The Oxford-based UK charity, ‘Oxfam International’ has irked the Jewish lobby groups in both Britain and the United States for blasting its Jewish Global Ambassador, Scarlett Johansson, over promoting an Israeli company, ‘SodaStream‘ which operates from illegal Jewish settlement in the West Bank.
Johansson, a Hollywood model, singer and actress recently signed an agreement with SodaSream as its first “global brand ambassador” which will see her star in a television advertisement for the Israeli soft-drink firm during the Super Bowl on February 2, 2014. Last year, at the 8th Rome Film Festival, Johansson received the Best Actress for Spike Jonze’s movie ‘Her‘, even without appearing on screen. That’s a nice accolade for a rising Jewish performer in the Jewish controlled America.
The SodaStream factory is located inside a large Jewish settlement Ma’ale Adumim, established over Arab stolen land after Israel’s 1967 War of Aggression. It produces domestic carbonation machines for making sodas at home.
A statement posted at Oxfam official website, said: “Oxfam respects the independence of our ambassadors. However Oxfam believes that businesses that operate in settlements further the ongoing poverty and denial of rights of the Palestinian communities that we work to support. Oxfam is opposed to all trade from Israeli settlements, which are illegal under international law.”
Johansson 29, in her response to Oxfam statement, published in pro-Israel Ziocon Huffington Post on January 24, has refused to cancel her contract with the SodaStream. In support of her decision, she repeats company CEO Daniel Birnbaum Zionist hasbara lie that SodaStream is a “fantastic sanctuary of coexistence and an example of peace in a region that is so troubled and so needs hope.”
Commenting on Johansson’s ignorance of situation in the West bank, Mairav Zonszein said at Israeli website, +972: “Calling Israelis and Palestinians in the occupied West Bank who work for SodaStream “neighbors” with “equal rights” is beyond naive – it is insulting. Palestinians live under military rule, are not eligible to vote for the authorities that rule over their lives, are subject to military rather than civilian courts, and experience systematic discrimination in every aspect of life.”
Last year, the United Church of Canada boycotted SodaStream along with two other companies, Kater Plastic (home and garden products) and Ahava (personal cosmetic products) operating inside illegal Jewish settlements.
Oxfam UK operates in partnership with the British Board of Jewish Deputies, an Israel lobby group.
In its 2012 report, Oxfam blamed illegal Jewish settlements for most of natives’ misery. The report revealed that that Palestinians can use only 6% of the land in the area, while settlers, who account for 13% of the population, have control over 86% of its land. The poverty rate for Palestinian communities in the Jordan Valley is nearly double that of the rest of the West Bank, it adds.
About 500,000 Jews live in more than 100 settlements built since Israel’s 1967 occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The settlements are considered illegal under international law.
“These discriminatory policies and practices have pushed more Palestinians into poverty and are destroying the prospects for two states living side by side in security and peace,” Jeremy Hobbs, Executive Director, Oxfam International was quoted as saying.
The Jordan Valley – most of which lies within the eastern strip of the West Bank – is about 120km long (75 miles) and 15km wide. An Oxfam study suggests Palestinians could generate an extra £1bn ($1.5bn) a year if restrictions to their use of land, water and movements were removed in the Jordan Valley.
According to the American plan negotiated between Kerry and Netanyahu, the Jordan Valley will be leased to Israel by the Fatah controlled Palestinian Authority (PA) for the next ten years, during which the Jewish occupied forces will withdraw gradually. This has been rejected by Mahmoud Abbas’ chief negotiator Saeb Erekat.
Watch the SodaStream advertisement below.
Johansson who relocated from the US to Paris with her French fiancé Romain Dauriac last year- is astonished by how “terribly rude” other residents of the city are when it comes to walking through the streets, so she has developed a tough attitude in a bid to stop being “body checked” by passers-by. Was she talking about the fans of popular French comedian Dieudonne, whose is accused by French organized Jewry of insulting new Jewish religion (Holocaust). Watch the proof below.