Scarlett Johansson Has No Regrets Over SodaStream Deal

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March 17, 2014 | 8:26am EST

Actress Scarlett Johansson “stands behind” her decision to quit her role as an Oxfam ambassador to remain a spokeswoman for drinks company SodaStream.
The Avengers star came under fire in January for endorsing the company, which is based in Israel and has a factory in the disputed West Bank region,while maintaining her post with the charity, which opposes “all trade from Israeli settlements”.
She stepped down from her Oxfam role because the drinks deal clashed with her duties at the charity, prompting further backlash from critics, but Johansson is adamant she made the right choice.
In an interview with British newspaper The Observer, Johansson says, “I stand behind that decision. I was aware of that particular factory before I signed. And it still doesn’t seem like a problem – at least not until someone comes up with a solution to the closing of that factory and leaving all those people destitute.
“I think for a non-governmental organization (Oxfam) to be supporting something that’s a political cause… something feels not right about that to me.”
When asked about the factory’s site in the West Bank, she adds, “In that case… I was literally plunged into a conversation that’s way grander and larger than that particular issue. And there’s no right side or wrong side leaning on this issue.”

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