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Earlier this month there was a corporate-sponsored event at Harvard University which included a panel advocating the virtues of the BDS Movement (Boycott of, Divestment from and Sanctions against Israel). Now we now learn of a recent decision by the Harvard University Dining Services (HUDS) to suspend its contract with the Israeli carbonated water machine company SodaStream.

This boycott of the Israeli company was described in an article in Harvard’s school newspaper, The Crimson: “HUDS Suspends Purchases from Israeli Soda Company.” It is sure to ignite the ire of any who believe the last thing a university dining service should get involved in is international disputes, let alone those who will be outraged that any part of Harvard University is boycotting an Israeli company.

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That decision by some in the Harvard administration should give pause to the parents of the 6,400 students in each class who will be spending a total of approximately $240,000 to attend the college for four years, while the university condones and participates in a movement to financially strangle a company simply because it is based in the Jewish State.

SodaStream, you may recall, was targeted by the BDS movement because its main factory was located less than five miles from Jerusalem, in the town of Maale Adumim. This town is across what Israel-haters support as an Apartheid Line (the “Green Line”) beyond which no Jews should live, breathe, work or employ Arabs, the BDS crowd actively sought to boycott the company.

Put aside the fact – which is mentioned in the Crimson article – that SodaStream already surrendered to the hatred and will move its operation to an area in which it is still largely deemed acceptable for Jews to own property (ironically this move means the loss for many if not all of the company’s 900 non-Israeli Arab workers of their highest possible paying employment). Yes, put aside that fact. That is what Harvard did when it chose to boycott SodaStream because, in the words of one of the students involved: “the machines and their association with the disputed territory could be offensive to Palestinian students.”

That student, Rachel J. Sandalow-Ash, a member of Harvard University’s Progressive Jewish Alliance and the Open Hillel movement, explained why she believed the Harvard University Dining Services had to remove the Israeli company’s machines:

I think it is neither anti-Israel of anti-Semite [sic] to take [a] stand against the occupation. These machines can be seen as a microaggression to Palestinian students and their families and like the University doesn’t care about Palestinian human rights.

In other words, no matter what Israel does, even caving to the demands of the haters will have no impact on the strength of the protest.

Such a position might move one to refrain from taking any action to accommodate the pain of others, mightn’t it?

In addition to Sandalow-Ash, whom the Crimson identified as present at the meetings preceding Harvard’s decision to boycott Sodastream, also present were representatives from HUDS, Lowell House Masters Diana L. Eck and Dorothy A. Austin, Mather House Co-Master Michael Rosengarten and Dean of Student Life Stephen Lassonde.

Following the discussions, according to the Crimson article, the Harvard Dining Services “agreed” to remove SodaStream labels on the machines they already have and to purchase machines from other companies in the future.

Repeated efforts to obtain input from David Davidson, managing director of Harvard University Dining Services, Dean of Student Life Stephen Lassonde, Harvard University president Drew Faust and Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow were unsuccessful, as were attempts to obtain a response from rabbis at Harvard’s Hillel.

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261 COMMENTS

  1. How many Palestinian Arab students are there at Harvard??? Why are these anti Israeli Arab Muslim and other muslim basterds after soda stream all the time??? Don’t piss us off you rats. That’s a corporation something you Muslims know nothing about because you didn’t invent anything nor did you innovate because the moment you your ancestors chose to be muslim the curse if dead brain cells befell you your ancestors and your future descendants. You will never invent innovate only take the world back to the sixth century which is why you are jealous of Jewish christian innovation inventions and all the corporations. Try hard to prove Einstein wasn’t a Zionist because you love the inventor the brain behind all the physics and you are so jealous of everything Jewish or Christian and so you target corporations because you got none except that stupid beer making factory in west bank that would have shut down if Israel wasn’t buying all the beer Palestinians produce. Don’t play games on us and especially any corporation in the world be it Arab or western or any other professional entity. That is unacceptable!!!! ing evil demonic jealous satan inspired scum bag minions of lucifer who hides in darkness.

  2. Last time in the last debate I had they were hell bent at trying to show me that Albert Einstein wasn’t a Zionist lolxxx. They brought letters he signed and in the interview spoke about Israel and his views. I knew he was under pressure because he was a refugee and so Einstein had to maintain clear distance between himself and the policies of Israeli leader as many looked up to him and his point of views were life and death for many and so he had to keep his inner feelings to himself when it came to his own existence. He escaped death do you think he was not pro Israeli? We need to establish facts and all the Muslim students want to only see our brother as some anti Zionist which is what they continuously consistently insisted and I myself was embarassed to burst their little bubble.

