Scarlett steps down as Oxfam ambassador amid Israel row
Published 31/01/2014 | 02:30
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".