Scarlett Johansson for SodaStream: ‘Set the bubbles free’ but keep the Palestinians bottled in Area A

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(Image: SodaStream)

(Image: SodaStream)

Sultry Scarlett Johansson is adding another image to her resume, as the new face of apartheid. She’s signed on with SodaStream, for its Super Bowl ad to be aired on February 2, launching off the corporation’s new worldwide advertising campaign with the sales pitch “better bubbles, made by you and Scarlett.” 

The SodaStream factory is built in Mishor Adumim Industrial Zone, located in the settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim, one of the largest Israeli thefts of Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank. The chunk of land the settlement is built on separated Ramallah, Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Jericho in violation of human rights and international law. At the announcement yesterday, Johansson appeared before a backdrop that bragged, “Set the bubbles free.” Her mother is Jewish, and the Times of Israel calls her a “Jewish actress.”

Haaretz reports: Israeli firm SodaStream hires Scarlett Johansson as its new face

“We are thrilled to welcome the remarkably talented Scarlett Johansson into the SodaStream family,” Daniel Birnbaum, the CEO of SodaStream, said in a statement.

picture14_sodastreammap(Hat tip Taxi)

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  1. irishmoses
    January 12, 2014, 12:56 pm

    Annie, Annie, you are not paying attention, you are not being a careful journalist. Read the SodaStream boxes on display at your neighborhood Costco. The labels clearly say “Made in Israel.” You have defamed the lovely Scarlett.

    • ritzl
      January 12, 2014, 1:48 pm

      Costco, despite all its protestations to the contrary of being for fair trade, good citizens, and the like, carries a lot of Israel/questionable/settlement product.

      Sabra Hummus
      Keter Plastics
      SodaStream

    • Semiotic Observer
      January 12, 2014, 1:50 pm

      Their largest production facility “in Israel” is in the settlement of Maale Adumim, in the occupied West Bank.

      • irishmoses
        January 12, 2014, 5:42 pm

        Was my sarcasm in my original post too subtle?

      • DICKERSON3870
        January 12, 2014, 5:47 pm

        My sarcasm is often lost on people, so sometimes I add (sarcasm intended) to avoid the problem.

      • ritzl
        January 12, 2014, 6:22 pm

        You’re sarcastic sometimes, JD?

        World gone wild!

        (sarcasm intended) ;)

      • Krauss
        January 12, 2014, 6:05 pm

        Was my sarcasm in my original post too subtle?

        Please explain!

      • irishmoses
        January 13, 2014, 12:55 pm

        Explain what? My response was sarcasm that I thought was obvious. i.e. That SodaStream was really made in Israel, not the West Bank, because it says “made in Israel” on the box.

        I actually had put a note at the end (“/end sarcasm”) but put it in HTML brackets (). I’m not sure why it didn’t show up. I doubt it was deleted by MW Central. It may have not appeared because it was seen as an incorrect HTML command.

        I take your point Semiotic Observer. Sometimes clever sarcasm can be mistaken for plain stupidity and/or HasbaraSpeak.

      • Semiotic Observer
        January 13, 2014, 2:31 am

        Sorry, I didn’t realize that it you were being sarcastic.

        I’ve noticed that sometimes it is hard to distinguish between sarcasm and the reflexive, asinine, and logically flawed arguments given on the issue. What some might consider a completely ridiculous and nonfactual argument is often, in fact, an argument used by others.

    • FreddyV
      January 14, 2014, 9:10 am

      It would appear they really need the boost. Sales are down 25%!

      link to blogs.wsj.com

  2. Woody Tanaka
    January 12, 2014, 12:58 pm

    It’s a shame. I liked her film work and was looking forward to seeing Avengers 3. Oh, well, she’s on my boycott list now.

    • yrn
      January 12, 2014, 2:17 pm

      Tanaka

      I guess you want have anyone left in your non boycott list.
      But you can always go and see Waters and Atzmon.

      • Woody Tanaka
        January 12, 2014, 5:35 pm

        There are plenty of people who aren’t active supporters of you racists.

    • Krauss
      January 12, 2014, 6:09 pm

      Plenty of PEP in the music industry.

      Madonna superimposes the image of Hitler on Le Pen but spends New Year’s Eve with Bibi Netanyahu. Who is worse, objectively, between Le Pen and Bibi? It’s hard for me to make a choice but we do know that Bibi is in power and Le Pen is not, and the results has been disastrous for Palestinians. But anti-racism when the racists are Jewish isn’t hip or encouraged and Madonna stays quiet on that.

      You have the same thing with Meryl Streep. She condemnds Walt Disney’s racism against Jews back in the 40s but yucks it up with settlement supporters in Hollywood.

      This is what Roger Waters was referencing, which he got a lot of heat for, when he talked about the Jewish lobby in the music/entertainment industry. You’re not really supposed to condemn Jewish racism like you would non-Jewish gentile racism. It’s the unspoken rule to making it. And when you do, when you point out the hypocrisy, you hurt your career. Just look at Tilda Swinton who was barred, essentially, from Hollywood after she came out in support for Palestine.

      It’s a crime nobody from a mainstream music or entertainment publication has interviewed her about this yet. They’re fearful of the backlash if they did.

  3. Blownaway
    January 12, 2014, 1:28 pm

    Maybe if she knows people are watching

    Scarlett Johansson’s Agent:

    Scott Lambert

    William Morris Agency

    One William Morris Place

    Beverly Hills, CA 90212

    Phone: 310-859-4000

    Scarlett Johansson’s Publicists:

    CeCe Yorke or Marcel Pariseau

    True Public Relations

    6725 Sunset Boulevard

    Suite 570

    Los Angeles, CA 90028

    Phone: 323-957-0730

    • yrn
      January 12, 2014, 2:19 pm

      Ok Fox.
      Go and get her.
      Send her threats letter, call her up.

      Do what you know to do ……

      • Talkback
        January 14, 2014, 11:05 am

        yrn says:
        Ok Fox.
        Go and get her.
        Send her threats letter, call her up.

        Do what you know to do ……

        I have a better idea. Let’s treat her – and you – like your antigentile Apartheid Junta treats Gentiles. You know, all that you know to do.

    • Taxi
      January 12, 2014, 2:35 pm

      Hollywood has become grotesquely zionist. The majority’s silence on Apartheid israel’s crimes is utterly telling and shameful. In-your-face silence! And the noisy ones are usually shoving their zionism down your throat – some of them, like Scarlet, wear perfume and silk gloves while doing it.

      I wouldn’t waste my time or breath contacting her agents or publicists, they’ll all zionists beyond hope. Some Hollywood goy are even more zionist than Hollywood jews – weird though that you can’t see how happy these California ziogoys are when fellating the (tanned) donkey for all the botox pickling their faces stiff.

      We see this immoral goy grovelling on the east coast (Capitol Hill), and on the west coast (Hollywood Hills) we see the same spineless goy song and dance on the beaten bones of Palestine.

      My advise is not to plead with artists to give up their zionism/associations with zionism, but to boycott their artistic projects and ridicule them in public as often as possible.

      • Krauss
        January 12, 2014, 6:04 pm

        Don’t forget the annual IDF fundraising dinners in Hollywood.

      • rightcoaster
        January 12, 2014, 11:07 pm

        This notion of Israel as “apartheid” ..where does it come from? Do the users understand what it means? Or is it just intended as a rock to be thrown mindlessly? The neighborhood is pretty tough, I have to assume none of you has been reading the papers over the last few decades. To what standard will you hold Israel, given the nature of the neighbors? I have heard the muezzin call Muslims to prayer in Jaffa and elsewhere in Israel….would I have heard a cantor chanting at a synagogue in what is now east of the “green line” before 1967? Before 1948? What happened between 1948 and 1967 to the Jews who had lived there?

