January 30, 2014, - 2:07 pm

Scarlett Johansson, Israel, Oxfam & SodaStream: Starlet’s No Hero; History of Hanging w Israel Boycotters

By Debbie Schlussel

Scarlett Johansson isn’t a hero in my book. Not even close. She has a history of hanging out with and enabling Israel-haters and anti-Semites.


Scarlett Johansson & Then-Boyfriend Sean Penn Feting Israel-Boycotting Al-Jazeera Owners, the Emir & Emira of Qatar, the Al-Thanis . . .

A lot of readers and others have asked me to post something congratulating movie star Johansson for keeping the millions of dollars she’s making for endorsing Israel’s Islamopandering SodaStream and her efforts to keep the money flowing in the face of opposition from the Israel-hating organization she promoted for EIGHT years. They also want me to congratulate her for “resigning” (she was asked to leave) from Oxfam, the openly anti-Israel organization for which she was an “ambassador” for eight years. Johansson is no pro-Israel revolutionary, despite the blind gushing by so many people who’ve elevated her to that position. But she is pro-wallet. And I give her credit for doing the math. But that’s all I give her credit for.

In fact, she knew what she was getting into when she chose to lend her name, face, and presence to Oxfam, an organization that has been openly anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, and pan-Arabist for decades. It was that way when I was in high school. It’s not news. And yet Johansson–who had no problem “dating” (euphemism) anti-Israel Iran apologist Sean Penn, and attending a dinner honoring the Emir of Qatar, Israel-boycotter extraordinaire and owner of anti-Israel, anti-American Al-Jazeera–also had no qualms with Oxfam’s vicious anti-Israel doctrine for the eight years during which she was involved in the organization. If you believe she didn’t know about and didn’t agree with Oxfam’s radical views, then you also believe the same about Barack Obama sitting in Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s church. And I have some land in Gaza to sell you.

I’ve already written about this story over and over. As I noted four years ago, the exact same thing happened to actress Kristin Davis of “Sex and the City Fame.” She was the face of Ahava, another Israeli company boycotted and attacked by Oxfam. Davis also made a lot of money for being its spokesmodel, just as Johansson has with SodaStream. Like Johansson, she also knew what Oxfam was about, and yet joined the organization and served as one of its ambassadors for years. She, too, was forced to “resign.” She didn’t deserve applause for that, and neither does Johansson.

People are delusional if they think Johansson is the champion of the pro-Israel cause. All you have to do is read her PR statement (posted below) in response to Oxfam’s attacks on her, regarding her high-paid engagement with SodaStream. She said she didn’t want to get into the middle of it. She just wanted the money. She supports Israel AND Palestine (hey, just like Barack Obama and Geraldo and Mahmoud Abbas!). But what is Palestine? I thought pro-Israel people realized–as America officially says–there is no “Palestine.” And if there is, what is it and where is it? Is it Gaza and the so-called West Bank (where many Jews live)? Is it Jerusalem? Is it all of Israel, as the Palestinians claim? She doesn’t say because she didn’t sign on to be pro-Israel. She signed on to make a sexy Superbowl ad and make a lot of money. Cha-ching.

And SodaStream is one of those typical Israeli companies that panders to Muslims because they are politically correct and think this will help them escape the Judenrein boycott Israel campaign (but won’t). They hired a lot of Palestinian Muslim workers (not just Israeli ones–despite chronic unemployment remaining among Jews who were forced out of their Gaza homes). They built an on-site mosque, forever making that mosque (and the ground beneath and surrounding it) Dar Al-Islam [“Islamic land”] in the eyes of Islam. That’s Scarlett Johansson’s kind of company. But because the company is owned by Jews, it’s never enough. No “good deed” toward Muslims goes unpunished. Dhimmis are useful idiots, always and forever.

