This week at Princeton University, history – no History – was made when students overwhelmingly demonstrated their undying support for Israel, a campus-wide devotion to Zion that can be traced back to the founding of the university by Thurston and Lovey Princeton in the 1420s, a passion that is likely to continue until the stars themselves burn out in the heavens.
Don’t worry! That was simply my impression of the Evil Divest This Blogger from The Enemy Within (Episode 5), the one where a trasporter accident inadvertently mingled my DNA with that of a BDSer, causing me to inflate the most trivial, irrelevant decisions regarding Israeli (and even non-Israeli) products into events of monumental significance.
As noted previously, the boycott and divestment crew, despairing of ever getting a college or university to divest a single dollar from Israeli companies, has turned its attention to snack food. But even here they can’t bring themselves to actually speak honestly about their goals (which are always the same: to get their Israel=Apartheid message to come out of the mouth of a famous institution like Princeton). And so the ever-boasting, but always losing BDS “movement” had to contend itself with calling a campus-wide vote on whether or not the school cafeteria should stock two rather than one brand of hummus.
You see their current brand, Sabra, while made by an American company (and produced in Queens) is half owned by The Strauss Group, an Israeli conglomerate which (in addition to owning a lot of other food companies) does a fair amount of charitable work, including contributing to the well-being of Israeli soldiers. And since Israeli soldiers are eevvilll, Strauss group is pronounced guilty, which means Sabra Hummus is rendered traif (by BDS standards), meaning Princeton students should be given a choice between evil and non-evil hummus, meaning… getting confused…growing weary…cannot keep my eyes open…
Whoops! Sorry about that. Now where was I? Oh yes, Princeton.
Well anyway, even this non-sensical, third-hand attempt to put Israel in the dock on the Princeton campus couldn’t muster anything more than a nearly two-to-one trouncing at the polls. Which basically translates to the latest boycott fad (Sabra Hummus seems to be the flavor of the month regarding BDS targets) being just as big a zero as every other campaign they’ve had in the decade since BDS became priority numero uno for the “Israel is always wrong” community (the same decade when Israel’s economy doubled in size – go figure).
As Palestinian iconoclast Hussein Ibish said after the Berkeley student council divestment bill went down to defeat in the Spring: “The bottom line is this: if you can’t get divestment through UC Berkeley, you’re done.” But just how “done” (or “well done”) does the BDS “movement” have to be if it can’t even manage to pull off a third-hand, bait-and-switch, sort-of boycott motion masquerading as a way to let college students eat more stuff?