Scarlett says peace out Oxfam, shalom SodaStream: Johansson steps down as Oxfam ambassador!
Scarlett Johansson has made the decision to end her relationship with Oxfam on Wednesday, after being heavily criticized for representing an Israeli company operating in the West Bank.
A statement released by Johansson’s spokesman Wednesday said the 29-year-old actress has “a fundamental difference of opinion” with Oxfam International because the humanitarian group opposes all trade from Israeli settlements, saying they are illegal and deny Palestinian rights.
“Scarlett Johansson has respectfully decided to end her ambassador role with Oxfam after eight years,” the statement said. “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.”
Earlier this month, “The Avengers” actress signed on as the first global brand ambassador of SodaStream International Ltd., and has already recorded a promotional advert for the product, which is set to air during the Super Bowl on Feb. 2.
SodaStream has come under fire from pro-Palestinian activists for operating from a large factory in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank, a territory captured by Israel in 1967 and claimed by the Palestinians.
In response to her critics, Johansson came forward to defend her deal with the Israeli company, saying that she never intended on being the face of any social or political movement, distinction, separation or stance, but wants to clear the air.
In a written statement published on Oxfam’s website, Oxfam said: “We have made our concerns known to Ms. Johansson and we are now engaged in a dialogue on these important matters… Oxfam is opposed to all trade from Israeli settlements, which are illegal under international law.”
Johansson had served as a global ambassador for Oxfam since 2007, raising funds and promoting awareness about global poverty. In her role as an Oxfam ambassador, she traveled to India, Sri Lanka and Kenya to highlight the impact of traumatic disasters and chronic poverty.
Meanwhile, the press are still waiting for a comment on this matter from Oxfam.
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