The obligatory “Scarlett Johansson parts ways with Oxfam over her support for Israeli company” post

posted at 6:01 pm on January 30, 2014 by Allahpundit

What’s the killer news angle here that’s made this a global story? Is it the novelty of a celebrity refusing to budge under pressure in opposing a bit of left-wing orthodoxy? Is it the drama of Israeli/Palestinian politics intersecting with A-list Hollywood? Or is it the simple impulse among “world” section news editors to brighten up the dreary usual fare with pics of Scarlett?

I don’t know much but I do know that when a major movie sex symbol stands up for Israel, it’s capital-b Blogworthy. Coming soon, hopefully: Angeliina Jolie stands up for the Second Amendment.

“Scarlett Johansson has respectfully decided to end her ambassador role with Oxfam after eight years,” the statement said. “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.”

Earlier this month, “The Avengers” and “Her” actress signed on as the first global brand ambassador of SodaStream International Ltd., and she’s set to appear in an ad for the at-home soda maker during the Super Bowl on Feb. 2.

SodaStream has come under fire from pro-Palestinian activists for maintaining a large factory in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank, a territory captured by Israel in 1967 and claimed by the Palestinians.

Johansson issued a statement last Friday giving her reasons for signing with SodaStream. The West Bank factory is an example of Israeli/Palestinian cooperation, she argued. Workers there come from both populations and receive equal pay and benefits. The company’s success is proof of what they can do together. Her critics counter that SodaStream wouldn’t be as attractive to Palestinian workers if Israel hadn’t choked off Palestinian industry and that the comparatively lower wage paid there is essentially SodaStream’s way of capitalizing on illegal labor. In fact, the “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions” types have been after the company for more than a year, vowing before last year’s Super Bowl (when SodaStream ran its first SB ad) that “It’s time to burst SodaStream’s bubble. There’s nothing environmentally friendly about military occupation.”

Palestinian workers at the plant disagree:

“Before boycotting, they should think of the workers who are going to suffer,” says a young man shivering in the pre-dawn darkness in Azzariah, a West Bank town cut off from work opportunities in Jerusalem by the concrete Israeli separation wall. Previously, he earned 20 shekels ($6) a day plucking and cleaning chickens; now he makes nearly 10 times that at SodaStream, which also provides transportation, breakfast, and lunch.

As a few dozen men in hoodies and work coats trickle out of the alleys to the makeshift bus stop where they wait for their ride to the factory, another adds, “If SodaStream closes, we would be sitting in the streets doing nothing.”…

Speaking anonymously on a largely deserted street, with no Israeli SodaStream employees present, all but one of those interviewed said they opposed the boycott, given the lack of alternative job opportunities in the West Bank. That underscores Israeli claims that a boycott would be counterproductive, undermining the cooperation and prosperity that could boost peace prospects in the region…

“I would love to work for SodaStream. They’re quite privileged. People look up to them,” Mr. Jibarat says. “It’s not the people who want to boycott, it’s the officials.”

Johansson hasn’t said anything that I’m aware of equating her support for SodaStream with support for Israel but it’s curious that a small company would land a big name American star as spokesman. (How often do A-listers hawk products on American TV even for U.S. corporations?) She surely knew that SodaStream was under fire from the BDSers when she signed with them. The fact that she went ahead anyway and is now willing to kiss off Oxfam over it means this is about more than an endorsement deal.

I assume the boycott of “Her” is next. Don’t join in. It’s a wonderful movie.



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Whatever the reason, I’m glad Ms. Johansson stuck up for the Israelis.

Conservchik on January 30, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Dude, “Her” was interesting for 45 minutes and terrible after that, though since you describe yourself as a beta male, maybe that explains it.

As for Scarjo, American celebrities routinely hawk all sorts of crap all over the planet (just not here) – Japan’s a good example. All that said, good for her. I think it was Thomas Sowell in Basic Economics who pointed out that nations that trade together and work together are less likely to war against each other.

King B on January 30, 2014 at 6:09 PM

She sure is pretty.

Kensington on January 30, 2014 at 6:15 PM

She’s liberal. What does she care about entire genetic cods?

WryTrvllr on January 30, 2014 at 6:15 PM

codes

WryTrvllr on January 30, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Her critics counter that SodaStream wouldn’t be as attractive to Palestinian workers if Israel hadn’t choked off Palestinian industry and that the comparatively lower wage paid there is essentially SodaStream’s way of capitalizing on illegal labor.

“Palestinian industry”.

What makes that sector up? Producing rockets and hand grenades?

Bitter Clinger on January 30, 2014 at 6:17 PM

I don’t know much but I do know that when a major movie sex symbol stands up for Israel, it’s capital-b Blogworthy. Coming soon, hopefully: Angeliina Jolie stands up for the Second Amendment.

