We are pleased to announce that the University of Manchester has confirmed its removal of Sabra hummus from their campus shop and the guarantee of not stocking Sabra products again, following pressure and campaigning from the Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) campaign at University of Manchester. Sabra products on campus will be replaced with Delphi salad pots, an authentic brand of Greek and Mediterranean foods, a complete turn around from the cultural appropriation of Israeli hummus.
Sabra is a US-based company owned jointly by PepsiCo and Strauss Group. Strauss invests in and financially supports the Golani Brigade of the Israeli armed forces, who has carried out merciless human rights violations against Palestinians including arbitrary murders, assaults, incarcerations, evictions, and arrests of children, as well as the use of chemical weapons such as white phosphorus.
We are delighted to hear that the university will no longer be financially supporting human rights violators like the Golani Brigade through their sale of Sabra products. However, the university still holds financial and institutional ties to Israel and its war crimes, which does not comply with their socially responsible investment policy. The university continues to aid Israel’s apartheid regime through its multi-million dollar investments in complicit companies such as Caterpillar, whose specially-modified armed bulldozers are used to demolish homes, schools, olive groves and communities in Palestine.
This triumph is great motivation to continue our campaign which pushes for an end to the university’s compliance in Israel’s war crimes and investments in companies that breach the university’s own ethical investment policy. This success illustrates the power of student activism in working towards an end to ties with Israel’s war crimes and we encourage students at other universities to investigate their institution’s complicity and pursue BDS campaigns to divest from Israel’s apartheid regime.
Take part in the movement and join us at our next protest where we will demand full divestment.