  3. Last time in the last debate I had they were hell bent at trying to show me that Albert Einstein wasn’t a Zionist lolxxx. They brought letters he signed and in the interview spoke about Israel and his views. I knew he was under pressure because he was a refugee and so Einstein had to maintain clear distance between himself and the policies of Israeli leader as many looked up to him and his point of views were life and death for many and so he had to keep his inner feelings to himself when it came to his own existence. He escaped death do you think he was not pro Israeli? We need to establish facts and all the Muslim students want to only see our brother as some anti Zionist which is what they continuously consistently insisted and I myself was embarassed to burst their little bubble.

  4. Next time do us a favor and stop playing these boycott games on corporations any corporation. In fact do yourself a favor. Your jealousy is shining through. This is for all Arab Muslim and pro palestinians and anti Christians because the truth is its not only Jewish Israeli corps they are secretly targeting many christian corporations too these evil basterds. The BDS app should be annihilated and its users also targeted. They are Islamic basterds all of them hiding under the cover, umbrella of Palestinian rights when we know their real motives.

  5. Next time do us a favor and stop playing these boycott games on corporations any corporation. In fact do yourself a favor. Your jealousy is shining through. This is for all Arab Muslim and pro palestinians and anti Christians because the truth is its not only Jewish Israeli corps they are secretly targeting many christian corporations too these evil basterds. The BDS app should be annihilated and its users also targeted. They are Islamic basterds all of them hiding under the cover, umbrella of Palestinian rights when we know their real motives.

  6. Harvard’s dislike of Jewish student goes way back. I am not surprised. There used to be a blatant quoto on their admissions there. So why the surprise? My father was a newspaper reporter for the Boston Record American. He wrote about it in the 40’s. What would make Harvard University change their likes and dislikes for us 74 years later or anyone else? DENIAL?

  7. Harvard’s dislike of Jewish student goes way back. I am not surprised. There used to be a blatant quoto on their admissions there. So why the surprise? My father was a newspaper reporter for the Boston Record American. He wrote about it in the 40’s. What would make Harvard University change their likes and dislikes for us 74 years later or anyone else? DENIAL?

  8. I wonder how the Palestinians who are employed by Soda Stream and receive a salary higher than most West Bank Arabs feel about this boycott. Perhaps they should be interviewed on camera and tell those Harvard hypocrites that their boycott is hurting them and to knock it off.

  9. I wonder how the Palestinians who are employed by Soda Stream and receive a salary higher than most West Bank Arabs feel about this boycott. Perhaps they should be interviewed on camera and tell those Harvard hypocrites that their boycott is hurting them and to knock it off.

  10. Do they know that SodaSream employs Palestinians?
    The left is turning the universities into a propaganda mill. Instead of teaching the so called professors are preaching. What a waste of money parents have fork over to get their kids brain washed.

  11. The problem with boycotts, whether BDS or any counter-protest boycotts, is that they generally are going to hurt people other than the ones whose behaviors you are trying to modify. Arabs lost jobs because the idiots at BDS can’t tell fantasy from reality; if you boycott Arab products, the idiots at Harvard won’t suffer at all… they will just feel smugly superior and use it as ‘proof” that they were right all along about… well, just everything.

  12. Instead of Harvard caving in to unjustified conceptions of "Palestinian" Arabs being offended by non-existent aggression on the part of Israel, you would think that the school would use this teachable moment and an opportunity to educate their misinformed students that the stories of Israeli aggression are not only lies but in fact it is exactly the opposite that is true.

  13. I wish these animals would stay to themselves. They have taken over the National Cathedral on Fridays and will only spread their prayer matts After all statues of Christ and crucifixtions are covered with a sheet! What in the hell are they trying to do? wish someone would shoot them right in the ass while they have them pointed to the ceiling! What are they trying to accomplish? What next? Demands to pray in a Jewish Temple? Seriously? They are pushing too far and are endangering their own safety! How much longer are we to tolerate their blasphemy to our God?

  14. Microaggression ! Give me a break!! These kids think they are the leaders of tommorrow in the new words in the websters dictionary dept.Yet, they do not know the meaning of the word DISCRIMINATION or better yet the meaning behind their own reprehensible reactions. probably too busy using cliff notes to ace tests instead of researching and delving into the facts about the Jewish history the Pals students have tried to call their own.

  15. Leaders of tomorrow who spend 90% of their time marching the streets, designing hateful posters, and supporting terrorists organisations; one wonders what they do with the rest of the 10% of their time. They have no future.