        Do Jews and Christians have the same rights as Muslims in any neighboring country? If not, why are those countries not also vilified as “apartheid”? How are the Copts doing in Egypt, last time you looked? That Christian priest whose library was burned in Lebanon (taking a recent news bit as factual)?

        Do Arab Palestinians in Lebanon or Syria have the same rights as other Arabs? Do they have better rights than the Arabs who live in Israel? If not, why aren’t the Syrians and Lebanese vilified? Forcing Palestinians to live in “refugee camps” after over 60 years, denying citizenship and free choice of occupation — is that not also what you call “apartheid” when applied to Israel, but ignored otherwise?

        Does any non-Muslim have any rights in Saudi Arabia? Can a Jew even be dhimmi there? Some dope wrote in a blog about the “anti-women” policies of Israel. Why was Saudia not included in the whine? You can be queer in Israel. Can you be queer anywhere else in the region?

        I get the impression reading these posts about “apartheid” Israel of a bunch of ignorati, or a bunch of idealogues, or a sappy mixture of both — void of historical insight, blind to all but the simplest view of the area and its history.

        “Stealing land from the Palestinians”. The shambles that is the Middle East except for the solitary example of Israel (OK, and maybe Turkey for now, until it also implodes) was the result, not of colonialism post-WWI, but of the collapse of the decrepit, corrupt Ottoman Empire….leaving nothing that could foster the development of successful nation-states. Add to that the toxic idea that Islam cannot coexist with non-Muslims as political equals (not to mention the Sunni-Shia vendetta), and we have today’s Iraq/Syria/Lebanon/Egypt/etc. What you mis-label “apartheid” (a lazy person’s term that avoids the need for careful thought, or any thought) seems like a rational approach to living in a really bad neighborhood.

        Finally, farming the land for generations may or may not give ownership rights. That’s a matter for local law; and Israel does have a legal system that works. Do the other countries in the region?

        A poster below blathers about “stolen land and labor that has no options or recourse”. Why are thousands of Africans trying to get into Israel? Why do thousands of Palestinian Arabs want to work for Israeli companies? The “labor that has no options or recourse” — what does that nonsense mean? Are they enslaved that they can’t go to work for Arab companies?

        I like my Sodastream. Think I’ll go buy another. And Scarlett is terrific.

      • Taxi
        January 13, 2014, 9:19 am

        rightcoaster,
        STFU with your despicable denialism.

        You are zio brainwashed beyond hope.

        Maybe some good-natured soul here on MW will teach you what Apartheid really is – not me: I don’t suffer zio fools like you easily and what I really wanna say to you won’t pass moderation.

      • Annie Robbins
        January 13, 2014, 9:30 am

        all he/she has to do is google “crime of apartheid”. it’s that simple. sheesh.

      • rightcoaster
        January 13, 2014, 11:28 am

        So, you are incapable of a coherent, reasoned, civil reply? The closed mind of the pseudo-liberal, whose confirmation bias is the limit of his intellectual span?

      • rightcoaster
        January 13, 2014, 11:48 am

        My reply just above was directed mainly at you, taxi. In case you didn’t notice.

        Annie’s comment “google “crime of apartheid” ” a loaded phrase reflects her confirmation bias, cannot be replied to. She only seeks what reinforces her beliefs….like flat-earthers, conspiracy-theorists, visiting-aliens seekers, and others of that ilk.

      • Annie Robbins
        January 13, 2014, 4:00 pm

        “crime of apartheid” is not a loaded phrase. there is actually a wiki page for it. you asked: This notion of Israel as “apartheid” ..where does it come from?

        link to en.wikipedia.org

        Crime of apartheid
        From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

        This article is about the crime of Apartheid as defined in international law. For the system of racial segregation that formerly existed in South Africa, see South Africa under apartheid. For other uses, see Apartheid (disambiguation).

        ….
        The crime of Apartheid is defined by the 2002 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court as inhumane acts of a character similar to other crimes against humanity “committed in the context of an institutionalized regime of systematic oppression and domination by one racial group over any other racial group or groups and committed with the intention of maintaining that regime.”
        On November 30, 1973, the United Nations General Assembly opened for signature and ratification the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid.[1] It defined the crime of apartheid as “inhuman acts committed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining domination by one racial group of persons over any other racial group of persons and systematically oppressing them.”

        ICSPCA definition of the crime of apartheid[edit]

        Article II of the ICSPCA defines the crime of apartheid as below:

        International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid,
        Article II
        [1]

        For the purpose of the present Convention, the term ‘the crime of apartheid’, which shall include similar policies and practices of racial segregation and discrimination as practiced in southern Africa, shall apply to the following inhumane acts committed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining domination by one racial group of persons over any other racial group of persons and systematically oppressing them:

        a. Denial to a member or members of a racial group or groups of the right to life and liberty of person

        i.By murder of members of a racial group or groups;

        ii. By the infliction upon the members of a racial group or groups of serious bodily or mental harm, by the infringement of their freedom or dignity, or by subjecting them to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment;

        iii.By arbitrary arrest and illegal imprisonment of the members of a racial group or groups;

        b. Deliberate imposition on a racial group or groups of living conditions calculated to cause its or their physical destruction in whole or in part;

        c. Any legislative measures and other measures calculated to prevent a racial group or groups from participation in the political, social, economic and cultural life of the country and the deliberate creation of conditions preventing the full development of such a group or groups, in particular by denying to members of a racial group or groups basic human rights and freedoms, including the right to work, the right to form recognised trade unions, the right to education, the right to leave and to return to their country, the right to a nationality, the right to freedom of movement and residence, the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association;

        d. Any measures including legislative measures, designed to divide the population along racial lines by the creation of separate reserves and ghettos for the members of a racial group or groups, the prohibition of mixed marriages among members of various racial groups, the expropriation of landed property belonging to a racial group or groups or to members thereof;

        e. Exploitation of the labour of the members of a racial group or groups, in particular by submitting them to forced labour;

        f. Persecution of organizations and persons, by depriving them of fundamental rights and freedoms, because they oppose apartheid.

        Definition of racial discrimination[edit]
        According to the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination,
        the term “racial discrimination” shall mean any distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on race, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin which has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal footing, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural or any other field of public life.[12]

        you’re one class act:

        you are incapable of a coherent, reasoned, civil reply? The closed mind of the pseudo-liberal…..reflects her confirmation bias, cannot be replied to.

      • Taxi
        January 13, 2014, 3:06 pm

        rightcoaster,

        Go play with your Lego set – it’s about as intellectual as you can get – plus you can call the end result your god-given ‘settlement’ and move your family in and live there dopely ever after.

      • Semiotic Observer
        January 13, 2014, 4:53 pm

        rightcoaster,

        It is obvious that you recently learned about confirmation bias, because you are proudly showing it off. However, based on what you wrote, I seriously doubt that you fully grasp its meaning or the concept.

        Here are some examples of someone who suffers from confirmation bias :

        When people say “equality, not apartheid”, they hear “kill the Jews”
        When people say “end the occupation”, they hear “throw the Jews into the sea”
        When people say “Human Rights”, they hear “Israel doesn’t have the right to exist”
        When people say “boycott Israel”, they hear “new holocaust”
        When people say “let’s talk to Iran”, they hear “let’s support terrorism”

        I doubt that even the Richter scale can measure the psychosis magnitude of the Zionist who accuses others of confirmation bias. It’s mind bending.

