Do You Like Hummus and Human Rights?

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.

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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.

manThe 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:

Ingredients:
• 2 cups of dried chickpeas.
• Six garlic cloves.
• A lemon.
• Half-cup of tahini.
• Salt.

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.

Hummus Tasting, Wed, Oct 22, 6:15pm

Some companies which sell hummus in the United States are also supporters of human rights violations.

On Wednesday, October 22, come to the Augusta Main Library at 823 Telfair St at 6:15 pm to sample hummus prepared by local chefs and learn how to make it yourself.

At 6:30 pm, we screen the award-winning documentary “A World Not Ours,” the third film in the POV Series.

If you want to make hummus yourself and bring it to the event, contact us.

GRU International Peace Day, Mon, Sep 22, 2:30-5:00 pm

International Peace Day was originated by the United Nations General Assembly in September 1981. To honor and commemorate this day, we ask any available students to join us in front of the JSAC to partake in the festivities. We will offer refreshments and provide information about several world citizens who have positively impacted the world.

Sponsored by Women’s Studies Student Association, Jaguar Production Crew and the CSRA Peace Alliance

Monday, September 22, 2014, 2:30– 5:00 PM, JSAC Patio

Download and distribute flyer. RSVP & Share on Facebook.

Barrow’s Voting Record Supports Endless War

The CSRA Peace Alliance first drafted its report entitled John Barrow’s Voting Record Enables Endless War on August 22, 2014.

Look for updates to this report in this blog entry. Its web address is http://barrowreport.csrapeace.org.

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Peace Vigil, Fri, Aug 22, 4:30pm

The CSRA Peace Alliance invites all who oppose military intervention in Iraq and US military support of Israel and Egypt to vigil at the intersection of 15th St and Walton Way from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm on Friday, August 22, 2014. We also call for lifting the siege on Palestinians in Gaza.

Then, at 6 pm, we are planning to take a picture of our group with its signs at Representative John Barrow’s office at 1129 Broad St. There, we intend to read a statement summarizing Mr. Barrow’s poor voting record on peace issues and inviting voters to scrutinize that record. Afterwards, a representative will present our statement and its accompanying report to Mr. Barrow.

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Broadcast of Film “A World not Ours” on Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon

The PBS documentary film series POV is providing the film “A World not Ours” to affiliated stations.

Ain el-Helweh (literally “Sweet Spring”), set up in 1948, is the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon with more than 70,000 people. During the first few years of the camp’s existence, its residents made a point of not building anything resembling a permanent structure, because to do so would have been an admission that there was a chance they were not returning home. … read more …

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Palestine Solidarity Vigil, Fri, Aug 8, 4:30pm

The CSRA Peace Alliance invites all who oppose US support of Israel’s latest attacks on Palestinians in Gaza to vigil at the intersection of 15th St and Walton Way from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm on Friday, August 8, 2014.

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Important Tips:

1. Don’t park in the parking lots of nearby businesses. In the neighborhood west of 15th St, street parking is allowed. Park there and walk to the intersection. If you are carpooling, the driver can drop you off in a parking lot and then go park in a legal spot.

2. All signs should reflect the demands, methods and tone of the CSRA Peace Alliance: suspend US aid to Israel, end violence, lift siege on Gaza. The CSRA Peace Alliance is nonviolent in tone and action and does not endorse or advocate any violence. If you are not able to create your own sign, organizers should also have signs.

3. The intersection has 4 corners. Spread out evenly among the 4 corners.

4. Keep a safe distance from the street to avoid collisions with vehicles and don’t obstruct pedestrians using the sidewalks.

5. Do not distract drivers by initiating any conversation with them.

6. If anybody says negative things to you, it is best to ignore them. Contact rally organizers if you see any difficult situation developing.

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