So, while it’s nice that Scarlett Johansson made a non-statement “statement” that desperate pro-Israel activists want me to congratulate as “pro-Israel” and “anti-jihad,” it’s not that nice. Her exact, carefully fence-sitting statement said:

While I never intended on being the face of any social or political movement, distinction, separation or stance as part of my affiliation with SodaStream, given the amount of noise surrounding that decision, I’d like to clear the air. I remain a supporter of economic cooperation and social interaction between a democratic Israel and Palestine. SodaStream is a company that is not only committed to the environment but to building a bridge to peace between Israel and Palestine, supporting neighbors working alongside each other, receiving equal pay, equal benefits and equal rights. That is what is happening in their Ma’aleh Adumim factory every working day.

That’s pretty bland and it reeks of moral equivalency about Israel and “Palestine.” These are the carefully crafted non-committal words of a publicist hired so that she can keep her millions, remain in the ads, and quietly resign–as she was forced to do–from the openly anti-Israel organization she openly and proudly endorsed for eight years without a word against their decades-long hatred of Israel.

And as far as her “stepping down” from her eight-year engagement with anti-Israel Oxfam, again the organization made her quit, saying this:

While Oxfam respects the independence of our ambassadors, Ms Johansson’s role promoting the company SodaStream is incompatible with her role as an Oxfam Global Ambassador.

Translation: Buh-bye. She didn’t have a choice in the matter.

Is Israel that embattled and desperate that its supporters will glom on to anything and anyone this tenuous and remotely “pro-Israel” as something to gloat about and congratulate? Maybe. And if so, that’s very sad. And very weak. I don’t gush over crumbs. Nobody strong does. Sorry.

Scarlett Johansson as Israel’s new spokesmodel? Not even close. Courageous? Not even in the same ballpark.

Like I said, she simply took a page out of the Kristin Davis playbook because Oxfam put her in an uncomfortable position. She proudly hung out with Israel boycotters at Oxfam and Israel-boycotters-in-chief of Qatar (one of many countries that doesn’t allow entry to Jews with Israeli passports or Israeli stamps on their passports). Shame on Sodastream for hiring her in the first place.

Oh, and by the way, did Scarlett Johansson say anything or choose to leave Oxfam when it forced Kristin Davis out for endorsing Ahava?


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34 Responses

She sounds like another sand shark. Who was that CNN reporter that got all romantically involved with Arabs and then pretended to do even-handed and unbiased reporting about them? Yeah, Campbell Brown.

I wish you would stop saying, “anti-Semitic”. Why not anti-Jewish or anti-Israel? It just gets on my nerves because it isn’t technically accurate. Whatever. Go ahead I don’t care. This woman means about as much to me as JINO Sean Penn does.

get real on January 30, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Its all about the munyay baybay. She’s sold her soul to the highest bidder and/or has her sights set on another Jewish man for the moment.

get real on January 30, 2014 at 2:33 pm

I would not be surprised if she gets active in politics in a few years. Even though her ‘pro-Israel’ stance is very weak, and not really pro-Israel at all, that is how it will come across to millions of people, and that is how it will be remembered by them. She is by no means a stupid person, and I am sure she realized that her association with SodaStream would likely result in the termination of her relationship with Oxfam. Yes, money is playing a crucial role, but there may be long-range considerations as well.

Couple this with her brief visit to the troops in Iraq a few years ago. The trip will also be remembered, in spite of her numerous associations and affiliations with those opposing who are hostile to all traditionally Western values.

There is a long history of Hollywood celebrities getting involved in politics. Perhaps she will be next. An image of being friendly to Israel but still supporting the Palestinians. Antiwar, but still supportive of the troops. Perhaps she aspires to be more successful in Washington than was the Communistically inclined Hollywood Pink Lady of the 40s, Helen Gahagan Douglas (short presence in the U.S. House of Representatives, but defeated by Nixon for Senate in 1950).

Little Al on January 30, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    I look it somewhat differently. There have been Jews who cared nothing about Judaism or the Jewish people and if you had approached them at a certain point in their life, they would have told you – “what does being a Jew have to do with me?” Scarlett Johansson isn’t the first and won’t be the last Jew to believe that being Jew meant nothing to do them.

