WJC praises Johansson, condemns Oxfam over Israel boycott issue

30 January 2014

The World Jewish Congress has praised Holywood actress Scarlett Johansson and condemned Oxfam over the end of its eight-year association with the actress for her defense of an Israeli company that employs Palestinian workers at a West Bank factory.

“We applaud Miss Johansson for her forthright defense of economic cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians and for standing up to the international bullies. She is a role model for others confronted with insidious anti-Israel pressure, and we encourage other Hollywood, media and entertainment personalities to follow her lead,” said WJC CEO Robert Singer. “By its treatment  of Miss Johansson, its longtime ambassador, Oxfam has chosen to align itself with the unprincipled and anti-Semitic BDS movement. This was a cowardly act that Oxfam should realize is a reprehensible and damaging mistake.”

Johansson, who had been an Oxfam ambassador, parted ways with Oxfam after she recently became the brand ambassador of an Israel company, SodaStream. The company employs Palestinian workers at a factory in the West Bank city of Ma'ale Adumim. Organs of the BDS movement had called on Oxfam to immediately sever its ties with Johansson.

In public statements over the past week, Johansson defended SodaStream as committed to "building a bridge to peace between Israel and Palestine, supporting neighbors working alongside each other, receiving equal pay, equal benefits and equal rights" and said that she is a “supporter of economic cooperation and social interaction between a democratic Israel and Palestine.”

Earlier, Johansson had issued a statement saying she “has respectfully decided to end her ambassador role with Oxfam after eight years because “she and Oxfam have a fundamental difference of opinion in regards to the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement."

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Birger Flygare

Tue, 04 Feb 2014

The world these days needs a lot of people with a civil courage like the one manifested by Scarlet Johansson.

Birger Flygare

Joel Steinberger

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

It's time that right thinking people like Scarlett Johansson to speak up in a loud voice against the antisemitic BDM organization, which draws its energy from the latent antisemitism of its adherents. What draws their attention to BDM and stirs up such strong feeling in them is to at last find a so-called "good reason" to allow their hidden Jew hatred to be expressed, because outwardly expressing Jew hatred is socially condemned. To any balanced observer, this is so clear, you have to wonder why anyone needs to point this out.

Victor Forman

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

Scarlett Johansson, beauty, brains and class all wrapped up in one magnificent package. She makes me even prouder to be a Jew than I was before, and that's pretty difficult. Bravo, Scarlett!!!

hyder ali

Sat, 01 Feb 2014

loved the rationale thought process of ms. johansson...... mutual respect is the vital window thru which ray of hope for peace cud enter... boycotting israel wont bring peace... thumbs up for scarlett johansson for modest but firm stance....

aaron bickman

Sat, 01 Feb 2014

She is 100% right. Oxfam is 100% wrong.


Fri, 31 Jan 2014

Bravo on this statement of support for Miss Johansson and condemnation of Oxfam's discriminatory policies. May her strength inspire others to follow suit.