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Johansson and Oxfam parting ways

Scarlett Johansson has parted ways with the international charity Oxfam because of a dispute over her work for Soda-Stream, a company operating in a West Bank settlement that features the Hollywood star in an ad that will air during the Super Bowl.

Johansson became the latest casualty of a widening campaign to boycott the settlements, drawing attention to a larger debate about whether Israel will become an international pariah, at a steep economic price, if it fails to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians.

Johansson, 29, riled Oxfam International, a humanitarian aid organization for which she had served as global ambassador for eight years, helping raise donations for victims of natural disasters in Indonesia and the Philippines, among other causes.

On Wednesday, Johansson said in a statement that she was stepping down from that role, citing a “fundamental difference of opinion” with Oxfam.

– Associated Press

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