    But there is always a turning point, when for a Jew, being Jewish becomes the most important thing in their life and nothing else before has mattered! It happened to Moses Hess and Theodor Herzl. In their youth, they were the epitome of the assimilated Jew. But then they had an experience that changed their life and for them working for the Jewish people made them who they were.

    G-d, I believe calls His people back to Him and changes their lives. I don’t think what we saw happen is necessarily materialistic or cynical. We have to consider the people through whom he speaks are the last people on earth any one would consider worthy! We think in our human ways and His ways are not ours. We can see this as a gift from Him and walk in His paths. We can pray that Ms. Johansson does it also and that she become the Jew she was born to be!

    There are things in the world I can’t explain; all we have to know is to believe G-d will be with the Jewish people and Israel in their trials in the present and the future as He has been with them in the past. He is wherever we let Him in! None of us is perfect but when we have faith in G-d, we can deal with adversity and become better than we are now.

    Our lives have turning points and the Jewish people and Israel are not alone.

    NormanF on January 31, 2014 at 7:24 am

Parliament of whores comes to mind

Jack on January 30, 2014 at 3:22 pm

first off johannsen made it in movies and television by spreading her legs on the directors couch and that low grade drug addict sean penn is half jewish so let them join any group they want in a few years the public wont remeber either one of them fame is a temporary state those that despise jews forget christ was a jew his hebrew name was yashua and he was a rabbi so how can you hate an entire race when you elevated him as your god its a good thing the jews were kind enough to allow you to adopt him as your god or you would be worshiping a pile of horse shit

robert bernstein on January 30, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Debbie, thanks for the exact information on this story regarding Scarlett Johansson, I initially late last week praised Ms. Johansson on social media, but at the sametime, didn’t know the whole details that Johansson was quasi apathetic of the Israel-Palestinian issue and is doing this for profit and for PR reasons. So as I say again, thanks for the whole information 101 DS!

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on January 30, 2014 at 3:58 pm

They needed a Hollywood Jewish face for an embattled Israeli Jewish company!

Debbie’s right her association with the virulently anti-Israel Oxfam isn’t what a Jew should be doing in thev first place.

If she’s learned anything from all this, is that anti-Semites and Israel haters still hate even liberal Jews who hang out with them. Its not because they care about the Arabs – its because they loathe everything Jewish and Israeli.

I half-expected her to follow Kristin Davis and remain with Oxfam cuz Israel is too hot a potato for any one to identify with these days.

Good for her she finally cut her ties with Oxfam? Not so much with her moral equivalence between Israel and Palestine and her pretending that both sides are the same. She has a lot to learn about the Middle East.

Any Jew – and any human being with an ounce of common sense know that’s not true and it will never be. SodaStream is hated for what it does for Arabs. And you know people will hate Jews because that’s who they are – and never mind if they are the humanitarian of the year!

Will we see other liberal Jews like see the light and begin to back Israel? Johansson is probably the exception to the rule. For many Jews on the Left sad to say, their Judaism begins and ends with their keeping an arms’ length from Israel.

I’m not really surprised – it equal part cowardice, fear and of course a natural sense of self-presentation given the rising tide of anti-Semitism in today’s world. Its hard for a Jew to love Israel when its politically correct nowadays to hate the Jewish State.

Johansson has found out being made an ambassador for an Israeli brand isn’t making her popular in the circles that liked her for her liberal views… until they discovered, hey, she’s just another “dirty Jew.” It takes so little to fall from grace with that crowd.

NormanF on January 30, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    It’s only such an easy “fall from grace” because they were never in to begin with.

    Non-Jews understand ego. Jews don’t.

    Jill on January 30, 2014 at 5:10 pm

Oops… I meant to write self-preservation.

NormanF on January 30, 2014 at 4:20 pm

On the plus side Oxfam won’t easily find another Scarlett Johansson.
Oxfam showed it’s more interested in causes than helping people which is what you’d expect.

