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BDS movement to Oxfam: Dump Johansson as rep

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The Palestinian boycott, divestment and sanctions movement’s national committee called on Oxfam to end its relationship with actress Scarlett Johansson because of her role as spokesperson for the Israeli company SodaStream and “her vocal support for illegal Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian territory.”

SodaStream, which manufactures home soda makers and has a factory in the West Bank, signed Johansson to be its first global brand ambassador. The Jewish actress will appear in a television ad for the company set to air during the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 2.

SodaStream employs Israeli and Palestinian workers at its factory in the Ma’ale Adumim settlement, about eight miles from Jerusalem.

Johansson defended SodaStream and her involvement with the company in a statement released Jan. 24 on the Huffington Post. “I remain a supporter of economic cooperation and social interaction between a democratic Israel and Palestine,” she wrote. “SodaStream is a company that is not only committed to the environment but to building a bridge to peace between Israel and Palestine, supporting neighbors working alongside each other, receiving equal pay, equal benefits and equal rights.”

Oxfam said it is “considering the implications of her new statement and what it means for Ms. Johansson’s role as an Oxfam global ambassador.” — jta


Posted by paul
01/30/2014  at  06:35 PM
Long life for Israel.

I would like to congratulate Johansson on her outstanding support for Israel and Israel’s economy. To those who seek destruction of the State of Israel and against Soda Stream Company and, those who support Boycott Divestment Sanctions against Israel, shame on you. Let me tell that,Soda Stream company in Israel, has about 150 Palestinians workers who’s salary is equal to the Israelis. And, Israelis treat them with the dignity and respect. And, those Palestinians, treat Israelis with the human rights, dignity and respect. Does the so-called Jewish Voice for peace understand that? The policies of the so-called JVP are, pro war, pro Holocaust and destruction of the State of Israel.What does the so-called JVP, knows about Judaism? What do they know about the Torah? Do they know any Yiddish, Ladino, Hebrew or Arabic? How dare can the so-called JVP be against themselves? How can they claim to be so-peaceful if someone from this group, attacked me on the bus stop in San Francisco and, this person is still attacking me every time he see me in the city or on the counter demonstration where I Stand with Israel? The so-called Jewish Voice for peace, doesn’t want peace. They don’t want Israel. They are Anti-America and anti-democracy. I will continue to support Israel and IDF. Israel, is our Jewish Homeland want only peace. I’M happy for Johansson. Johansson, keep up a good work and continue to support Israel and Soda Stream. I’M with you, for Israel and for Israel’s right to exist as the Homeland for the Jewish people that were there for 3,000 years.

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