  16. I commend Harvard students for taking such a courageous stand. Allow me to help your cause and let you know what additional Israeli-related products you should boycott, to feel good and not to be hypocritical (partial list): anti-virus software and personal firewalls; mobile phone chip technology; voice-mail system; VODs and e-books.

    Also, do not consume agricultural products from the following areas (as they use water irrigation and agricultural technology provided directly from Israel): most of Africa, China, India, Indonesia (a Muslim country), Nepal and many others.

    Furthermore, Israeli researchers are in the forefront of finding a cure, or inventing a drug, against cancer, AIDS, Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s. Epilepsy and more.

    Dying or suffering from these diseases might be an unfortunate side effect of the boycott, but you will be able to feel proud that you stuck with your principles.

  17. Agreed! It's time to stand up to this stupidity. Boycott Harvard!! They are anti-semitic and need to feel the pain when they decide it's ok to offend the Jewish population. Go ahead and side with the terrorist Palestinians who would rather die than live in peace. An institution of higher learning has no place being racist against jews, and then come begging them for money. Disgusting.

  18. The only solution I see to this continued attack on Israel and on Jewish students is for all Jewish students to withdraw from US colleges and universities and complete their education in another country. It is only the dollars lost in tuition and everything attached to having the students enrolled that will make a difference. And I utterly fail to see why all Jewish donars to these institutions don't immediately send notice that there will be no more due to the racism exhibited by them.

  19. this is the result of old fashioned ivy anti-semitism and the new ivy students, many of whom are dummies greased in on "programs" just as their dear Leader , obola. world opinion is meaningless to Jews. we already know what their opinion is. instead of attempting to curry their favor it's better to move ahead. if that means a confligration, so be it.
    oh. and can we stop treating fakenstinians in our hospitals now? and saving their lives? how about doing that for starters.

  20. Anti-Semitism is the reason that Harvard is boycotting Soda Stream. What if the Jewish students and the huge number of Jewish alumni stop supporting Harvard? Basically if Harvard is boycotting Jewish product they should boycott Jewish support.

    Their reason is to not offend the "Palestinian" people. Does it not offend them when the very same "Palestinian" people kill innocent people?

    Finally, what really offends the "Palestinian" people is that Jews live in Israel so the only way to stop offending them is to move over 6 million Jews from Israel to where?

  21. We as Jews need to start collectively suing these " institutions of higher education " for racism and discrimination against Jews and the Jewish state. Class axtion lawsuit, get in their face from here on in,this is libel once its printed

  22. HARVARD LAW HAS A SATELLITE CAMPUS IN DOHA, QATAR IT IS THERE TO EXPLORE WAYS TO IMPLEMENT SHARIAH LAW IN "INFIDEL" SOCIETIES; HARVARD IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY "RACIAL HYGIENE" ENFORCER IT HAS THE MARKINGS OF YJE OBAMA EMIRATE'S ISLAMIC REPUBLIC'S ASCENT.

  23. I wonder how Harvard's administration lives their lives they do. They should be the laughing stock of universities at this point. They are worried about the sensitivities of Palestinian students, at the cost of unreasonable expectations for it's Jewish students.

  24. Hi Alan, Happy Hunnukah to you and the family. Did a little goggle search and found the following: Undergrads 25% and Graduate School 65% It would be a much easier task to not accept any more Palestinian students than to piss off such a large Jewish population! If I were currently enrolled, I would simply NOT BUY INTO THE DINING PLAN and eat all my meals elsewhere.

  25. Who needs an education from an IVY league school like Harvard if they come up with such stupid decisions? If they are blind to something so obvious it tells you something about their education. Students should consider schools who see clearly and are not blind. Why choose a second rate school and spend a fortune to boot?

  26. goes to prove the air heads don't have the smarts to know who they are hurting most. the Israeli arabs have egual rights and wages as their jewish co-workers,.these arab workers will now be lucky if the can jobs and benefits that they have a third of what they had with soda stream.

  27. Sorry to say that we Jews deserve to be humiliated. When Israel allows Obama to dictate where a Jew can live it invites humiliation. Arabs can live anywhere in the world but we cowardly Jews allow the nations to tell us where we cannot live. And worst of all the anti-Israel trash presumes to tell us we cannot live inside the heartland of Israel. And we are too timid to point out that these same corrupt governments support Arab countries which ban ALL Jews from living there. No other people would tolerate this crap. And we even have Jewish degenerates who even justify BDS while they themselves live as 'settlers' on stolen Indian land. We are truly sick!!