Frankz on January 30, 2014 at 4:22 pm


Oxfam is more interested in making Israel a leper than its interested in humanitarian causes.

They would have fired her anyway because you can’t be both a humanitarian and pro-Israel. Talk about irony!

And people are more upset over Johanson making a Super Bowl commercial than they are agonized over Palestinian Arabs starving to death in Syria.

Leaving her past questionable choices aside this says alot about the inverted moral priorities in our world.

The real “human rights” crime these days is defending the Jewish State and its right to exist.

NormanF on January 30, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Trust me Norman I know, I’m surrounded by these idiots on all sides. Even the people I used to trust have turned into zombie gimps

    Frankz on January 30, 2014 at 7:45 pm

OY! Debbie! I don’t care about SJ, but I really wanted a SodaStream because I like soda water but don’t like buying Schewppes. I had no idea that they hire Palis. We get a lot of flak for not shopping Rami Levi because he does the same thing and covers it with a lot of philanthropy like feeding the Fogel kids until the last one turns 18. I am so glad you posted this because it’s bad enough that they hire them while my able bodied, Hebrew speaking husband collects unemployment but a mosque on the grounds?????? I wish you were kidding but of course you aren’t. Isn’t any place where Muslims gather to pray regularly considered a mosque? Wouldn’t that make any facility that permits it at least partly Dar Al-Islam?

Meira on January 30, 2014 at 5:20 pm


    Its in Mizmor Adumim – an industrial park in the Jewish Israeli city of Maale Adumim that is just to the east of Jerusalem. SodaStream’s workforce is a mix of Jews and Arabs. The very same people who condemn Israel for alleged apartheid practices against Arabs are the very same people who now happen to be livid that Arabs work with Jews in an Israeli Jewish company. Their hypocrisy is blatant and no matter what Israel does or doesn’t do, it can’t win! But I do not see Israel haters buying the home soda maker at Walmart because the packaging says, “Made In Israel.”

    Ironically enough, that’s a place that would be part of Israel in any peace agreement with the Arabs. But anti-Semites and Israel haters want the Jews to be ethnically cleansed from Judea and Samaria. And they now hate Johansson for being more than a Jew who betrayed the leftist party line on Israel: they hate her for having something good to say about an Israeli product and they hate her for seeing nothing wrong with Jews living in a city they label an “illegal Jewish settlement.”

    Yup, she signed up with an Israeli Jewish company that shares her liberal philosophy – which is why Johansson and SodaStream were a match literally made in heaven! But what she is now discovering is that for the Left hate of Israel trumps liberal values. And casting your lot in the end with the Jewish people and Israel is not going to make you liked in much of the world.

    That’s a fact of life! Like I said, if she does learn something from this, it would be that its not easy to be a Jew in this world. Even Hollywood fame is no guarantee one is going to be hermetically sealed off from the vicissitudes of ever growing anti-Semitism and hate of Israel that now rages across the earth.

    NormanF on January 30, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      I agree, Norman. And the thing isn’t cheap. We saw one in Superpharm with the flavors for 600 Shekels! That’s about $150. Superpharm is expensive on most things but we don’t have Walmart…yet. The thing is we have real ageism and sexism here (women are paid less so get hired first) but surely there are people over 50 who could do some of their jobs. Assembly work isn’t that hard but even tho Rambam said we are permitted to pray in mosques, the idea of them having one on site is abominable. I wonder if they let them Jewish men pray Mincha in the early afternoon.

      Meira on January 31, 2014 at 3:37 am

I have no respect for Scarlett Johansson (as I have no respect for Bar Refaeli who avoided military service in the IDF) Johansson lacks the courage to take the position any Jew with with a strong identity would take.
The “Palestinian” Arab who allegedly stated that he worked for SodaStream and was treated “like a slave” turned out to be nonexistent.
What do you expect from a woman who said she is multicultural and celebrates both Christian and Jewish holidays?