      • rightcoaster
        January 13, 2014, 9:15 pm

        Well, anyone with “semiotic” in his stage name is pretty formidable, at least in his own estimation, but I’ll try to avoid quaking. Actually, I am using the term here because I haven’t seen it anywhere else in such distilled and refined perfection. All of you who post here are of one mind, stroking one another, no dissent, no deviations in positions taken, it’s a sort of mutual masturbation. Confirmation bias to the right of me, to the left of me, volleying and thundering.

        Instead of blathering pietism and kumbaya, kindly respond with specificity to what I wrote. I have tried before to get BDS ideologues and zealots to explain why they focus on Israel when there are really evil things going on in other countries, things that they ignore, as if they are all in some sort of marijuana myopia. Is it because it’s so much safer, you can’t get killed as you would if you opened your silly yaps in any of the other countries of the region?

        It’s not I, Semi, who does not grasp the concept — you are a fish and don’t know you are wet.

      • rightcoaster
        January 13, 2014, 6:23 pm

        Thank you, Annie — very helpful to illustrate the remarkable capacity for selective interpretation of a noble concept. So, kindly apply that concept to the following wiki page: link to en.wikipedia.org, in the same way you apply it to Israel.
        ” …According to Human Rights Watch, Palestinian refugees in Lebanon live in “appalling social and economic conditions.” They labor under legal restrictions that bar them from employment in at least 25 professions, “including law, medicine, and engineering,” a system that relegates them to the black market for labor. And they are “still subject to a discriminatory law introduced in 2001 preventing them from registering property.”[2] The discrimination Palestinians “suffer” when they apply for jobs in Lebanon has been compared to the “apartheid mentality” used by the ruling Sunni family of Bahrain towards its majority Shi’ite population. …Israeli Arab Journalist Khaled Abu Toameh and other commentators accuse Lebanon of practicing apartheid against Palestinian Arabs who have lived in Lebanon as stateless refugees since 1948.[4][5][6][7][8] According to Human Rights Watch, “In 2001, Parliament passed a law prohibiting Palestinians from owning property, a right they had for decades. Lebanese law also restricts their ability to work in many areas. ”

        Majority Shia in Bahrain are also discriminated against by the ruling Sunni monarchy, but in a country without the rule of law, no laws are required for it. Until recently Ba’hai in Iraq by law, but in practice all minorities are discriminated against there: Assyrians, Chaldeans, Twelvers, etc.. In Syria, the 11% minority Alawites rule over the 74% Sunni.

        Consider Egypt: “Egypt has a number of religious minorities living in the country, totalling around 10 per cent of the population. While Copts form the largest minority group, Bahá’í, Shi’a Muslims, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Quranists and Ahmadis also have a well established and historic presence spanning generations.

        These groups have suffered decades of sustained discrimination and violence, going back to the establishment of the Ottoman Empire, but more recently shaped by the pan-Arabism of Gamel Abdel Nasser and the subsequent political repression imposed by Anwar Sadat and his successor, Mubarak. – This is from minorityrights.org/.

        Yet, Annie, you and the others here focus laser-like on Israel. Why do you consider that a reasonable, adult approach to problems? Why do you pluck a notion of apartheid to cling to, when for the most part Israel is exemplary in its freedoms — of worship, association, choice of occupation? You can be queer in Israel, Annie. Go try to be queer elsewhere, or Coptic, or Ba’hai, or even Palestinian. Or Shia or Sunni. Why do you focus on Israel exclusively and ferociously, Annie? Have you read the ICSPCA definition, and can you honestly say it does not apply far more to Saudia, Iraq,Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iran, than to Israel? Try being a Bahai in Iran — but there is a Bahai Temple in Haifa. Yet you single out Israel.

        The Kurds are spread over Turkey, Iraq, Iran, and Syria (at least). Their boundaries also came mostly after the collapse of the Ottomans. They are discriminated against, and except de facto in Iraq have no nation of their own, certainly none that is recognized internationally. Why are you not taking up the cause of the Kurds?

        Can you explain all that to me? Better still, can you explain it to yourself? Is it not a lazy person’s thoughtless use of a really superkeeno term like “apartheid” to avoid understanding the issues? Who was blowing up whom, Annie, in Israel? Who had or maybe still has the outright destruction of a country in its charter? To the question, “Which country systematically denies minorities their rights?”, must the answer be Israel? It’s similar to calling somebody a Nazi — great way to avoid thought.

        All of that said, it would be great if the parties could come together and make a Palestinian state adjacent Israel, one that is open, democratic, inclusive of all minorities, committed to peace and prosperity, regional harmony. The occupation is costly to Israel morally as well as economically.

        So, Annie, if you were the PM of Israel, whom would you trust to make such a state of Palestine, such that the government of Israel that you lead can confidently assure its citizens of their safety? Isn’t the first responsibility of a government the security of its citizens?

      • Eva Smagacz
        January 13, 2014, 7:33 pm

        Defence of Israeli crimes with whataboutery.

        Try whataboutery on another crime: Let’s not protect women in lower Manhattan from rape, because worse rapes happen in Congo.

      • irishmoses
        January 14, 2014, 2:19 am

        rightcoaster,
        You take the cake for the most pompous ass to ever appear on MW. Your self-satisfied comments boil down to nothing more than the only remaining defense from Hasbara-Central, serial whataboutery. Instead of discussing the details of what Israel actually did and does to the Palestinians, you offer us a long laundry list of crimes of other nations that are allegedly worse than the crimes Israel is accused of.

        Nobody disputes or defends the conduct and crimes of others you mention. But MW is not a forum for the world’s crimes or even the crimes of the Middle East. Instead, it is a forum devoted to the Israel-Palestine conflict.
        Why are we interested in the actions of Israel? Simple, it has a huge and negative impact on US foreign policy. It also gets $3 billion a year or more in direct aid from the US government (i.e. from us taxpayers), plus billions more in indirect aid. It also blatantly interferes in our domestic political system. Last, but certainly not least, it has oppressed another people while it steals the remaining vestiges of what was supposed to be the State of Palestine while using its lobbying influence to cause our government to support its illegal actions by vetoing any international attempt at getting it to cease its illegal activities.

        Israel is a major problem for the United States as our Secretary of State’s 10 recent trips to that country demonstrate. Criticizing Israel’s illegal conduct is no more invalid or anti-Semitic than criticizing China for its illegal conduct. Israel is being singled out because its illegal conduct has such a detrimental effect on US foreign policy and US values.

        Instead of engaging in serial whataboutery to divert attention from Israel’s illegal actions, I suggest you examine in detail those actions and then try to defend them. Don’t change the subject. Deal with (and attempt to defend if you will) the actions of Israel. After all, that’s what this forum is about.

        Make sure you include links to reputable sources. Grandiose bloviating doesn’t cut it on Mondoweiss. Despite occasional uncivil remarks, the overall dialogue and intellectual level on MW is pretty decent, your overwrought characterizations notwithstanding.

        If you want to benefit from MW and even change minds on MW, you’ll need to make major changes to your tone and demeanor. I suggest you observe for a few days and put your foot in a little at a time. If you express your views in a civil, reasoned manner, you will be treated respectfully.

      • Djinn
        January 14, 2014, 3:25 am

        All of you who post here are of one mind, stroking one another, no dissent, no deviations in positions taken, it’s a sort of mutual masturbation. Confirmation bias to the right of me, to the left of me, volleying and thundering.

        You’re kidding right? Obsidian, Mahane, Hophmi, Abu Afak, Yonah, yrn, you, there are almost more Zionists here now than anti-Zionists.