Careful. Angelina and her Dad have a track record of IQ

WryTrvllr on January 30, 2014 at 6:18 PM

In the end, this is another stopped clock gettting the correct time of day.

Bitter Clinger on January 30, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Good for her.

rlwo2008 on January 30, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Bravo! For doing the right thing….and making all the right people mad :)

thebrokenrattle on January 30, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Wow, on further reading, Ms. Johansson moves up a notch.

WryTrvllr on January 30, 2014 at 6:23 PM

In the end, this is another stopped clock gettting the correct time of day.

Bitter Clinger on January 30, 2014 at 6:18 PM

But it is fun to see the reaction of liberal posters on the various news sites to Scarlett’s decision to break with liberal orthodoxy on this. Her decade-plus support for every pet progressive cause until now carries zero weight with them — Johansson’s a political heretic and gets the full Sarah Palin treatment (which you’d think would open her eyes as to the kinds of people she’s been aligned with, but odds are that isn’t happening…)

jon1979 on January 30, 2014 at 6:25 PM

There is no such thing as a “Palestinian.” This is a totally fabricated identity. No one in the history of the world ever called themselves a “Palestinian” until the 1960s. It was invented as a Muslim propaganda tool. Muslims created a “minority” so that they could work the “oppression” angle on Leftists. Worked like a charm.

WhatSlushfund on January 30, 2014 at 6:25 PM

good, by the way road stream is awesome.

rob verdi on January 30, 2014 at 6:28 PM

For me, now I don’t have to feel guilty about enjoying Iron Man 2.

22044 on January 30, 2014 at 6:28 PM

As one poster said on twitter

Oxfam: Denounce the Jews or you’re fired!
Johansson: F**k off! I quit.
anti-Semites on twitter: QQ

daddytype on January 30, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Fantastic figure, fish eyes.

Bishop on January 30, 2014 at 6:32 PM

The “Her” actress? She only provided her voice which is IMO a damned bad decision! Nevertheless, is it really acting when you merely provide voiceover?

But good for any attack on these divestment loons. Not one of them has a sane view of the world. Not a single one.

Happy Nomad on January 30, 2014 at 6:33 PM

I can do without this chick and knowing she used to get an HIV test every 6 months.

vityas on January 30, 2014 at 6:37 PM

“Less sugar, less bottles.” That should be “fewer bottles.”

radjah shelduck on January 30, 2014 at 6:41 PM

What’s the killer news angle here that’s made this a global story?

Large breasts.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 30, 2014 at 6:42 PM

That’s the best picture you have of her, AP? True beta-maleness.

rbj on January 30, 2014 at 6:46 PM

“Less sugar, less bottles.” That should be “fewer bottles.”

radjah shelduck on January 30, 2014 at 6:41 PM

She can say it anyway she wants! She isn’t an English teacher any more than she’s a scientist because she’s wearing a lab coat (though that does qualify her to be a prop at an Obamacare event).

Happy Nomad on January 30, 2014 at 6:47 PM

I can do without this chick and knowing she used to get an HIV test every 6 months.

vityas on January 30, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Sandra Fluke more your speed?

Happy Nomad on January 30, 2014 at 6:48 PM

I have to ask: what in blazes is OxFam? Sorry, but I’ve never heard of it before.

Captain Kirock on January 30, 2014 at 6:48 PM

I have to ask: what in blazes is OxFam? Sorry, but I’ve never heard of it before.

Captain Kirock on January 30, 2014 at 6:48 PM

It used to be an organization dedicated to giving food to famine victims. It was always leftish, but it’s now gone fullbore Israel Derangement Syndrome.

rbj on January 30, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Meanwhile in France…

It is nothing short of chilling.

A video, taken on the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, shows masses of French protesters marching down a Paris thoroughfare chanting openly anti-Semitic slogans and calling on Jews to get out of France.

Chants include “Jews, France is not yours!” “Jews out of France” and “The story of the gas chambers is bull***!” At one point, in a show of raw, seething hatred, the crowd simply spits out the word “Jew, Jew, Jew!”

Many of the marchers can be seen giving the “quenelle” inverted Nazi salute popularized by anti-Semitic comedian Dieudonne. The gesture is seen as a way for anti-Semites to give a Nazi salute without incurring the wrath of authorities – although one demonstrator can be seen giving a full-on Nazi salute as well.

Murphy9 on January 30, 2014 at 6:54 PM

I have to ask: what in blazes is OxFam? Sorry, but I’ve never heard of it before.

