Scarlett Johansson stands down as Oxfam International ambassador

The charity says the actor's role with SodaStream, which has a factory in Israel's West Bank, conflicts with its responsibility to protect the rights of Palestinians

Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson

The actor Scarlett Johansson has stood down as an ambassador for Oxfam International after a "fundamental disagreement of opinion" over her role in supporting the drinks company SodaStream, which has a factory in the Israeli settlement of the West Bank.

The disagreement began after Johansson, who has worked with Oxfam since 2005 and has been a global ambassador for the organisation since 2007, signed up to become a brand ambassador for SodaStream.

Oxfam International said the settlements in the West Bank are illegal under international law and deny the rights of Palestinians. The organisation said her decision to promote the company was incompatible with her role as an Oxfam ambassador

A statement from Johansson’s agent said: "Scarlett Johansson has respectfully decided to end her ambassador role with Oxfam after eight years.

"She and Oxfam have a fundamental difference of opinion with regards to the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. Ms Johansson is very proud of her accomplishments and fundraising efforts during her tenure with Oxfam."

Oxfam International said it had accepted Johansson’s decision to step down. "While Oxfam respects the independence of our ambassadors, Ms Johansson’s role promoting the company SodaStream is incompatible with her role as an Oxfam global ambassador."

Oxfam said businesses such as SodaStream "operate in settlements that further the ongoing poverty and denial of rights of the Palestinian communities that we work to support" and that it was "opposed to all trade from Israeli settlements, which are illegal under international law".

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