Paula Malka on January 30, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Your criticism about Jews who are indifferent to the welfare of their people and ingratiate themselves with their enemies is well taken! They’re despicable and they look weak. They’re being used to harm fellow Jews and Israel whether they know it or not. And Jews without strong Jewish convictions become their own worst enemies. But Jews who are ostensibly strictly observant, like the anti-Zionist Neturei Karta dirtbags who demonstrated of Hungarian fascists in London of late, are by no means immune.

    That all taken in account, the larger point is no Jew in the end can escape who they really are even if that Jew cares nothing at all for the Jewish people and Israel! They will still be hated and anti-Semites won’t make a distinction between the fallen Jew and the faithful one. In the end, they both will be killed by their enemies.

    We saw that happen during the Holocaust! More to the point, if the Jewish people remain divided, they will assuredly hang. The BDSers don’t care about Bar Rafaeli or Scarlett Johansson’s politics. They care they are only Jews – and that people should hate them. That is all any one needs to know. No Jew, even those in deep denial, is truly safe in this world. Its a lesson the Jewish people forget to their peril.

    NormanF on January 30, 2014 at 9:52 pm

As usual, calling debbie a raging lunatic would be a compliment.

Abram on January 30, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Ibram, u b muzz?

    skzion on January 31, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Although there’s much to agree with in this article, I don’t believe that SJ signed on with SodaStream solely for the money. SJ is a very bankable star at this stage in her career and probably could have accepted other offers if she wanted advertising gigs. I also think that SJ’s agents, Bryan Lourd and Jim Toth at Creative Artists Agency, surely discussed the implications of signing on with SodaStream and anticipated the likely response. And yes, they probably wrote SJ’s official response to the subsequent criticism by Oxfam.

But I believe that Oxfam and others put pressure on SJ before Oxfam announced that SJ wasn’t going to be an “ambassador” for them anymore. In Boston, for example, advocates from Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), the Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights(BCPR), American Jews for a Just Peace, and First Church in Cambridge (UCC) Israel/Palestine Task Team told Oxfam staff they needed to take a stand after Johansson came out in support of SodaStream because. A Los Angeles delegation from JVP and Christian Peacemakers Team explained their concerns about SodaStream to assistants to agents Lourd and Toth. They gave her agents the petition with 10,000 signatures, which calls on Johansson to “stand on the right side of history and end your [her] relationship with SodaStream,” plus letters from JVP, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, and CODEPINK addressed to both Oxfam and Johansson. In New York, a delegation from CODEPINK [a telling name if there is one] and Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel delivered a similar information packet to the assistant of Joe Machota, Johansson’s Talent Agent at CAA. In addition, a large network of Palestinian non-profits, including some Oxfam partners, and Palestinian groups have both issued statements criticizing Oxfam for failing to distance itself from Johansson over her support for SodaStream.

Of course, SJ is a lefty and is for a two-state “solution,” but the typical Hollywood thing to do would have been to cave, as many others in her position have done before. So I think that SJ deserves just a little credit for standing up to the pressure, even if it’s just baby steps.

But I find the story itself interesting because it demonstrates the inherent hypocrisy of the BDSers, because SodaStream actually created jobs for many Muslims and other non-Jews in the area, which obviously doesn’t fit-in at all with their Israel “apartheid” rubbish.

Of course, you could also say that SodaStream is pandering to their enemies by giving Muslims jobs that they wouldn’t otherwise get, but the reality is that Israeli companies have been giving jobs or doing business with Muslim owned companies for decades, and SodaStream is far from a a unique case in this regard. True, Israel’s enemies will attack the nation and its companies no matter how much they help Muslims and other non-Jews. They obviously won’t be pleased with anything less than the extinction of Israel.

But in the long run, this long-standing policy of free and open markets in Israel is a better one for Israel than if Israel were to boycott others the way the BDSers try to do to it.