        Instead of wasting everyone’s time, perhaps you could familiarise yourself with the archives and see that your demand that we explain why we boycott Israel when other nations have terrible human rights records has been answered many many times by many different people. Many have also detailed their involvement in campaigns that have nothing to do with Israel so you would see your straw man isn’t relevant anyway.

        Maybe if you didn’t all feel the need to spend time posting somewhere you feel is anti-Semitic and of no import, the rest of us would spend time discussing the many things we don’t agree on. Instead we spend time debunking the nonsense Zionists post.

        In order for the full breadth of views of posters here to be more apparent we would have to let your bullshit posts stand, that’s not going to happen. You could all assist if you really want to. Stop spamming MW with the same nonsense which has been debunked hundreds of times. Stop trying to deflect arguments with the hoary old “look over there” tactic. Stop claiming no-one here opposes the crimes of other nations because you have absolutely no idea if they do or not (FWIW which is really nothing, I boycott Indonesia because of their occupation of and crimes in West Papua, in response to the call of the West Papuan people). Stop conflating criticism of Israel with anti-semitism.

        In short post in ways that demonstrate you are remotely honest and/or informed if you’d rather not see lots of posts agreeing with someone who corrects your falsehoods. If seafoid, Hostage, taxi, Roha and Annie all agree that water is wet it would not demonstrate group think or mutual stroking. It just demonstrates they can distinguish fact from fantasy.

      • Walid
        January 14, 2014, 4:16 am

        “Have you read the ICSPCA definition, and can you honestly say it does not apply far more to Saudia, Iraq,Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iran, than to Israel? ”

        Rightcoaster, in which way does the definition apply to Lebanon more than to Israel?

      • irishmoses
        January 14, 2014, 10:58 am

        Why are the reply links missing for some postings? Is that intentional or just a glitch in the new program?

      • Annie Robbins
        January 14, 2014, 12:38 pm

        irishmoses, i have no idea where the reply buttons have gone. i urge everyone to write phil and adam. until then just use the most recent one and hope it lands at somewhere relating to who or what you’re addressing.

        rightcoaster, israel is very overtly pressuring us into war with iran. none of the other countries you mention are impacting legislation in this country the way israel is, it’s dangerous. they are a threat to our national security and unlike other countries you’ve mentioned our government either does not have the willingness nor the power to stop their gross violations. therefore it’s left to the citizens of the world to take action.

        Israel’s expansionist goals threaten the stability of the entire region. palestinians have organized and requested we take action in the form of BDS. this has been years in the making and began way before syria’s current fiasco or the arab spring. there will always be some global eruption that will trump the constant oppressive strangling of palestine, the longest running human rights violation in the world. we need to end it. your tactics are transparent and diversionary and don’t fool anyone.

      • rightcoaster
        January 14, 2014, 2:25 pm

        IrishMoses:
        “… Nobody disputes or defends the conduct and crimes of others you mention. But MW is not a forum for the world’s crimes or even the crimes of the Middle East. Instead, it is a forum devoted to the Israel-Palestine conflict. …”

        RC: Why is it exclusively devoted to that conflict? There are much more serious conflicts, much more serious oppressions, many of them with much simpler resolution. Yet here we have supposedly serious people debating Scarlett’s boob job, or lack thereof.

        IM: “… Why are we interested in the actions of Israel? Simple, it has a huge and negative impact on US foreign policy. It also gets $3 billion a year or more in direct aid from the US government (i.e. from us taxpayers), plus billions more in indirect aid. …”

        RC: Israel gets only military funding grants, and as I understand them they must be spent on US military equipment and related stuff. Therefore the economic benefit is to US industry and workers (at taxpayer cost, of course). Under the same program Afghanistan and Iraq are/were both larger (2008 data); the next largest is after Israel were/are Egypt, Pakistan, Jordan. The total to the latter three is/was not much different from that to Israel, and they face different situations. Israel gets zero in “indirect aid”, according to an April 11, 2013 Congressional Research Service report titled “U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel”. Economic grants declined monotonically from 1999 to zero in 2008, zero since.

        IM: “… it has oppressed another people while it steals the remaining vestiges of what was supposed to be the State of Palestine while using its lobbying influence to cause our government to support its illegal actions by vetoing any international attempt at getting it to cease its illegal activities.”

        RC: The State of Palestine — a concept not even the Palestinians can agree on. You call it “whataboutery” to disparage it — but the facts are you devote your whole energies to a minor part of the region’s troubles, let alone the whole world’s. If you are really concerned with the adverse impact on the US’ foreign policy (and I don’t recognize any signs of FP-concerned folks in the postings here), you should still apply at least equal pressure on the Palestinians to come to terms. If there is no “deal space” on the fundamental issues, and no agreement acceptable to both sides on them, all you are doing is one-sided, feel-good, nice and safe stuff that does not advance a stable solution to the region. Even if BDS is successful in forcing some sort of deal, which it can’t really do, there there is little reason to assume it will give a better outcome down the road, when the parties have to live with that deal.

        IM: “…anti-Semitic than criticizing China for its illegal conduct. Israel is being singled out because its illegal conduct has such a detrimental effect on US foreign policy and US values. …”

        RC: I don’t recall having used either the word anti-Semitic or Jew in my posts here. As for being a detriment to “US values”, it is hard to see why withdrawing support from the only nation-state in the region that has values anywhere close to those I ascribe to the US, and transferring it to those whose values are diametrically opposed to those of the US, would be a change for the moral higher ground.

        IM: ” …Instead of engaging in serial whataboutery to divert attention from Israel’s illegal actions, I suggest you examine in detail those actions and then try to defend them. …”

        RC: It’s tough living under military occupation, and Israel has its share of “Greater Israel” fanatics. But given the history since 1948, and with legitimate security concerns that no other nation faces, and that no Palestinian entity has been able to provide credible assurances on the main points …. then, if you were the PM of Israel, what would you, in this context, do to assure the security of your citizens for the next 50 years or so?

      • rightcoaster
        January 14, 2014, 8:06 pm

        Djinn: “…Stop conflating criticism of Israel with anti-semitism. …”

        RC: Where did I use the term “anti-Semitism”, or “Jew”? I don’t recall having done that.

        Walid: “…in which way does the definition apply to Lebanon more than to Israel? ”

        RC: Quoting the following from Annie’s helpful inclusion of it, with apologies for the length: “…following inhumane acts committed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining domination by one racial group of persons over any other racial group of persons and systematically oppressing them:

        a. Denial to a member or members of a racial group or groups of the right to life and liberty of person
        i.By murder of members of a racial group or groups;
        ii. By the infliction upon the members of a racial group or groups of serious bodily or mental harm, by the infringement of their freedom or dignity, or by subjecting them to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment;
        iii.By arbitrary arrest and illegal imprisonment of the members of a racial group or groups;
        b. Deliberate imposition on a racial group or groups of living conditions calculated to cause its or their physical destruction in whole or in part;
        c. Any legislative measures and other measures calculated to prevent a racial group or groups from participation in the political, social, economic and cultural life of the country and the deliberate creation of conditions preventing the full development of such a group or groups, in particular by denying to members of a racial group or groups basic human rights and freedoms, including the right to work, the right to form recognised trade unions, the right to education, the right to leave and to return to their country, the right to a nationality, the right to freedom of movement and residence, the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association;
        d. Any measures including legislative measures, designed to divide the population along racial lines by the creation of separate reserves and ghettos for the members of a racial group or groups, the prohibition of mixed marriages among members of various racial groups, the expropriation of landed property belonging to a racial group or groups or to members thereof; …”

        See the Wikipedia link in my post of 1/13 @6:23, describing the plight of the Palestinians in Lebanon. From that linked article, “… Israeli Arab Journalist Khaled Abu Toameh and other commentators accuse Lebanon of practicing apartheid against Palestinian Arabs …” Denial of jobs, restrictions on residence (separate reserves, freedom of … residence) …
        and if you don’t like Wikipedia, here’s another report, from 2007: link to electronicintifada.net

      • rightcoaster
        January 14, 2014, 9:38 pm

        My mini-apology to several of you: I went back and saw where I did use the word “Jew”. But I could not recall it because you have misinterpeted it, inferred I am whining about anti-Semitism, but that’s not at all what I intended. The context of my use of that word was to show that all minorities (not Jews as actual people since those countries are Judenrein except for Iran, but Jews as a hypothetical minority) are being screwed in all of these other countries of the region.

