Swarthmore Students Signal Their Virtue

Swarthmore students preen before the virtue mirror

Swarthmore students petition to ban Sabra Hummus from campus because it is from Israel

Swarthmore College’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapter wants to permanently knock Sabra hummus off campus shelves, calling it “morally unacceptable” because of what they called the Jewish State’s human rights violations. They claim the company once sent care packages to the Israeli Defense Forces.

“By selling Sabra, Swarthmore is an accessory to the occupation of Palestine,” the petition reads. “We call upon President Smith to affirm the dignity of Palestinian life, recognize the illegal occupation of Palestinian land, and deshelve all current Sabra products and end their future sale at Swarthmore College.” –WGMD radio

They are supported by the usual suspects:

  • Swarthmore African-American Student Society
  • Swarthmore Indigenous Students Association
  • LatinX Students Organization
  • Interfaith Center Interns
  • Muslim Student Association and
  • Swarthmore Queer Union

This is not an isolated incident. It is part of a continuous, nationwide campaign to label everything related to Israel as noxious and illegitimate, worthy of being boycotted.

Even the hummus is a frequent target. At an Israel birthday party a couple of years ago on the University of Chicago campus, the Usual Hate-Israel Suspects had signs saying that hummus, a regular Israeli dish, constituted “cultural appropriation.”

The current Swarthmore protesters have said nothing–absolutely nothing–about yet another chemical gas attack on civilians in Syria.

As for the virtual preening by the Swarthmore Queer Union, they should be ashamed, considering the treatment of gays in virtually every country in the Middle East, except one.

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