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Students boycott hummus linked to Israeli Apartheid

University of Ottawa students have launched a campaign that would ban Sabra hummus on campus, as it is allegedly connected with the Israeli Apartheid.

According to the New York Times, the Strauss Group — a food manufacturer that financially supports the Golani Brigade of the Israeli Defense Forces — partly owns Sabra. Associate professor of international development and global studies, Susan Spronk, commended on the effort, saying, “Boycott campaigns are a peaceful and non-violent way to affect political and social change.”

The campaign coincided with the 10th annual Israeli Apartheid Week, which raises awareness about Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.

 

With files from The Fulcrum

First day of U of O strike sees first blood

As Carleton’s campus safety workers began striking on Mar. 10, the irony was sharply felt by one of the picketers, who had her foot run over by a car.

The picketer said that she and the car were at a standoff when the car pushed through, driving over her foot in the process. The car left the scene, but authorities have the license plate number and are following up. The altercation left the picketer with a scrape on her leg, but she was otherwise uninjured.

CUPE 4600, the teaching assistants and contract instructors’ union, reached tentative agreements with the university that morning, but says they will continue to support the safety workers on the picket line.

 

With files from The Charlatan

 

UBC adds minor to remember Japanese-Canadian internment

UBC is offering a new program in honour of Japanese-Canadian students who were unable to complete their degrees as a result of being sent to internment camps.

This effort is one of three made by the university, which granted honorary degrees in May 2012 to Japanese-Canadian students who couldn’t finish their degrees during World War II.

Beginning Sep. 2014, the minor will focus on the history and contemporary lives of Asians in Canada. Ross King, head of the Asian studies department, said, “It’s about recognizing that we have really large, significant, vibrant Asian-Canadian communities here in Vancouver that have their own histories and that deserve study.”

 

With files from The Ubyssey