Captain Kirock on January 30, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Seriously? Not that their missions are the same but that is like saying you’ve never heard of the Red Cross, Amnesty International, or Doctors without Borders. In other words, it’s a pretty big European-based NGO.

Happy Nomad on January 30, 2014 at 6:56 PM

So she stood up to the BDS fascists. Good for her.

BigAlSouth on January 30, 2014 at 6:57 PM

It used to be an organization dedicated to giving food to famine victims. It was always leftish, but it’s now gone fullbore Israel Derangement Syndrome.

rbj on January 30, 2014 at 6:52 PM

I wonder if that has to do with the fact that Europe has been pretty much taken over by Islam.

Happy Nomad on January 30, 2014 at 6:58 PM

The real story in the days ahead will be how this affects her Hollywood career. I have a feeling there will be a very sharp decline in the number of roles she’s offered.

Gator Country on January 30, 2014 at 7:03 PM

I wonder if that has to do with the fact that Europe has been pretty much taken over by Islam.

Happy Nomad on January 30, 2014 at 6:58 PM

That helps, but Europeans don’t need much encouragement to be anti-Semitic. I’d invite all Jews to come here, but they usually vote Democratic.

rbj on January 30, 2014 at 7:09 PM

That helps, but Europeans don’t need much encouragement to be anti-Semitic. I’d invite all Jews to come here, but they usually vote Democratic.

rbj on January 30, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Obama and his administration hates the Jews to. Primarily because they are European socialists who wrap themselves in the American flag and pretend to care about the US. Hagel, Kerry, and the rest would be running trains to concentration camps if they thought they could get away with it.

Happy Nomad on January 30, 2014 at 7:13 PM

The film’s status as a small Christian film led Orthodox Christian film blogger Peter Chattaway to predict charges of religious persecution in the coming days, playing off the image of Hollywood as a liberal bastion hostile to Christianity.

“The Academy may or may not have ruled correctly when it comes to Broughton’s e-mails. But it probably, however unintentionally, just gave certain Christians a little more fodder for their persecution narrative, and thereby threw just a little more fuel on the culture-wars fire. Sigh,” Mr. Chattaway wrote on his Patheos site Wednesday night.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jan/29/christian-film-stripped-best-song-oscar-nomination/

davidk on January 30, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Local movie marquee had three movies on it

Hard Riding Her
Hobbit

No joke, was funny though.

WitchDoctor on January 30, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Woner if she would tun Consevative over this outrage?

LurkerDood on January 30, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Coming soon, hopefully: Angeliina Jolie stands up for the Second Amendment.

Allahpundit on January 30, 2014 at 6:01 PM

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I would SO “pay” to see ‘n’ hear that … : )

listens2glenn on January 30, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Seriously? Not that their missions are the same but that is like saying you’ve never heard of the Red Cross, Amnesty International, or Doctors without Borders.

Happy Nomad on January 30, 2014 at 6:56 PM

No, not really. I’ve never heard of Oxfam but then again I don’t live in Europe. So you are equating Oxfam with the Red Cross?

Captain Kirock on January 30, 2014 at 7:36 PM

No, not really. I’ve never heard of Oxfam but then again I don’t live in Europe. So you are equating Oxfam with the Red Cross?

Captain Kirock on January 30, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Don’t feel like the one Ranger. I’ve never heard of the organization.

hawkdriver on January 30, 2014 at 7:46 PM

No, not really. I’ve never heard of Oxfam but then again I don’t live in Europe. So you are equating Oxfam with the Red Cross?

Captain Kirock on January 30, 2014 at 7:36 PM

I thought it was something like Amway or something.

Flange on January 30, 2014 at 7:57 PM

I thought it was something like Amway or something.

No, that’s pretty much exactly right, except that instead of selling household cleaners they sell smug self-righteousness.

Fabozz on January 30, 2014 at 8:27 PM

I tell ya, if I were straight, she would be the one I’d be going after. Scarlett is hot!

JetBoy on January 30, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Good for her.

Philly on January 30, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Put me down as one who had never heard of Oxfam as well. Sounds like I would have been better off if I still hadn’t heard of them.

kahall on January 30, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Johansson issued a statement last Friday giving her reasons for signing with SodaStream. The West Bank factory is an example of Israeli/Palestinian cooperation, she argued. Workers there come from both populations and receive equal pay and benefits. The company’s success is proof of what they can do together. Her critics counter that SodaStream wouldn’t be as attractive to Palestinian workers if Israel hadn’t choked off Palestinian industry and that the comparatively lower wage paid there is essentially SodaStream’s way of capitalizing on illegal labor. In fact, the “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions” types have been after the company for more than a year, vowing before last year’s Super Bowl (when SodaStream ran its first SB ad) that “It’s time to burst SodaStream’s bubble. There’s nothing environmentally friendly about military occupation.”

