Could you support colonialism and violations of international law just by being a consumer? You sure can.
Two popular brands of hummus in the United States, Sabra and Tribe, are produced by companies with ties to Israel’s colonialism, ethnic cleansing and other war crimes.
Sabra hummus (pdf) is equally owned by two companies, PepsiCo in the United States, and Strauss Group in Israel. Strauss Group firmly supports and donates to the Golani and Givati brigades of the Israeli Occupation Forces, which are notorious for committing war crimes against Palestinian refugees, like the Sabra and Shatila refugee camp massacre in 1982, and the whole of the Palestinian population living in the Occupied Territories, like during the 2008-2009 Israeli onslaught in Gaza which killed more than 1,400 Palestinians. Strauss Group actively funds the Israeli Occupation Forces, but the corporation has removed that fact from their website.
The Osem Group, an Israeli corporation, owns half of Tribe Mediterranean Foods. Osem Group is a supporter and partner of the Jewish National Fund. The JNF played a significant role in the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948. It not only facilitated the immigration of settlers to Palestine but also worked to establish settlements on the ruins of destroyed Palestinian villages. Since 1967, the JNF has been essential to the Israeli government by its construction of Jewish-only roads and its expansion of settlements. The JNF also facilitates the modern-day expulsion of Bedouins from the Negev in Israel.
Zionist cultural appropriation takes Palestinian hummus, falafel, maftoul (couscous) and other foods and recreates them into Israeli foods with Israeli, non-Arab origins. It has most recently targeted Palestinian olive oil and its production.
But you do have options! Number 1, hummus is easy to make at home:
• 2 cups of dried chickpeas.
• Six garlic cloves.
• A lemon.
• Half-cup of tahini.
Soak the chickpeas for eight hours. Afterwards, with the chickpeas in a pot, add in a half-teaspoon of baking soda. Boil it until it’s ready. Decant out the water. Grind the chickpeas to a smooth paste. Add in the half-cup of tahini, along with the six garlic cloves cut into pieces, lemon juice from squeezing the lemon, and the preferred amount of salt.
A video describing preparing hummus is available from Zaytouneh.com.
In Augusta, Georgia, you can purchase all of these ingredients at Earth Fare on Fury’s Ferry Rd or Kashmir Bazaar on Bobby Jones Expressway. You can even substitute peanut butter for the tahini.
Option #2 is to purchase hummus brands which don’t support the Zionist movement in Palestine. Earth Fare carries Garden Fresh Naturals and Roots. Whole Foods at Washington Rd and I-20 carries Roots and Hope.
Option #3 is to purchase hummus from restaurants which make their own hummus, such as Shishkebab and Laziza in Evans, GA.
To learn more about Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions as a tactic to support Palestinians’ human rights, visit bdsmovement.net. For more information related to hummus, visit Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights.