Harvard Dining Services Backtracks on Decision to Pull Israeli-Made Soda Equipment


Harvard University Dining Services’ decision to stop buying Israeli-made soda machines and water fountains used at the school’s cafeteria, due to ongoing controversy between Israel and Palestine, was popped by the administration this week.

“Harvard University’s procurement decisions should not and will not be driven by individuals’ views of highly contested matters of political controversy,” Harvard Provost Alan M. Garber said in a statement sent to Boston. “If this policy is not currently known or understood in some parts of the University, that will be rectified now.”

It all started last spring when HUDS officials agreed to stop buying products from a company recently acquired by “SodaStream,” whose factory operations are housed in the West Bank, a piece of Israeli-occupied land that is home to millions of Palestinians and the center of ongoing conflict.

After talks with students from the Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee, and the Harvard Islamic Society, as The Crimson reported, who told HUDS that some undergraduates and graduates might be offended by the use of the machines procured from SodaStream, officials from the dining services agreed to pull the plug on doing business with the manufacturers.

That decision, which was discovered only yesterday by Garber and university President Drew Faust, after The Crimson published an article online, was out of bounds, according to the administration.

“As President Faust has indicated to members of the Harvard community who have made inquiries, she and I both learned of this issue from today’s Crimson,” Garber said in a statement. “She has asked staff to get to the bottom of how these conversations started, and to learn more about where matters currently stand.”

HUDS backtracked their decision, which was based on input from members of Palestinian student groups, and admitted their mistake…

Guess who the hat tip is for this time? CAIR’s daily newsletter thought this was important enough for a link. The foolish Jew they hired for cover must be out of his mind.