Scarlett Johansson Quits Her Oxfam Role Over Soda Stream Row

Scarlett Johansson Quits Her Oxfam Role Over Soda Stream Row

After eight-years, Scarlett Johansson has left her role as an Oxfam ambassador due to a 'fundamental difference of opinion'

Scarlett Johansson has taken the decision to end her time as an Oxfam ambassador, over a row about her role as a spokesperson for the Isareli company Sodastream, which operates a factory in the occupied West Bank.

The Her actress currently appears in adverts for SodaStream, which is at the centre of a consumer boycott as it's factory produces products within an Israeli settlement in occupied Palestinian territory. Oxfam does not support trading from settlements, something that is considered 'illegal international law.'

A spokesperson for Scarlett Johansson released a statement which read 'Scarlett 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.'

Scarlett Johansson at a SodaStrem event

Today, Oxfam issued a statement thanking Scarlett Johansson for her contributions and accepted her decision to step down.

'While Oxfam respects the independence of our ambassadors, Ms Johansson's role promoting the company SodaStream is incompatible with her role as an Oxfam Global Ambassador,' the charity added.

'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.'

Before The Lost In Translation star stepped down from her role at Oxfam, she wrote in a blog for The Huffington Post that she is 'a supporter of economic cooperation and social interaction between a democratic Israel and Palestine.

'I trust that the consumer will make their own educated choice,' the actress continued, adding she is 'happy that light is being shed on this issue in hopes that a greater number of voices will contribute to the conversation of a peaceful two state solution in the near future'.

By Olivia Marks

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