      • rightcoaster
        January 14, 2014, 11:01 pm

        Djinn, It struck me that your recent post illustrates extremely well the odd focus of concern here for the oppressed as related to Israel-Palestine, where the Palestinians of course are the oppressed. You said,” Stop claiming no-one here opposes the crimes of other nations … I boycott Indonesia because of their occupation of and crimes in West Papua, in response to the call of the West Papuan people…”

        Well, you may deserve the prize for the champion of the most-obscure- oppressed. However did you manage to narrow your work to just BDS-Israel and boycotting Indonesia? While there are some cheery reports in this thread of efforts to put Palestinian Arabs out of work by hoping that Soda Stream’s bubbles burst, I have not noticed that The Economist credits your work with a measurable impact on the GDP of Indonesia, not yet. Over 300 tribes, 200 to 700 languages across New Guinea, and I am terribly impressed they are organized and united enough to call on you for help! But what’s still a puzzle is, how did you choose these two among so many causes, all of the others more urgent?

        Do you boycott China as well, on behalf of the Tibetans and the Uighurs, both of which have been oppressed for long times and seek independence? Russia for the Chechens and Dagestanis, ditto? Iran for the oppressed Bahais? Myanmar for oppressed Muslims? Egypt for the oppressed Copts? The list could go on and on, once you open it to West Papua. And do you do this as a noble individual, or are there equally well- organized groups supporting all these other causes as is BDS Israel?

        Whatever accounts for the intensity of organized effort regarding Israel, which is far closer to the US and Western Europe (say) in democratic development, rights of women and all minorities, press freedom, right of assembly/association including unions, free elections, free markets, respect for law/rule of law, and other values most folk would assume are admirable? And which positive values (I do hope you agree they are both positive and present in Israel) are largely absent from, not only the list of oppressors above, but also very important parts (Hamas, PFLP, etc.) of the Palestinian Arab polity?

      • irishmoses
        January 15, 2014, 12:39 pm

        rightcoaster,

        The lack of reply buttons on many of your (and others’ responses) makes it difficult to cogently respond without cutting and pasting all of large sections of your specific posts. Thus, anybody reading my response will be scratching their heads about what specifically I’m responding to. So (to Mondoweiss Central):

        PLEASE FIX THE REPLY BUTTOM PROBLEM!

        A few quick points:

        1. At any given time there are at least 10 active MW threads with hundreds of replies. You are taking great delight in criticizing MW in general for a stupid remark about boobs by 1 specific poster who was criticized in great excess by another (both of whom normally provide articulate, reasoned, on topic responses). That’s a cheap shot by you that will not endear you to the solid core of MW posters who are very knowledgeable and from whom you can learn much if you willing to listen and observe a bit.

        2. While you are correct that there are greater sinners in the world than Israel, it still is a major bad actor when it comes to the Palestinians. Since you know MW is site for discussion of the I-P conflict, I question why you keep wanting to deflect the discussion to other bad actors. My suspicion is that you really don’t want to come to terms with and deal in any depth with Israel’s conduct so changing the subject is an easier and less threatening to your comfortable internal narrative about Israel’s history and conduct. That won’t work here and if you continue to deflect the subject you will soon find few willing to respond to you. So, stay on topic, make your case as factually and dispassionately as possible, and don’t take cheap shots.

        3. The bombast level of your comments has decreased significantly. That’s a good sign as is your qualified apology and explanation about your “Jew” references. Thank you for both.

        4. As to your question about what I (or other MW participants) would do if I/we were Israel’s prime minister to insure its security for the next 50 years, that’s a huge question to answer on a very limited thread. Who don’t you start by examining what various Israeli officials (including negotiators, former prime ministers, ex-Mossad and military chiefs) have said on the subject? There’s plenty written out there by real Israeli experts who say the settlements are/were a horrible idea, and that achieving a permanent and fair settlement with the Palestinians and Arab nations is far more critical to Israel’s security than continuing the current situation.

        5. You seem to want to attribute the lack of a permanent settlement solely to external causes. You ignore the political reality within Israel in which the Greater Israel adherents (Likud and its prodigy, if not most Israelis) make it impossible for any Israeli government to stay in power unless it approves and funds massive settlement increases and deflects, as much as possible, any external attempts by the US, Europe, and the UN, to secure a fair settlement.

        That’s all I have time for.

        TO MONDOWEISS CENTRAL: PLEASE FIX THE REPLY BUTTOM PROBLEM!

  4. ritzl
    January 12, 2014, 1:37 pm

    Jewish?? Somebody should ask her if that is why she (at this point knowingly) represents a company that operates on stolen land and with labor that has no options or recourse.

    If her “Jewishness” is not the reason, does she belong to a union? You bet she does. Does she wish to represent that others do NOT have that same right? Apparently.

    Look deeper, past your agent, Scarlett. Your box office appeal is at stake.

    • W.Jones
      January 14, 2014, 1:47 am

      She is in the Buzzfeed ranking of the prettiest, and yes she is pretty.
      link to buzzfeed.com
      Sarah Michelle Gellar? And here I thought Gwyneth Paltrow was a WASP.

  5. American
    January 12, 2014, 1:42 pm

    Dont know Johansson, never seen her movie(s).
    Dont know about ‘sultry’..picture looks like a police station mug shot of a slighty doped up …
    Did you do that on purpose annie?…LOL

    • Annie Robbins
      January 12, 2014, 1:51 pm

      i googled her by image and that one popped right up. i thought it was appropriate as opposed to her more wholesome look. but the first link in the first sentence offers another version of her image.

      • American
        January 12, 2014, 2:06 pm

        ” i thought it was appropriate as opposed to her more wholesome look. ..annie

        considering the side she chose to represent the slighty drugged and out of it look is very appropriate.

      • Ellen
        January 12, 2014, 3:49 pm

        Annie the photo IS fitting.

        She’s got a lot of silicone and not just in her breasts,which are soon to be hard as rocks, if not already. But in her face as well. She will not age beautifully.

        Sorry about that for her, but she is not too swift in the brain (silicone leakage?) and is clueless as to what she sells herself.

      • Woody Tanaka
        January 12, 2014, 4:39 pm

        That’s awful. Say what you want about her decision, but to attack this woman with insinuations that she’s gotten work done and generally attacking her looks is uncalled for.

      • Annie Robbins
        January 12, 2014, 5:25 pm

        i think she’s extremely attractive and i’ve respected her as an actress. this is just a very sad and unfortunate turn of events and i think in the long run it will permanently fracture her reputation. perhaps she lives so inside the bubble (no pun intended) she’s unaware of the damage she’s doing by lending her image for this apartheid entity. it certainly will not go unnoticed in europe and on college campuses all across this country. the younger generation won’t be forgetting this, for the rest of her life. she’s on the wrong side of history. to associate/brand herself with something so horrendous, it’s shameful.

        and who cares what she does to her body, that’s her business and of no concern to me. it’s her mind and morals that are deeply flawed. it’s something i won’t be able to forget. like alicia keyes, someone i once respected.

