Johansson stepping down as Oxfam ambassador
By DERRIK J. LANG AP Entertainment Writer January 30, 2014 12:36AM
FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2013 file photo, actress Scarlett Johansson poses for photographers on the red carpet for the screening of the film "Under The Skin" at the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy. Johansson is ending her relationship with Oxfam International after being criticized over her support for an Israeli company that operates in the West Bank. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
Updated: January 30, 2014 1:21AM
LOS ANGELES — Scarlett Johansson is ending her relationship with Oxfam International after being criticized over her support for an Israeli company that operates in the West Bank.
A statement released by Johansson’s spokesman says the 29-year-old actress has a fundamental difference of opinion with Oxfam because the humanitarian group opposes all trade from Israeli settlements, saying they are illegal and deny Palestinian rights.
Johansson recently signed on as the first global brand ambassador of SodaStream International Ltd. She’s set to appear in an ad during the Super Bowl.
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 had served as a global ambassador for Oxfam since 2005.