Ralph Adamo on January 30, 2014 at 9:30 pm


    The SodaStream as a product, is a minor stroke of genius. If you actually buy one, you will notice that the directions are printed in every known European language. There is a reason the SodaStream is particularly attractive to Europe and Asia, but I won’t go into that. Maybe you’re smart enough to figure it out by yourself.

    I’ll only say that getting “in” with a strong product in the early stages of growth is always good business. The mere fact that SodaStream can purchase Super Bowl advertising should tell you something about their growth. It should also tell you something about their cutting into market share of Coke and Pepsi. I’ll also remind you that at one point in time, both Coke and Pepsi boycotted Israel.

    I like NormanF’s attitude as stated below. I’d buy Israel-made products just to annoy anti-Semites. I’ll go one step further and encourage you to just BUY a SodaStream. If you like soft drinks, you’ll like it. If you live in Michigan, you’ll like it even more when you don’t have to fuss with bottle and can deposits.

    Israel’s economy has matured so much that no matter how much the BDS movement and European politicians talk, Israeli exports to Europe (and even Norway) grow every year. The Arab League States are circumventing their own boycott.

    So leave the politics behind. The dirty little secret is that Israel has become a “cool” place and the growth of SodaStream is more proof that the BDS movement is stupid, icky, mean, and anti-Semitic. There’s no sense harping further on it. It’s another business day and people are already out there buying Israeli products.


    There is NO Santa Claus (aka TINSC)

    There is NO Santa Claus on January 31, 2014 at 8:15 am

      Thanks, TINSC, I agree that SodaStream is a very interesting concept and is an appealing product because you can create sparkling beverage exactly to your liking or those of your family and friends, that is also healthy if that’s what you want, and there’s much less environmental overload. As for the politics of the situation, the reality is that SodaStream could move if it wanted to. But they chose to locate there and have promoted equal work opportunities, something that I’ve noted has been a trend for some time in Israel. If Milton Friedman–one of the greatest economists of all time–were alive today to give us his views on the economics and politics of the situation, I think he’d tend to agree that the free market practices of companies like SodaStream are a good thing for the local economy and for Israel generally.

      Ralph Adamo on January 31, 2014 at 1:41 pm


The anti-Semitic and anti-Israel dirtbags on the Left and on the Arab side don’t really care about Arab human rights. They only want to strip the Jewish people of their human rights and in the process further the destruction of Israel. That’s considered fashionable these days. Debbie is right SJ isn’t a hero for doing the right thing simply because she hung out for a long time with that kind of crowd and never spoke out against it. Truthfully, I don’t like that at all about her past! The only real surprise is that she evidently no longer felt comfortable with them. I welcome the new direction she has now chosen to embark on but her new-found identification with Israel won’t be easy to bear, that is for sure. And all the outburst of hate directed her way, what we’ve just been made witness to is a reminder, once a Jew, always a Jew! From now on, for the rest of her life, she will never be allowed to forget it for a single moment.

Ralph I do agree with you that it wasn’t for the money; she could have had a “nice” and non-controversial career by shunning anything to do with Israel. And up to this point she had just that – and now people will know her for only one role: not as a famous Hollywood actress but as a Jew who is the face of Israel. A very hard to act to follow.

NormanF on January 30, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Norman, you’ll get no argument from me about your points regarding the lefties–but that’s why I believe that SJ deserves a little credit for her stance. No, she’s not a hero, but SJ’s representation of SodaStream seems to have really riled up the lefties, and that’s a good thing in my book. The lefties are so whacked, that some have even accused SJ of interfering in “sensitive” political negotiations. Really!

    Take this whacked out opinion piece by Max Fisher of the Washington Post:


    Ralph Adamo on January 31, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Not one story I read has mentioned anything about SJ being Jewish. I didn’t know it either.

    Sammy Finkelman on February 1, 2014 at 10:43 pm

Great minds think alike, Debbie. Even before I read your column I was wondering what is so great about doing a non-hazardous job and getting paid for it.

