I like Scarlett Johansson as an actress, but I like her even more as a person–and a Jew. She just told Oxfam to stuff it. Why? Because she was one of their “ambassadors” for eight years, and she’s discovered how viciously anti-Israel Oxfam is.
Scarlett Johansson is ending her relationship with a humanitarian group after being criticized over her support for SodaStream, the Israeli company with a factory 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.”
I can’t blame her for being ignorant of their Israel hatred. Her involvement was attending fundraisers to help erase poverty.
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.
Of course, her work for Oxfam isn’t good enough to stop them from criticizing her for advertising a company that [gasp!] manufactures some of its product in the West Bank. But it gets worse. Having been duly chastised for not toeing the BDS line, Scarlett said she wasn’t about to stop, and that she was all for the two-state solution and a supporter of Israel, as well. This, of course, cannot be borne by the anti-Israel side. When Scarlett stated her support for Israel in HuffPo, the anti-Israel side went ballistic over this:
“I remain a supporter of economic cooperation and social interaction between a democratic Israel and Palestine,” the actress said. “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. That is what is happening in their Ma’ale Adumim factory every working day.”
In an obviously barely-read piece (only 17 comments) by Ali Abunimeh, the founder of the virulently anti-Israel Electronic Intifada, he says, effectively, ZOMG! She supports SETTLEMENTS! SHE MUST BE PUNISHED! OXFAM, FIRE HER!
And yet, Oxfam didn’t fire her. It just tried to get her to quit Sodastream. So, Scarlett’s answer to Oxfam was a great big middle finger. She’s keeping the SodaStream deal, and dumping Oxfam. Was she going to be dumped by them? Doubt it. They would get too much bad publicity for it. But she decided their organization wasn’t worth the annoyance of having to deal with a made-up controversy.
And last, but not least: Scarlett is Jewish. And she is a pro-Israel Jew.
So here. Enjoy the commercial that Fox banned because it makes fun of Coke and Pepsi. As Adam Sandler wrote, that’s a fine-looking Jew.