Take Action: Scarlett Johansson Comes Out for Occupation!
by Ramah Kudaimi, Membership & Outreach Coordinator | reposted from US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
Urge Oxfam Global Ambassador to End Support for Settlements
On January 10, 2014, occupation profiteer SodaStream announced that Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson had become their first-ever Global Brand Ambassador and will be starring in SodaStream’s Super Bowl ad on February 2.
Scarlett happens to be a Global Ambassador for Oxfam International, which considers settlements to be a major barrier to peace and contributor to poverty. Following international outcry, Oxfam stated that it was engaged in a dialogue with the actress. But on January 24, Scarlett released a statement whitewashing SodaStream’s complicity in Israel’s brutal military occupation and colonization of Palestinian lands and parroting SodaStream propaganda that the company is“building a bridge to peace between Israel and Palestine.”
Unlike Scarlett’s claim that SodaStream is “supporting neighbors working alongside each other” SodaStream is actually complicit in Israel’s brutal military occupation of Palestinian land by locating its factory in an illegal West Bank settlement where it exploits Palestinian land, labor, and resources.
Take action now to send the message that shilling for occupation and human rights abuses is unacceptable!
Sign our petition urging Scarlett to take her responsibility as an Oxfam Global Ambassador seriously and end her relationship with SodaStream. Help us reach 10,000 signatures so we can deliver the petition to Scarlett’s agents in NY and LA this week!
Call Oxfam America and let them know they must dump Scarlett as their ambassador if she continues to defend occupation and settlements. Call (800) 776-9326 then dial extension #2506 to be connected to President Raymond Offenheiser. Urge Oxfam to uphold its values and principled position against settlements and to follow their own precedent. In October 2012, Oxfam Italy cut its ties with Paola Maugeri over her role as a SodaStream PR Ambassador. In 2009, Oxfam International cut ties with Sex and the City star Kristin Davis over her role as spokesperson for cosmetics company Ahava, another Israeli settlement manufacturer.
On Twitter? Sign up for CODEPINK’s “Oxfam Say No to Occupation” Thunderclap! A joint tweet will automatically be sent out on Tuesday, January 18 at 12:00pm EST by all who sign up. This will help amplify the message to Oxfam that it is unacceptable to have an ambassador who defends settlements.
The Super Bowl is in less than one week so we need you to take action now!
Let’s make a touchdown for BDS!