Petition to remove Ben & Jerry's and Sabra Hummus from WU campus stores


On behalf of WU Students for Justice in Palestine, Black Student Union, WU Causa, Asian Coalition for Equality, Vegan Club, Mosaics Peer Mentoring Program, and all signatories of this petition:

We respectfully ask Bon Appetit to remove Ben & Jerry's ice cream and Sabra Hummus from Willamette University's on-campus stores.

BEN & JERRY'S:
Why is Ben & Jerry's the only pint ice cream sold on campus when it normalizes apartheid? Ben & Jerry's sells, distributes, and caters its ice cream to Israel's illegal Jewish-only settlements in the occupied West Bank. These settlements violate the Fourth Geneva Convention, and have been heavily condemned at the United Nations. Ben & Jerry’s trucks bypass 600 military checkpoints by driving on segregated Jewish-only roads to distribute their products in Israel’s illegal settlements. This normalizes Israeli apartheid.

SABRA HUMMUS:
Sabra Hummus is owned by the Strauss Group, which is one of the largest manufacturers in Israel and a proud supporter of the Israeli military. In particular, Sabra Hummus has touted a special relationship with the Golani Brigade, sending soldiers food and care packages. "Breaking the Silence", a group of former "Israeli Defense Forces" soldiers, “have taken it upon themselves to expose the Israeli public to the reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories." It has documented "numerous cases of Golani Brigade human rights abuses, according to the group’s website." (source: http://bowdoinorient.com/article/7581)

The Israeli Defense Forces sustain the occupation of Palestine, and are responsible for last summer's bombardment of Gaza which murdered an estimated 2,100 Palestinians.

BE A CRITICAL CONSUMER: Ask Bon Appetit to remove Ben & Jerry's ice cream and Sabra hummus from campus. Let's introduce local alternatives.

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