  28. Outrageous and disgusting. Can no one understand the truth of the situation with the so-called Palestine? They are led by terrorists they elected and have turned down agreements time after time — since Arafat and before. They don't want their own land; they want all of Israel and would destroy what the Jews have created in a week.

  29. All these "educated" Harvard personnel also condone what the islamists have done in Pakistan this week – why? because their bias of Jews and Israel overrides rationale and they consider the pen is mightier than the sword – but at what cost to Harvard and any of the other universities – only time will tell, in the meantime they wear their stupidity as cockeyed as their mortar-boards!

  30. Israel loving Americans such as myself have no association with Harvard. We are not in the income class to send our children there and if we did we would not send our children to such a backward liberal school. Harvard had no products on the open market for us to purchase nor any bearing in our lives what so ever.

  31. Let's all have a laugh at Harvards ignorance! Not only do they not acknowledge the history of disputed lands, they advocate for discrimination of Jews to live, work, and run businesses on land that has clear title and are open to both Arab and Jew in a region that boasts the best standard of living for Arabs in any surrounding district or country surrounding Israel . They now have cost jobs of those they are trying to accommodate feelings of. The jokes on Harvard for a lack of education and understanding. They profess to be wise but are chief of foolish childish thought.

  32. Edward Lobel FEEL SAFER KNOWING THAT YOU ARE NOT. HOW MUCH MONEY IS L.I.U. IN FOR? OR DID YOUR LAST BID NOT COME UP ENOUGH TO RAISE YOUR SALARY AS A KEEPER OF DECEPTION AND THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF INTELLECTUAL ILLITERACY TO CLAIM A QATARI GRANT OF BETRAYAL FOR THE ISLAMIC STATELESS STATE THAT IS THE OBAMA JANISSARY TO QATAR'S TERROR HIGH COMMAND IN DOHA?

  33. Totally pathetic. So afraid of Arab "disapproval" and that it might result in riots or beheadings or kidnappings or bombing. The Great Harvard cannot stand up for itself. No integrity. Or else – and this is infinitely worse – no-one at the Great Harvard reads anything about anything outside the USA and therefore has no idea of the TRUTH about the Israeli situation. And it might be a good thing to remind Harvard that there is no country in any authoritative atlas called "Palestine", and that there are no such people as "Palestinians." They are simply Arabs who have discovered a way of being perpetual victims and of never ever doing a day's honest work in their lives. All they are capable of is throwing rocks (not mere stones – mark that), while Israelis work and suffer and still manage to thrive. Get lost, Harvard.

  34. Alan Kardon Yes, Barack Hussein has a dreadful hearing problem which extends not only to Israel but also to his own USA. Worst of all, it extends to Islamist Arabs, because despite what all the world sees and hears them do every day, he hears nothing and knows nothing. What an unbelievably rotten POTUS.

  35. Alan Kardon I have been growing to suspect this, but am glad you said it before I did. Harvard's prestige has been slowly draining away, and has almost disappeared. It can keep its Islamist Arabs, and students who really want and need study and knowledge can attend decent (there are still some left) institutions of learning. I do recall that in the first part of the 20th century Harvard was very, very reluctant to accept Jewish students, if it accepted them at all. Jews were too clever by half. Now it accepts the trash of the earth.

  36. Manuel Rodulfo As I said before your are an ignorant idiot who needs to learn English especially if you want to rant and rave about how damned ignorant and stupid you are!
    If you think that Sharia law will EVER BE THE LAW OF THE LAND IN THE UNITED STATES, IT IS BEST YOU COMMIT SUICIDE NOW, BECAUSE NO AMERICAN NOT EVEN A MUSLIM AMERICAN WOULD EVER WANT SHARIA LAW AS THE LAW IN THE UNITED STATES. As for your leaning how to write in English, I am not the only person who cannot understand your ranting says! Feel free to know that I have advised the Department of Homeland Security of your insanity and advised them NOT TO LET YOU INTO THE UNITED STATES!

  37. Every Jewish Trustee should pull the plug and consider Harvard as a stepping stone and their lives and future had been built on their own brainpower, integrity and grit, not led into an abattoir as the present Jewish students find themselves, by a sector of fanatics. The weak and failing authorities of the present colleges and universities should start to review their backbones.

  38. Israel, (and Isaeli firms) I don't feel sorry for you, if you kiss the devils ass every time he sneezes then you deserve what you get. You have a great product but these people don't deserve to be able to partake of it so move on but quit kissing American and Palestinians asses. If you have a great product it will earn you a profit.

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