A key “a-hah!” moment for me when I was growing up was when the father of a friend of mine pointed out that the “BDS” movement directed towards the then-Apartheid government of South Africa was likewise, at best, misinformed. He had spent some time there as a business consultant, and talked about how the white- and black-South Africans worked together side-by-side, earned the same wages, held the same management positions, etc. There was no discrimination in the workplace, because the business owners very clearly understood the value of the worker and the importance of equitable treatment.

These people worked together for years, forming bonds of friendship and understanding that lived on outside of the workplace. He was convinced that this eventually would contribute to a relatively peaceful transition to a more fair society. No, it wasn’t perfect. But the BDS movement completely misrepresented, in his mind, what was actually happening, in accusing the international businesses of capitalizing on “illegal labor.” I think history pretty much proved his point.

Typically, the Left doesn’t learn its lessons. Or worse (and probably more true), ignores them because it puts lie to their ideology.

nukemhill on January 30, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Meanwhile in France…

It is nothing short of chilling.

A video, taken on the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, shows masses of French protesters marching down a Paris thoroughfare chanting openly anti-Semitic slogans and calling on Jews to get out of France.

Chants include “Jews, France is not yours!” “Jews out of France” and “The story of the gas chambers is bull***!” At one point, in a show of raw, seething hatred, the crowd simply spits out the word “Jew, Jew, Jew!”

Many of the marchers can be seen giving the “quenelle” inverted Nazi salute popularized by anti-Semitic comedian Dieudonne. The gesture is seen as a way for anti-Semites to give a Nazi salute without incurring the wrath of authorities – although one demonstrator can be seen giving a full-on Nazi salute as well.
Murphy9 on January 30, 2014 at 6:54 PM

And this surprises you or anyone? By the boatload the jews move further west pre-WWII, and then, for the next 50 years vote for the same policies that got them into trouble in the first place?

Puhlease. “Chosen people?” By whom?

The IDF needs to create a foreign legion. Soon.

WryTrvllr on January 30, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Fewer, dammit, FEWER.

Fewer bottles. Not less bottles.

Eeeeech. Is that not nails on the chalkboard for everyone else?

Countable nouns people.

TexasDan on January 30, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Excuse me. What is “Oxfam”?

Jaibones on January 30, 2014 at 10:12 PM

My compliments to Scarlett

Shy Guy on January 30, 2014 at 11:22 PM

So you are equating Oxfam with the Red Cross?

Captain Kirock on January 30, 2014 at 7:36 PM

There is the ICRC and there is the American Red Cross. These two are NOT the same.

Shy Guy on January 30, 2014 at 11:24 PM

Johansson hasn’t said anything that I’m aware of equating her support for SodaStream with support for Israel but it’s curious that a small company would land a big name American star as spokesman.

Yes, very curious indeed. Why on earth would Scarlett Johansson want to lend her support for an Israeli company? I just can’t think of a single reason. None,nada,zilch,zero,zippo,nil.

I guess it’s just one of those mysteries that shall never be solved.

weathermen on January 31, 2014 at 12:18 AM

Coming soon, hopefully: Angeliina Jolie stands up for the Second Amendment.

She already has.

JackOfClubs on January 31, 2014 at 12:57 AM

The fact that she went ahead anyway and is now willing to kiss off Oxfam over it means this is about more than an endorsement deal.

Perhaps its a combination of her being a SodaStream junkie for several years and roots.

Shy Guy on January 31, 2014 at 12:58 AM

Johansson hasn’t said anything that I’m aware of equating her support for SodaStream with support for Israel but it’s curious that a small company would land a big name American star as spokesman. (How often do A-listers hawk products on American TV even for U.S.

She’s Jewish on her mother side, so maybe she felt some sort of solidarity with Israel and their companies/businesses…good ffor her that she shows her support in whatever way she can, and good for her that she stood her ground and didn’t to the friggin leftist bullies and amnesty internationals and oxfams of the world…

jimver on January 31, 2014 at 1:28 AM

Joseph Priestly would be proud of her.

profitsbeard on January 31, 2014 at 3:36 AM

Seriously? Not that their missions are the same but that is like saying you’ve never heard of the Red Cross, Amnesty International, or Doctors without Borders. In other words, it’s a pretty big European-based NGO.

Happy Nomad on January 30, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Seriously, I’d never heard of them until this week, so I don’t think they carry nearly the clout as those other organizations you name.

Chris of Rights on January 31, 2014 at 8:07 AM

So, it’s wrong to employ Palestinians? I’ll have to write that down.

claudius on January 31, 2014 at 9:48 AM