Despite row with Oxfam, star is 'not swayed' by condemnation over drinks plant on West Bank in Israel The film star Scarlett Johansson, a former Oxfam ambassador, has questioned the charity's position on political boycotts of Israel and told the Observer that she has no regrets over her decision to promote SodaStream, a company headquartered in Israel, with a controversial factory in a …
Scarlett Johansson in the SodaStream Super Bowl ad campaign. The political war against Israel, waged through a highly aggressive campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS), received its biggest defeat at the Super Bowl in New York and on hundreds of millions of screens around the world. The commercials, including one for the Israeli firm SodaStream, featuring the actress Scarlett Johansson, were more interesting than the game. In the weeks before the game, Johansson came under intense pressure from the BDS bully squad, which demanded that she pull out and disassociate herself from the Israeli connection. The actress was also a global ambassador for the international humanitarian aid group Oxfam, whose leaders repeated these BDS-based demands, in sync with radical anti-Israel groups such as Electronic Intifada. To her immense credit, Johansson rejected the bullying and the accompanying personal attacks, and instead told Oxfam to find another ambassador. By standing firm, Johansson and the owners of SodaStream demonstrated that even the most full-blown BDS attacks can be defeated. In its counterattack, SodaStream exposed the myths that underlie the boycotts and the broader delegitimization campaigns targeting Israel, including the fact that the 500 Palestinian-Arab employees at the Maale Adumim plant (a settlement located on the outskirts of Jerusalem) enjoyed the same pay and health benefits as their Israeli counterparts. In contrast to previous battles, in this case, it was the proponents and enablers of BDS that were put on the defensive, and they did not do well in this role. Oxfam denied that it was involved in BDS, but the facts proved the contrary. Between 2011 and 2013, the Dutch branch, known as Oxfam Novib, provided almost $500,000 (largely from government funds provided ostensibly for humanitarian aid) to one of the most radical BDS leaders the Coalition of Women for Peace (CWP). This group also received funds from Oxfam GB (Great Britain). The discrepancy between Oxfams claims and the documentation of its role in BDS was highlighted by SodaStream executives and in a number of media articles. [Related:A tale of two universities] Although CWP is technically an Israel-based NGO, almost all of its activities are focused externally in promoting boycott campaigns, particularly in Europe. (For political purposes, the Arab and European leaders of BDS, as the NGO Forum of the infamous 2001 U.N. Durban conference showed, often use fringe Israeli and Jewish groups as facades, and this is the case with CWP.) In addition to Oxfam, other funders for CWPs radical and immoral agenda include government-funded German NGOs, as well as the United Church of Canada, and anti-Israel church groups in Ireland and Holland. Another myth exposed in the Soda-Stream/Johansson showdown is the claim that BDS is limited to opposing the post-1967 Six-Day War occupation and settlements. This myth was quoted by many journalists who did not go beyond the press statements. However, at the 2001 Durban NGO Forum, thousands of boycott advocates clearly stated their goal as the elimination of Jewish sovereign equality regardless of borders in their words, the complete international isolation of Israel as an apartheid state. This objective has not changed. Omar Barghouti, among the radical leaders and ideologues of the BDS bully squad, hassaidthat the only ethical solution is a [single] democratic, secular and civic state in historic Palestine, whichmeansby definition, Jews will be a minority. In refuting the myth of limited goals, the fundamentally immoral objectives of BDS have been put out into the open. In order to move beyond this battle, a wider confrontation is necessary with the BDS industry, which is supported by tens of millions of dollars annually. These massive budgets, manipulated via hidden European government sources, are funneled to radical NGOs, as well as to anti-Israel church groups that often include classical anti-Semitic replacement theology (meaning that Christians have replaced the Jews). Beyond Oxfam, other moral superpowers taking an active part in the immoral war against Israel include Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, whose leaders repeatedly demonstrate their personal and highly destructive anti-Israel obsessions.
Mike Coppola / Getty Images SodaStream unveiled Scarlett Johansson as its first-ever Global Brand Ambassador on Jan. 10, 2014 in New York. Updated at 12:20 p.m. EST on Jan. 30 If only I could make this message go viral.Thats the tagline foractress Scarlett Johanssons advertisement for SodaStream, her first as the Israeli companys brand ambassador, and its undeniable that she got her wish. Though the ad was pulled from the Super Bowl, reportedly for fear of offending major sponsors Coke and Pepsi, millions are learning of the personal soda-making machine and its business operations. Controversy over SodaStreams manufacturing plant in the occupied West Bank has fizzed up, now costing Johansson another title. She announced Wednesday that she is stepping down from her Oxfam ambassador post over aa fundamental difference of opinion with the humanitarian group over SodaStreams West Bank location. Oxfam opposes all trade from the Israeli settlements in the West Bank, saying that they are illegal and deny the rights of Palestinians. SodaStreams large factory is located in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank, on territory captured by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War. Palestinians claim the land for a future state. Scarlett Johansson has respectfully decided to end her ambassador role with Oxfam after eight years, the Avengers starsstatement 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. Last week, as criticism mounted of Johanssons role as SodaStreams pitch woman, she wrote a blog post explaining she was asupporter of economic cooperation and social interaction between a democratic Israel and Palestine, a position with which Oxfam disagreed. While Oxfam respects the independence of our ambassadors, Ms. Johanssons role promoting the company SodaStream is incompatible with her role as an Oxfam Global Ambassador, the organization said in a statement on Thursday accepting Johanssons decision to step down. Oxfam believes that businesses, such as SodaStream, that operate in settlements further the ongoing poverty and denial of rights of the Palestinian communities that we work to support. This story has been updated to include a statement from Oxfam. [AP]
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