      • Woody Tanaka
        January 12, 2014, 5:37 pm

        Annie, I don’t disagree with you on substance. My only beef was with the idea of attacking this woman’s looks – especially on unseemly grounds concerning plastic surgery, etc., without any evidence – solely because she decided to be a spokesperson for this company.

      • Annie Robbins
        January 12, 2014, 5:47 pm

        yeah, it’s the kind of criticism women have to endure vs their male counterparts.

      • MHughes976
        January 12, 2014, 5:47 pm

        She does no more, I think, than reflect the current rather thoughtless consensus of western middle class people that Israel is basically a good thing. It’s only the teachers and students who are beginning to think otherwise. We are still the outsider minority in the West, a bit disreputable, up against the consensus of intelligent, sensible (not to mention beautiful) people. The road ahead is still long and hard.

      • Ellen
        January 12, 2014, 6:13 pm

        Woody, I understand your comment/reaction. Yet, I think there is a misreading. There is no “attacking” the woman/actress (she was wonderful in some films). But I found the photo revealing of much.

        It is the idea of compromising/endangering oneself and/ or body to sell oneself or an idea. That comes with risks. (Not to mention that it is bizarre that women in the west feel so insecure about themselves, this is common — and even with women who have so much natural beauty.)

        This is certainly not an attack on an attractive woman’s looks. And no, there is no insinuation of “work” done. I see it.

        The physical consequences and danger for young people years down the road are very significant. Just as the professional consequence of a respected actress now shilling for Soda Stream may be in the next years to come. That was the connection made.

        Sorry you read all this other stuff into it,but I guess I entered dangerous territory. Such is the internet.

        But like Just says below, she — through her agent — is for sale to the highest bidder.

      • Woody Tanaka
        January 12, 2014, 6:32 pm

        Bullshit, Ellen. Unless you are her doctor, you don’t know a damned thing and it’s complete cowardace of you to pretend that your vile insuations were me reading into what you’re saying. And none of the other justifications or excuses you give are any reason for you doing what you did.

      • Taxi
        January 13, 2014, 9:26 am

        Scarlet did have plastic surgery even though she denies it – the internet is full of pictures that show she’s had a nose and boob job.

        Nothing wrong with that – just saying.

        link to worldwideinterweb.com

      • Ellen
        January 13, 2014, 10:04 am

        My goodness. Ok, whatever you say Woody.

        As for knowing about and recognizing Plastic Surgery. Unfortunately I know MUCH more than I wish. (Most Plastic Surgery done in the world is reconstructive, after accidents, crushed limbs, burns, etc.)

        Nor do I judge it, right or wrong. One cannot. But only point out the future consequences. It is her choice for whatever reason!

        Interviews reveal her not to be too aware or reflective. She is an attractive woman who for some reason (professional pressure, insecurities, just because?) felt the need for cosmetic surgery. Identifying herself with soda stream will likely do as much damage to her career in the future as putting herself under the knife to change her looks will also likely cause future physical damage.

        As for my “vile insinuations.” That she had plastic surgery? That she will likely have significant physical consequences due to the type she has had? That is simply so. The reference to silicone leaking, affecting cognitive thought? Ok, not appropriate. I take that back.

      • Woody Tanaka
        January 13, 2014, 10:17 am

        “Scarlet did have plastic surgery even though she denies it – the internet is full of pictures that show she’s had a nose and boob job.”

        No, the internet is full of pictures that have been Photoshopped. Couple that with the natural variations in appearance all people have in their lives (and the fact that this woman’s been in the entertainment business since she was a pre-teen), and that more than explains this “oh my God she looks ever so slightly different in these two images” nonsense.

      • Woody Tanaka
        January 13, 2014, 10:23 am

        Ellen, you’re full of it. Again, are you her doctor? Then you don’t know jack squat from looking at a couple pictures.

        “Interviews reveal her not to be too aware or reflective.”

        They maybe you’re not reading the right interviews. The interviews I’ve read her give reveal her to be a very smart, aware and reflective person.

        “Identifying herself with soda stream will likely do as much damage to her career in the future as putting herself under the knife to change her looks will also likely cause future physical damage.”

        “As for my “vile insinuations.” That she had plastic surgery?”

        All of it. Because she’s endorsing a product you are opposed to politically, you slander her as an insecure, unaware and self-reflective phony, based on her looks. It’s bullshit to attack someone in that way, especially when she’s been forthright about not having had plastic surgery.

      • Taxi
        January 13, 2014, 11:59 am

        Woody,

        Did they photoshop a whole bunch of movies of her with smaller boobs and bigger nose too – cuz she most certainly had a larger nose and smaller boobs in a few movies.

        But seeing you’ve self-appointed yourself as an expert on plastic surgery and celebrities, I guess I’ll just leave it at that.

        And btw, you’re being a bit heavy-handed with your defense of your fantasy girl: Ellen did not deserve the left of center hostility you so horribly thrashed out at her.

        Relax, no one is asking you to pull down her pin-up from your bedroom wall.

      • Woody Tanaka
        January 13, 2014, 4:44 pm

        “Did they photoshop a whole bunch of movies of her with smaller boobs and bigger nose too – cuz she most certainly had a larger nose and smaller boobs in a few movies.”

        Really, Please. Go ahead and cite them.

        “And btw, you’re being a bit heavy-handed with your defense of your fantasy girl:”

        She’s not my fantasy girl. Attacking someone’s looks because you don’t like their politics is bad enough, but perhaps par for the course. Attacking a woman’s looks because they endorse a product you don’t like is low, low class.

        “Ellen did not deserve the left of center hostility you so horribly thrashed out at her.”

        Yes, she did. She deserved every bit of it because attacking a woman’s looks because she endorsed a product is horseshit.

        “Relax, no one is asking you to pull down her pin-up from your bedroom wall.”

        Grow up.

  6. ritzl
    January 12, 2014, 1:42 pm

    On Jewishness, Kerry proclaimed this out of the blue. I saw some minor actress on Craig Ferguson do the same. What’s up with that?

    Is the proclamation of being Jewish increasingly being presented, or assumed, as a cost of doing business or acceptability, generally?

    • puppies
      January 12, 2014, 1:59 pm

      @ritzl – On Ellis Island you used to change Chaimowitz to Madison, now it’s the other way round. Nothing changes.

      • ritzl
        January 14, 2014, 6:15 pm

        @puppies- Everyone wants to fit in and/or advantage themselves. Nothing does change. It’s not all bad or nefarious either.

        But it is a sign of supplication…in every instance.

      • puppies
        January 15, 2014, 4:48 am

        Not bad? You just wait for the pendulum to swing back, that’s when you’ll see “bad”. We are talking U, S, of A, not some civilized country.

    • Denis
      January 12, 2014, 2:15 pm

      ritzl, it’s the Jon Stewart effect. That guy just cannot shut up about it. He reminds people that he’s Jewish so often, he should just wear a yarmulke and quit with the I’m-a-Jew jokes already.

      When will we get to the point that religion is a personal matter and not a means for classifying or characterizing people?

      BTW, Johansson was on Stewart’s show last week. I have never seen more empty space between two ears in all my days. I had to shut it down after about 90 seconds. I’ll BDS that ninny w/ no loss of sleep at all. Giving up on the Coen boys was the hard one.

