After an article published in Wednesday's Harvard Crimson claimed that the Harvard University Dining Service had effectively boycotted the Israeli company SodaStream, Harvard Provost Alan Garber announced that the school will investigate the decision.
"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. She has asked staff to get to the bottom of how these conversations started and to learn more about where matters currently stand," Garbard said in an emailed statement to TruthRevolt. "Regardless, Harvard University's procurement decisions should not and will not be driven by individuals' views of highly contested matters of political controversy. If this policy is not currently known or understood in some parts of the University, that will be rectified now."
The alleged decision of HUDS to SodaStream has been applauded by supporters of the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, including groups like Jewish Voice for Peace, Students for Justice in Palestine and others.
Last week, anti-Israel student activists at Wesleyan University thought that they had convinced the school's dining hall to remove the Israeli-made Sabra hummus. However, it turned out that the decision was not political and the school immediately restocked the Israeli brand.