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“If only I could make this message go viral,” Scarlett Johansson muses in her new advertisement for SodaStream the Israeli home fizzy-drink dispenser company that helps the environment, she says, by using “less sugar, less bottles”.

Ms Johansson’s new brand ambassador role and advert for SodaStream, launched online earlier this month and due to air during  Sunday’s Super Bowl, has indeed now gone viral – but in ways neither the husky-voiced Hollywood actress nor the Nasdaq-listed company probably imagined:

The international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement has seized on Ms Johansson and her association with SodaStream as a rare opportunity to add some unpaid star wattage to their long-running campaign to isolate Israel economically until it withdraws from occupied Palestinian land. SodaStream makes some of its dispensers, CO2 cylinders and bottles at a former munitions factory in the Mishor Adumim industrial zone, outside Jerusalem, in one of Israel’s sprawling settlements in the occupied West Bank, which are illegal under international law. 

BDS campaigners are now gathering signatures to pressure Oxfam, for which Ms Johansson has also served as an ambassador since 2005, to drop her. The charity says it is opposed to all trade with Israeli settlements, and that it is now “engaged in dialogue” with Ms Johansson over her association with Oxfam. Scarlett Johansson | Oxfam International

Oxfam is under mounting pressure from anti-Israel campaigners to sever ties with Scarlett Johansson after she agreed to star in an advertising campaign for a fizzy drinks company with a factory in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank. Activists have launched the Twitter hashtag #ScarJos FavoriteSodaStream Flavor, garnering suggestions such as Doctor Pepper Spray, Gaza Calorie Count and Palestinian Punch

Johansson has been an Oxfam goodwill ambassador since 2005. The campaigners say her position is untenable.

"Oxfam is a human rights organisation. They cannot maintain an ambassador if they are involved in a complicit Israeli company built in a settlement. They can't keep both. You can't maintain something and its contradiction," the boycott campaign founder Omar Barghouti told the Guardian.

"Activists everywhere, particularly in the US, UK and Palestine as well as affiliated organisations and major Palestinian figures are writing, tweeting, or calling Oxfam to dismiss Johansson as ambassador, because of her conscious decision to lend her name to whitewashing Israeli occupation and apartheid," Barghouti said. Source: 

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The actress has however defended her controversial contract with SodaStream. 

“I remain a supporter of economic cooperation and social interaction between a democratic Israel and Palestine,” she said in a statement published by the Huffington Post. “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.” Despite Johansson also praising Oxfam, the group reacted by saying it was “considering the implications of her new statement and what it means for Ms. Johansson’s role as an Oxfam global ambassador.” #SodaStream employs 550 Palestinians at its West Bank factory and echoes Johansson’s statement by saying they work on equal terms with their Israeli co-workers.

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So if I understand you correctly, people are railing against Scarlett Johansson because she made a commercial for an Israeli soda company with a factory in the West Bank.

How is that interesting?

Somehow Fox's rejection and the Palestinian protests have caused this commercial to go viral.

Which helps the soda company, right?

This quote was funny... "I remain a supporter of economic cooperation and social interaction between a democratic Israel and Palestine."  80% of all imports of goods into Palestine come from Israel.  $1.4B of aid from the world flow into development in the region.   If the Palestinian governments would just stop killing their political rivals and give up this quixotic proxy dream of eliminating Israel, that investment and aid number would be three times as high.    Talk about self-defeating behaviors...and they're upset about where a few bottles are made? 

I'll truly never understand the middle east.

@Adam Interesting with all this publicity the video has gone viral  and helping the soda company. I had no idea about this drink and the video is a great marketing strategy @ Gregory it is all political 

Yes, it's all political. And sadly, the Palestinians are helping the very company they are protesting.

By helping that company reach the spotlight and stay in the spotlight.

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