      • puppies
        January 12, 2014, 9:23 pm

        “When will we get to the that religion is a personal matter and not a means for classifying or characterizing people?’

        We really should nail it into our skulls once and for all: none of the people discussed here intend it as a religious characteristic. In fact, the huge majority have no religion at all. It’s purely racial. Of course there is no race involved but that’s how they see it.

    • just
      January 12, 2014, 3:13 pm

      I certainly don’t “get” it. It’s weird. It seems to be the new bona fides/cred. I was taught not to bring up religion or a lack thereof– that it was personal for everybody. It seems that some Jewish folks just want to hang out their shingle and stake their claim– wear it as a badge of courage/honor or something.

      Weird.

      As for Ms. Scarlett– she should be ashamed, but she probably isn’t. Seems the only way to get some folks to change their misguided ways is to hit them in the pocketbook. No more Johansson for me. A shame, though I only really liked her in “Lost in Translation”. Perhaps she is vacuous and uninformed, though that is no excuse.

      • just
        January 12, 2014, 4:27 pm

        from wiki:

        “Scarlett Johansson was born in New York City, New York on November 22, 1984.[8] Her father, Karsten Johansson, is a Danish-born architect originally from Copenhagen,[9] and her paternal grandfather, Ejner Johansson, was a screenwriter and director. Her mother, Melanie Sloan, a producer, comes from an Ashkenazi Jewish family from the Bronx.[10][11][12] Melanie’s ancestors emigrated to New York from Minsk, Tsarist Russia.[13] She has an older sister, Vanessa, also an actress; an older brother, Adrian; a twin brother, Hunter (who appeared with her in the film Manny & Lo);[14] and an older half-brother, Christian, from her father’s first marriage.[15]

        Johansson grew up in a household with “little money”,[16] and with a mother who was a “film buff”.[17] She and her brother, Hunter, attended P.S. 41 in the upper-middle-class Greenwich Village neighborhood, in Manhattan, for elementary school.[18] Johansson began her theatrical training by attending and graduating from Professional Children’s School in Manhattan in 2002.[19]”

        Her Mom must be proud of her little darling. Wonder what her Dad thinks…..btw, how does a person who grows up with “little money” manage to receive that education?

        also from wiki:

        “Johansson celebrates a “little of both” Christmas and Hanukkah,[173][174] and has described herself as Jewish.[9][175][176]”

        deep convictions there, eh?

        lastly:

        “Charity work

        Johansson is a Global Ambassador for the aid and development agency, Oxfam.[196] In March 2008, a UK-based bidder paid £20,000 on an eBay auction to benefit Oxfam, winning a hair and makeup treatment, a pair of tickets and a chauffered trip to accompany Johansson on a 20-minute date to the world premiere of He’s Just Not That into You.[197]”

        I guess she can add making money for the illegal settlers as her latest “charity work”. She’s for sale.

      • Woody Tanaka
        January 12, 2014, 4:41 pm

        “Her Mom must be proud of her little darling. Wonder what her Dad thinks”

        Considering that she’s one of the most well regarded actors of her generation, I’d imagine they’re tremendously proud of her, as all parents would be. Why even make this comment?

        “deep convictions there, eh?”

        That’s BS. Most every child I know of who has one Jewish and one Chrisian parent celebrates a little of both holidays. She’s a spokeswoman. Yes, for a bad, bad cause and a bad complany, but this is overboard.

      • just
        January 12, 2014, 5:49 pm

        I made that comment because she is supporting an evil & illegal co.

        And,no– it’s not BS. So sorry to have offended you, Woody. Thank you for your assessment.

        afaic– she’s for sale to the highest bidder, and I would not be proud of her action if she was my child. Ignorance of BDS is no excuse in this day or time.

      • Woody Tanaka
        January 12, 2014, 5:59 pm

        “And,no– it’s not BS. ”

        It’s absolutely BS. There is nothing even noteworthy about a child of different religions celebrating the holidays of both. And certainly nothing to justify an attack on someone’s convictions.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        January 12, 2014, 6:23 pm

        ” she’s one of the most well regarded actors of her generation, ”

        ‘Well-regarded’ by who? Teenage boys? She mostly plays eye candy roles and fails to convince even in them. We’re not looking at the next Cate Blanchett here – I doubt anyone will be talking about her a decade from now.

      • puppies
        January 12, 2014, 9:25 pm

        “That’s BS. Most every child I know of who has one Jewish and one Chrisian parent celebrates a little of both holidays.” Which ipso facto proves that it has nothing to do with religion. So it’s certainly not BS.

      • Woody Tanaka
        January 13, 2014, 10:30 am

        “‘Well-regarded’ by who?”

        By film critics, people in the film industry. From Lost in Translation through Her, she’s consistently gotten good reviews for her work even in disposable stuff like the comic book movies.

      • Cliff
        January 14, 2014, 6:27 pm

        Woody,

        She’s one of the most promoted actors of her generation. That’s the only objective statement you could make about her.

        Appraising her acting qualities is subjective within a certain range. She’s done nothing remarkable but has been in some good movies. Plenty of other actresses could have played her part in Lost In Translation – which was Bill Murray’s movie.

        Other than that, what else does she have? A generic sexy karate chick role in Avengers?

      • just
        January 12, 2014, 8:19 pm

        “Is the proclamation of being Jewish increasingly being presented, or assumed, as a cost of doing business or acceptability, generally?”

        Perhaps some folks thinks that it gives them ‘immunity’ from criticism of their wayward views, actions, etc.

        Sad.

  7. HarryLaw
    January 12, 2014, 2:58 pm

    It seems Soda Stream in the UK have wised up to the false labeling, previous carbonating devices on sale in my local ASDA store had “made in Israel on the label, however now the box just has a number of distributor/agents identified, on the one I saw it had an address in Cambridge UK. Under the Consumer Protection for Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 [CPUTR] Invitation to purchase 6[4] the following information will be material..
    4[c] the geographical address of the trader and the geographical address of any other trader on whose behalf the trader is acting. In my opinion this information is material, in fact crucial, to any prospective purchaser especially in view of the business guidance just released by the Foreign Secretary and published by the Department of Trade and Industry on its overseas business risk register. This state’s inter alia,
    ‘Firms must be aware of legal and economic risks in financial transactions and purchases benefiting Israeli settlements in the West Bank owing to disputed titles to land, water, mineral or other natural resources. And that those people contemplating economic or financial involvement should seek legal advice’.
    That purchase is directly benefiting the settlement enterprise. Clearly this advice is important for any prospective purchaser to know about, quite apart from the legislative requirements detailed above. Questions are now being raised to departmental stores about the “geographical or commercial origin of the product” as required by article 5[p] of the CPUTR 2008. The stores [in my opinion] should be obliged to answer, will they tell a lie “made in Israel” ? if they do they will be in breach of section 16 Trades Description Act 1968 which is…
    Section 16: Prohibition of importation of goods bearing false indication of origin.
    Where a false trade description is applied to any goods outside the United Kingdom and the false indication, or one of the false indications, given, or likely to be taken as given, thereby is an indication of the place of manufacture, production, processing or reconditioning of the goods or any part thereof the goods shall not be imported into the United Kingdom. So it would appear they should not be able to fool the consumer, whether they tell the truth or not. These matters are legally ongoing.

