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January 30, 2014 - 7:39 am

Actress Scarlett Johansson has stepped down as OxFam ambassador over a disagreement with the group on Israel.

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.”

At issue is Johansson’s contract to promote SodaStream. She will appear in an ad for the homebrew soda kit that will air during the Super Bowl on February 2. SodaStream has a factory in an Israeli settlement on the West Bank, which employs Jews and Palestinians. But the location of the factory upsets anti-Israel activists. OxFam, which has advocated anti-Israel boycotts in the past, came under pressure from anti-Israel activists to sever ties with Johansson. It released a statement saying it would review its contract with Johansson. After Johansson herself came under criticism, she released a statement in which she supported economic cooperation and “social interaction between a democratic Israel and Palestine.”

The actress decided to end her relationship with OxFam, which she has represented and raised funds for since 2007.

Here is Johansson’s SodaStream ad.

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Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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She's far braver or more reckless than obvious.

She is an actress or at least an entertainer and largely dependent for her livlihood on entertainment industries.

And has done far more with this one act than ALL the professional managers and "stars" of the "Entertainment" and information industries which of course includes uniiverstities. For example the boycott Of Israel academics by Oxford University. With cheers from all of the above.

Putting herself forward in defense of THE ONLY ADVANCED POLITICAL ENTITY with "Western" protections of its citizens from government control, imprisonment, and whatever without due process IN LAWir in the Middle East

The professional managers, and the stars of the industries, like the good soldiers they are "Only obeying orders" from the "Commanders-in-Chief" of the "Liberal Army".

Bizarre as they are messengers in words and images presumed to know meanings of the messages. Which in boycott of Israel is not at all "Liberal" in any meaning of the word.
37 weeks ago
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It's about time that someone from the left stood up for the only democracy in the Middle East. BZ to Ms. Johansson.
37 weeks ago
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During the N@zi period, Germans were forced to donate to Winterhilfe, a German charity. If they refused, they lost their jobs. Oxfam is the Winterhilfe of the 21st century
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Takes guts to stand up to the progressive nazis like that. Bravo, Scarlett!

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Good post but it seems as though Johansson stood with her economic interests more than standing with Israel. She's a typical Hollywood lib. Oxfam will find plenty of other bleeding hearts to take her place.
37 weeks ago
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A rare specimen : beauty with brawn and brain. Kudos to you ...
37 weeks ago
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Three cheers for Scarlet Johansson and backbone she showed in standing up to the BDS Israel haters, and at a possible cost of future income. Christians are being killed all over the mid-east as well as west Africa (Nigeria) and at whom do these BDSers aim their venom? At an Israeli company that employs Arabs and Jews. Anti-semitism knows no bounds.
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Just once in a while a hollywood actress will actually surprise you as it relates to "uncommon" common sense. Scarlett perhaps actually knows well the situation that her client faces and that the company actually works hard to accommodate a truly diverse work force that brings jobs, money, a sense of self worth to what would otherwise be a very poor place. In addition the ultimate bridge that it will take to reconcile between palisstinians and jews can really only take place between the people themselves. This is where the bonds of mutual goals, mutual trust, and a pathway to friendship can have any hope of starting. Three cheers for SJ who I have followed since her magnificent performance in the Horse Whisperer many years ago.
37 weeks ago
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Mean Joe Greene has nothing on Scarlett!
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Good for Scarlett!
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