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Monday 21 April 2014

Scarlett steps down as Oxfam ambassador amid Israel row

Actress Scarlett Johansson is ending her relationship with Oxfam International after being criticised over her support for an Israeli company that operates in the West Bank. AP
Actress Scarlett Johansson is ending her relationship with Oxfam International after being criticised over her support for an Israeli company that operates in the West Bank. AP

THE CHARITY Oxfam International and film star Scarlett Johansson pictured, have parted company.

The American actress's support of an Israeli company operating in a West Bank settlement was said to be incompatible with her role as an Oxfam Global Ambassador.

Oxfam's statement followed Johansson's announcement that she was resigning her Oxfam role because of a "fundamental difference of opinion". Oxfam said it accepted her resignation.

The organisation said yesterday that it believes SodaStream and other businesses operating in Israeli settlements in the West Bank contribute to the "denial of rights of the Palestinian communities that we work to support".

Johansson is to appear in a high-profile SodaStream ad during the Super Bowl on Sunday. Johansson's involvement prompted Oxfam to express concern about her role last week.

The World Jewish Congress yesterday praised Johansson for her "forthright defence of economic co-operation between Israelis and Palestinians".

Irish Independent

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