Actress Johansson-Oxfam rift puts spotlight on West Bank

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euro-yank wrote:

I’m guessing the “difference of opinion” is that SodaStream pays her lots of money where Oxfam does not.

Jan 30, 2014 8:17am EST  --  Report as abuse
rblivingston wrote:

Oxfam is really hitting the headlines this year.

Seems just last week the story came out that Oxfam discovered that the world’s richest 85 individuals have amassed more wealth than the earth’s poorest 3.5 billion.

Could it be that the young, pretty actress fears alienating one or two of those 85 more than the charity she once represented?

Jan 30, 2014 8:49am EST  --  Report as abuse
1530jesup wrote:

so, when is the US going to give back the lands we stole from the native Americans? Or, are we paying for that by allowing them to run casinos and slowly take our money? When is the US going to abandon the slice of Cuba we control? in the last couple of hundred years what other country has returned land they recovered after defending themselves from annihilation? bottom line it is truly complicated.

Jan 30, 2014 10:44am EST  --  Report as abuse
willich6 wrote:

“The company employes both Palestinian and Israeli workers and says it’s plant offers a model of peaceful cooperation”..
Basically Oxfam is ‘selling out’ to radical Palestinians (Hamas) who don’t want a cooperative relationship with Israel – they want to ‘win the PR campaign’ with the West portraying Israel as an aggressor and Palestinians as ‘innocent farmers’ thrown off their lands… What a load of BS..
I’m proud of SJ for taking a public stand for reason and calling out the ‘hollywood elites’ who believe its ever so fashionable to bash Israel….

Jan 30, 2014 12:07pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Oxfam is an ostrich with its head buried in the sand. But a mature charity evolving away from its roots is nothing new – over time most of them morph into political animals aimed at doing whatever it takes to generate the contributions needed to maintain its executives’ high salaries and political aspirations.

Jan 30, 2014 1:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse
atrayuP wrote:

company in occupied territories
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Occupied? The arabs started both wars and lost..that means Israel gets the land!
Good for Scarlett for standing up for the truth!

Jan 30, 2014 3:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Salverda wrote:

Good for her! She is as courageous and principled as she is beautiful. I hope that hers will be an example that is followed by others. The integration of Israel and Palestine is a much better goal than is the constant attempt to push each other out of the land. The SodaStream company employs 500 West Bank Palestinians who work alongside 800 Jewish and Arab residents of Israel its plant offers a model of peaceful co-operation. As a “supporter of economic co-operation and social interaction between a democratic Israel and Palestine” she has my blessing, and no doubt also that of THE ALMIGHY’s as well. Those “pro-Palestinian” activists are not acting in Palestine’s best interest, they are acting on selfish reasoning, doing what they think will best garner donations from outside, Arabic, Israel hating, Islamic, concerns.

Jan 30, 2014 5:51pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Salverda wrote:

Good for her! She is as courageous and principled as she is beautiful. I hope that hers will be an example that is followed by others. The integration of Israel and Palestine is a much better goal than is the constant attempt to push each other out of the land. The SodaStream company employs 500 West Bank Palestinians who work alongside 800 Jewish and Arab residents of Israel its plant offers a model of peaceful co-operation. As a “supporter of economic co-operation and social interaction between a democratic Israel and Palestine” she has my blessing, and no doubt also that of THE ALMIGHY’s as well. Those “pro-Palestinian” activists are not acting in Palestine’s best interest, they are acting on selfish reasoning, doing what they think will best garner donations from outside, Arabic, Israel hating, Islamic, concerns.

Jan 30, 2014 5:53pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ToshiroMifune wrote:

“It is impossible to ignore the Israeli system of unlawful discrimination, land confiscation, natural resource theft, and forced displacement of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, where SodaStream is located,” the New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a statement on Wednesday.

No it’s not. It’s quite easy actually, particularly since Palestinians are of Semitic origin and look and talk funny.

Jan 30, 2014 9:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
nickir wrote:

Why does an airhead actress have any credibility with anyone? Please enlighten me.

