Scarlett Johansson's SodaStream Partnership Turning into a Nightmare

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Scarlett Johansson has stepped down as an Oxfam ambassador following criticism for her decision to star in an ad campaign for SodaStream. The company owns a factory in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank; this is something Oxfam International fundamentally opposes, on the grounds that businesses that operate in Israeli settlements on Palestinian ground are illegal and deny Palestinian rights.

In a statement, Johansson said that she has “respectfully decided to end her ambassador role with Oxfam after eight years. She and Oxfam have a fundamental difference of opinion in regards to the
boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. She is very proud of her
accomplishments and fundraising efforts during her tenure with Oxfam.”

Oxfam has accepted Johansson’s decision to end her relationship with the organization. In a statement, Oxfam said it’s “grateful for her many contributions” even though it finds her involvement with SodaStream “incompatible” with her ambassador role. [Guardian]

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