Actress Scarlett Johansson ended her relationship with Oxfam
following a protracted debate over her role as spokeswoman for the Israeli
Johansson in a statement Wednesday said she and the
humanitarian organization have "a fundamental difference of opinion in regards
to the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement." SodaStream, which
manufacturers home soda makers, operates a factory in the West Bank.
Johansson has served as a global ambassador for Oxfam for eight years,
traveling to India, Sri Lanka and Kenya on its behalf to highlight the problem
of global poverty.
"She is very proud of her accomplishments and
fundraising efforts during her tenure with Oxfam," said the statement released
by her spokesman and first reported by The Associated Press.
not immediately comment on Johansson's resignation.
Johansson to be its first global brand ambassador, and she is set to appear in
a television ad for the company during the Super Bowl on Sunday. The company
employs Israeli and Palestinian workers at its West Bank factory in the Maale
Pro-Palestinian groups had called on Oxfam to sever
its ties with the actress. On Tuesday, representatives of Jewish Voice for
Peace, the Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights, American Jews for a Just
Peace and the First Church in Cambridge Israel/Palestine Task Team met at
Oxfam America's Boston headquarters and urged the humanitarian organization
to drop Johansson, who is Jewish, over her defense of SodaStream's presence
in the West Bank.
Johansson defended SodaStream and her involvement with
the company in
a statement released Jan. 24 on The Huffington Post.
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