Jan 30, 2014 9:49pm EST  --  Report as abuse
olmaned wrote:

By all international standards the settlements in the west bank are illegal.
That is a simple statement of fact.
If atrayuP is correct, the USA owns Japan and parts of Germany. To the victors belong the spoils not the land.
The company could just as easily set up on legitimate Israeli land (although, I suspect not as cheaply) and still hired Palestinians. Oh wait! There is a wall that would prevent Palestinians from coming to work.

Jan 30, 2014 10:48pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JewMedia wrote:

So much Jewish silliness here.

Anyone remember South Africa before Mandella? Sure blacks worked right alongside whites too … sure Palestinians have to eat.

Sorry ScarJo that you are so caught up in Jewish talk and thought that you’ve lost your perspective.

Jan 31, 2014 12:14am EST  --  Report as abuse
cnemo wrote:

Lets make it clear that Ms. Johansson is a Jew, and works within a massively Jewish controlled industry – Hollywood. She well perceives the goals and objectives of modern semitism both within the United States, Israel, and elsewhere on the planet. In essence, “she knows what side of the marble rye, her butter is on”. So, why would anyone with these facts expect her to do anything less than than defend her people(race)? Indeed, if she did not, she would either be called a “self-hating Jew” or an “anti-semite”… since now “Anti-Zionism is the new Anti-Semitism” – Rabbi Sacks (2012 AIPAC Convention).

Jan 31, 2014 11:23am EST  --  Report as abuse
pyradius wrote:

Yeah it’s really not that complicated. There are plenty of past abuses that would be extremely difficult to sort out at this stage (such as giving the US back to the Native Americans).

This has absolutely nothing to do with the abuses and theft that is _continuing_ to happen to this very day from the Palestinians.

Jan 31, 2014 6:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
CaptRichie wrote:

FYI: There never was a state called Palestine. It has no capitol, no currency. It is a vague term coined by the British, a take-off of the ancient word Philistine. Palestinians are mostly a collection of migrants and their children from surrounding Muslim countries. In fact, some historians say there were roughly only 7,000 people in all of Israel back in 1900. The non-Jews fled just before the surrounding Arab countries launched their attack on the newly created (many say restored) Jewish homeland in 1948. They assumed the Jews would be defeated and their homes and land returned to them. They were wrong and now pay the price for picking the wrong side.

There would be no struggle if the Muslim world were simply willing to live in peace with non-Muslims. But as we see all around the world, they are not. Christians and Jews are not welcome or treated kindly in any Muslim country. Muslims continuous kill each other on a daily basis. Israel would not have to take the steps it does for its survival if its neighbors were civilized and not focused on conquest, war and death. Want world peace? Take a hard look at Islam.

Jan 31, 2014 6:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
royalcurtier wrote:

No one should be surprised. Johansson’s mother is Jewish. Of course she chooses to support Zionist suppression of Palestinians.

Jan 31, 2014 10:39pm EST  --  Report as abuse
dajohnson20 wrote:

Is Oxfam International unaware of the devastating poverty the Palestinians live with? I don’t think so. Are they aware that SodaStream actively employs Palestinians at this factory? Absolutely. So why are they against businesses that employ Palestinians? It appears that they are actually more interested in applying anti-Semitic principles than being genuinely concerned with the economic plight of the Palestinian people. Fighting against SodaStream is promoting the continued suffering of the Palestinians; another example of misguided political correctness with very real (unintended?) consequences.

Feb 02, 2014 9:55am EST  --  Report as abuse
arices wrote:

I love how WJC CEO Robert Singer calls Oxfam ANTI-SEMITIC. They’re interesting in protecting the rights of the Palestinian people who are Semites themselves. I hope people realize what kind of deceptive language is being used by the WJC to manipulate them and to criminalize Oxfam for standing up for the rights of man.

Feb 06, 2014 2:03am EST  --  Report as abuse
arices wrote:

I love how WJC CEO Robert Singer calls Oxfam ANTI-SEMITIC. They’re interesting in protecting the rights of the Palestinian people who are Semites themselves. I hope people realize what kind of deceptive language is being used by the WJC to manipulate them and to criminalize Oxfam for standing up for the rights of man.

Feb 06, 2014 2:03am EST  --  Report as abuse
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