CHICAGO (AP) — DePaul University officials say a referendum that sought to have the hummus brand currently served on campus removed has failed.
The effort to remove Sabra hummus from the university's cafeterias required 1,500 total votes to pass. The measure received only 1,467 votes by the time polls closed Friday. 1,127 of the votes supported the referendum with 332 votes against it.
The referendum was placed on DePaul's Student Government Association's officer election ballot by Students for Justice in Palestine. The organization contends the owner of Sabra, the Strauss Group, gives financial support to two Israeli military units accused of human rights abuses.
New York-based Sabra is a leading seller of hummus. Its parent is Israel's second-largest food and beverage company, with interests worldwide.
The vote was non-binding on the university, with such decisions left to the administration after research is done.
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