Activists in Boston present petition at Oxfam America’s offices calling on the charity to cut ties with Scarlett Johansson.(Nancy Murray)
Oxfam America’s office in Washington, DC, refused on Tuesday to receive a 10,000-signature petition calling on the charity to cut ties with its “Global Ambassador” Scarlett Johansson if she remains “Global Brand Ambassador” for SodaStream.
SodaStream is an Israeli company that operates a factory in an illegal settlement in the occupied West Bank.
Activists did, however, present the petition and meet with staff at Oxfam America’s Boston office.
In Los Angeles and New York, human rights groups also delivered a petition to Johansson’s representatives at Creative Artists Agency, calling on the Hollywood actress to end her relationship with SodaStream.
As the US Campaign’s release details, activists from a coalition of groups were involved in the actions, including: Adalah-NY, American Jews for a Just Peace, Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights, Christian Peacemakers Team, CODEPINK, Jewish Voice for Peace and the US Palestinian Community Network.
Also, on Monday, the Netherlands Palestine Committee (Nederlands Palestina Komitee) wrote to Oxfam urging the charity to demand that Johansson “severs all connections with SodaStream, and if she is not inclined to do so, to drop her as Oxfam ambassador.”
The messages from the thousands who signed petitions, carried by these groups to Oxfam’s offices and Johansson’s agents, echo those coming from Palestine, where Oxfam’s Palestinian partners, and the largest coalition of Palestinian civil society groups have urged the charity to sever ties with the actress.
Amid deep splits within Oxfam, the charity has so far refused to dissociate itself from its occupation-profiteering “ambassador” even as Israel PR professionals praise Johansson for her “strong pro-Israel stance.”