Scarlett Johansson, Oxfam Part Ways Over SodaStream Ad Flap

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Thursday, 30 Jan 2014 10:10 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Scarlett Johansson walked away from her ambassador role with Oxfam International this week after controversy erupted over her relationship with SodaStream, an Israeli company that operates a factory in the West Bank.

Oxfam, a humanitarian group, criticized Johansson earlier this week for appearing in an upcoming Super Bowl commercial for SodaSteam.

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"Oxfam respects the independence of our ambassadors," the organization posted on its website. "However Oxfam believes that businesses that operate in settlements further the ongoing poverty and denial of rights of the Palestinian communities that we work to support. Oxfam is opposed to all trade from Israeli settlements, which are illegal under international law."

Though it seemed at first like Oxfam and Johansson would continue their professional relationship, the 29-year-old "Her" actress announced Wednesday they had parted ways.

"Scarlett Johansson has respectfully decided to end her ambassador role with Oxfam after eight years," read a statement released by her spokesman. "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."

SodaStream, which manufacturers products that allow customers to carbonate their beverages, has not commented publicly on the situation.

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