus should be removed from campus dining halls next week. Students have voiced concerns about Sabra’s parent company, the Strauss Group, which provides financial support and supplies to two Israeli military brigades implicated in human rights violations.
“The Strauss Group supports two brigades of the Israeli military that have committed a series of human rights abuses,” said Agnieszka Karoluk, a student at DePaul University and a supporter of the campaign. “We should not be doing business that contradicts our campus values and which is connected to violations of Palestinian human rights.”
Numerous instances of these violations have been reported by Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the United Nations. Recent examples include Givati brigade soldiers endangering Palestinian children by forcing them to serve as human shields; members of the Golani brigade opening fire on a civilian home, killing three young girls; and a Givati brigade soldier shooting and killing a Palestinian mother and daughter as they were carrying white flags during Israel’s military assault on the Gaza Strip from December 2008 to January 2009.
The referendum was allowed by the Student Government Association at the request of Students for Justice in Palestine, a student group that advocates justice, human rights, civil rights and equality for the Palestinian people. The referendum alleges that the Strauss Group “provides financial support and supplies to the Golani and Givati brigades… [which are] violators of human rights. Are you in favor of replacing Sabra with an alternative brand of hummus?”
Students will vote on the referendum next week, between May 16 to May 20as part of their general elections. The referendum on Sabra hummus is the first student referendum on a SGA ballot in at least ten years. Sabra hummus will be removed from campus shelves if 1,500 students vote, and the majority vote in favor of the referendum.