Say what you want about Oxfam (a manifest anti-Semitic organization, IMHO) or SodaStream. I didn’t need a Super Bowl ad with what’s-her-face to buy my own SodaStream. Any device that relieves me of standing in line to return smelly, germ-infested, Michigan soda cans is valuable to me on its own merits.

It’s nice to know that SodaStream will be advertising at the Super Bowl and that it will annoy Oxfam. It’s also nice to know that Oxfam doesn’t have the courage to boycott the Super Bowl.

… and Please! Feel free to dump on SodaStream. For all their leftwing shortcomings, they prove yet again: when it comes to the national empowerment of the Jewish People, ya just can’t be leftwing enough for some people.


There is NO Santa Claus (aka TINSC)

There is NO Santa Claus on January 30, 2014 at 10:33 pm

I’d buy Israel-made products just for the satisfaction of seeing anti-Semites and Israel haters lose it.

I don’t really care about their trying to boycott everything Jewish on earth.

For people who claim to care about human rights, the one people on earth they think should have no human rights whatsoever are Jews.

And I will never ever be on their side! Period.

NormanF on January 31, 2014 at 12:15 am

If you like soft drinks (and especially if you live in Michigan), just buy one! I think you’ll like it.

Leave the political analysis to Debbie.

There is NO Santa Claus on January 31, 2014 at 8:23 am

Looking for possible love from whoever and for whatever, Jews jumped for Joy about Scarlett Johansson telling Oxfam off …NOT TOO FAST people, there is not real love there for you but for the money you produce

NuritG on January 31, 2014 at 11:16 am

Speaking of Sean Penn . . . I understand he’s now dating Charlize Theron. Isn’t she, too, some kind of typical Hollywood leftist (I seem to remember her going gaga, many years ago, over then-South African “president,” now perpetual worm food, Nelson Mandela)?

But that fete with Qatar’s Emir and Emira was also what entered my mind viz Ms. Johansson with regard to this issue. Some “hero,” indeed.

ConcernedPatriot on February 1, 2014 at 5:27 am

The U.S. government doesn’t understand what Qatar really is, either, or didn’t until recently.

There’s no reason to suppose that SJ really understood that Oxfam had wrong positions, and the BDS thing is kind of recent. Oxfam anyway still doesn’t demand a boycott of Israel, but only of anything Israeli outside the 1967 borders.

Sammy Finkelman on February 1, 2014 at 10:47 pm


Couldn’t Care Less about Johansson, Oxfam, Sodastreem or Jew Haters.
The above clip just hints that Canadian Politicians in this Gov. – are better human beings than members of The U.S. Gov. Anytime in the past or present.
Mr. John (Kohn) Kerry must be vomiting on himself each time he recalls he has 1/3 Jewish blood in his Vietnam Veins….

Simon on February 2, 2014 at 4:44 pm

I am shocked at DS position on this. A Jewish actress stands up to Muslims, an anti-Semitic “charity,” and the BDS movement and you don’t show her unqualified support?? Huh?

OK, yes SodaStream is paying her. So what? Paul McCartney and Elton John got paid, and they performed in Israel despite BDS pressure. Elvis Costello and Roger Waters could have gotten paid to perform in Israel, yet they chose to side with those who would destroy Israel. Bravo Ms. Johansson! I applaud your decision to support an Israeli company in the face of Muslim/BDS/Oxfam opposition!

And as far as the fact that SodaStream employs, and pays Muslims an equal wage is to be applauded. They are what BDS hates. Proof that Israel is a democracy for those that wish to participate. By not supporting this company you are proving to BDS that they are right! That Jews would not give Muslims a fair shake no matter what. You are giving Jew-haters and BDS supporters the proof they need that Israel should be destroyed.

I will not support those that give BDS and Muslims a valid argument. You are no better than those self-hating Jews at Mondosheiss. Goodbye to this self-hating Jew, anti-Israel, and anti-peace website. I’m going out to buy a SodaStream.

BAlbaEsq on February 3, 2014 at 12:21 pm

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