Referendum to ban Israeli hummus at DePaul fails

May 22, 2011 1:48:04 PM PDT
An effort to pass a non-binding referendum to stop using an Israeli company's hummus in DePaul University cafeterias has failed.

A group called DePaul Students for Justice in Palestine put the referendum on a ballot, and students voted all week; there were a total of 1,127 'yes' votes out of 1,467 total votes, but the referendum could not become valid unless there were at least 1,500 total votes cast.

The Students for Justice in Palestine group charged that Sabra hummus is half-owned by an Israeli company that financially aids Israeli military units accused of human rights abuses. The group says they will continue in their efforts.

Chicago Jewish leaders claim the group misstated facts.

DePaul is investigating the allegations.

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