  8. DICKERSON3870
    January 12, 2014, 5:44 pm

    RE: “Sultry Scarlett Johansson is adding another image to her resume, as the new face of apartheid. She’s signed on with SodaStream, for its Super Bowl ad to be aired on February 2, launching off the corporation’s new worldwide advertising campaign with the sales pitch ‘better bubbles, made by you and Scarlett’.” ~ Annie Robbins

    SEE: “SodaStream is outside the mainstream”, By Jordan Ash, Daily Planet, 9/11/12

    [EXCERPTS] . . . SodaStream is an Israeli company with its main factory in the industrial park of Ma’aleh Adumim, the largest Israeli Jewish settlement in the West Bank. . .
    . . . SodaStream built its factory in the settlement in order to receive financial incentives from the Israeli government, and like all businesses in the settlements’ industrial parks, SodaStream qualifies for ongoing tax deductions.

    As with the Maquiladoras along the U.S.-Mexican border, the high unemployment rate means that many Palestinians are forced to try to earn a living through jobs in the settlements, despite the low pay and harsh working conditions.
    Palestinian workers in the settlements do not enjoy the full protection of Israeli labor laws. They must get special permits and security clearance just to be able to enter these factories. Involvement in a labor dispute constitutes a security risk and can result in the loss of not only a worker’s current job but their ability to work in settlements in the future. Thus, many Palestinian workers do not demand their legal employment rights due to fear of losing their work permit.
    At the SodaStream factory, when workers protested that they were being paid less than half of the minimum wage and were forced to work 12 hour days, they were fired. On another occasion, when workers who were fired and were still owed a month’s wages went to the factory to request their pay, SodaStream had them removed from the factory and banned from the entire industrial park.
    As with all business in the illegal settlements, SodaStream pays taxes to Israel, not to the Palestinian Authority. The municipal taxes that SodaStream pays are used exclusively to support the growth and development of the settlement through things such as roads, education, and sewage treatment. . .

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – link to tcdailyplanet.net

    • rightcoaster
      January 12, 2014, 11:54 pm

      I read the daily planet article, and it is at best misleading, at worst drivel. Consider this: “…As with the Maquiladoras along the U.S.-Mexican border, the high unemployment rate means that many Palestinians are forced to try to earn a living through jobs in the settlements, despite the low pay and harsh working conditions. …”
      Fact is that the GDP/capita in each and all of the maquiladora states is well above the GDP/capita for all MX. MX workers relocate willingly to those states because they earn more there than in the poorer southern states of MX. No Palestinian Arab is forced to work for Sodastream. To the contrary, Palestinian Arabs seek to work for Israeli companies because they can get a better economic result. Why don’t they work instead for Arab companies, if the pay is low and the working conditions harsh? The article fails the smell test.
      Futhermore, the saps who want the Sodastream plant in Maaleh Adumim closed may get their wish, thereby assuring that 160 Palestinians will no longer be exploited, because they will be totally out of work. Congratulations on a successful boycott action!

      From Haartez: “SodaStream setting up plant within Green Line
      Company’s CEO confirms new plant is being built within Green Line but that production in the West Bank plant – upon which 160 Palestinian families depend – may not cease.
      Mar. 3, 2011

      • Annie Robbins
        January 13, 2014, 10:04 am

        Palestinian Arabs seek to work for Israeli companies because they can get a better economic result.

        prison workers can’t be too choosy either. if someone stole your farm and the only work you could get was working for the thief i could say because you can get a better economic result unless you leave your country. i bet palestinian workers can even get more money building the settlements. it’s doesn’t mean it’s not degrading work.

      • rightcoaster
        January 13, 2014, 11:37 am

        First, what response do you have to the facts that contradict the portrayal of workers in the maquiladora states of Mexico, the portrayal used to elicit support for the workers at Soda Stream?

        Second: Prison workers? Do you really believe they are imprisoned, that the analogy has merit? Or is it just slovenly language indicative of slovenly thought process? Confirmation bias appears to have robbed you of your capacity for reason, your ability to sort out distortion from fact. But it feels good, so it’s hard to break that cycle.

        Are the Africans who cross the Sinai to get into Israel “prisoners”? How many Arab Palestinians are crossing the Sinai to get to Egypt? I know there are many Palestinian Arabs who are gastarbeiters elsewhere in the Arab world, but they do not have to cross the desert to do so; and are they treated so much like the citizens of the host country that their present and their futures are bright there? Are the Arabs who get to work west of the Green Line “prisoners”? Are all Arab workers employed in Israel or the settlements similarly prisoners?

        Is there no Palestinian economy in the West Bank, despite the billions in aid money to “refugees” and in support of the PA? Where does that money go? Do you ask and get answers, or do you just eat the pablum you are fed?

      • Cliff
        January 14, 2014, 6:30 pm

        To the contrary, Palestinian Arabs seek to work for Israeli companies because they can get a better economic result. Why don’t they work instead for Arab companies, if the pay is low and the working conditions harsh? The article fails the smell test.

        @hasbarat

        See Sara Roy’s, ‘The Gaza Strip: The Political Economy of De-Development’.

        Of course Israel has destroyed the Palestinian economy. You are so brazen to suggest otherwise. After 50 years of military occupation and apartheid, what did you expect?

      • rightcoaster
        January 15, 2014, 9:33 am

        Cliff: I read the review of the Roy book in Foreign Affairs, ‘way back in 1995. You are really reaching back. First, a little background from (of course) Wikipedia: ” … The Gaza Strip acquired its current northern and eastern boundaries at the cessation of fighting in the 1948 war, confirmed by the Israel-Egypt Armistice Agreement on 24 February 1949.[4] Article V of the Agreement declared that the demarcation line was not to be an international border. …”

        RC: Thus, there were parties at war with one another across the line of demarcation, from 1948 to 1967. This followed 500 years of Ottoman rule and mis-rule, and 30 years of Mandatory rule.

        “…At first Gaza Strip was officially administered by the All-Palestine Government, established by the Arab League in September 1948. All-Palestine in Gaza Strip was managed under the military authority of Egypt, functioning as puppet state, until it officially merged into United Arab Republic and dissolved in 1959. From the moment of the dissolution of the All-Palestine Government until 1967, the Gaza Strip was directly administered by an Egyptian military governor. Israel captured the Gaza Strip from Egypt in the Six-Day War in 1967. …”

        And from 1948 to 1967, it was run by Egypt. Except for the Morsi interval, as I recall the news, Egypt has not been friendly to the Gazans. Seems to me, and I think to any rational observer, that the starting point for Gaza’s economic “de-development” should be the state of development in 1967, and the ending point should be 2005.

        For ~45 years of the last 500, Israel was in charge as the legitimate occupying power. Ms Roy’s book covered perhaps the first 25 of those years; Israel somehow managed to dismantle 475 years of progress in just 25; very impressive, and perhaps would be more so if the Roy book had been funded, authored, and published more independently than by the Institute for Palestine Studies. I’d have looked at their website, but my malware refused to allow me to go there. Anyway, the parties are still at war with one another, and the present management of Gaza is sworn to the destruction of Israel.

        Without having read Roy’s now-obsoleted/ dated book, there should be a lot of objective evidence of the GDP/capita over time. I couldn’t find that readily, but here is a wonderful narrative explaining clearly how the Gazans have for the most part shot themselves in both feet, and been shot there and in other painful parts mostly by their fellow Palestinians and fellow-Arabs. link to en.wikipedia.org

        These bits of information are certainly available to the ideologues here, yet they are ignored, in favor of a simplistic victim-narrative that just does not wash. In addition to the Gazans having been and remaining quite clearly the victims of their own people to the largest extent by far, their government is legally and in every other way at war with Israel; they are run by deeply corrupt entities; Israel appears to be acting rather rationally under the circumstances; they are not legally at war with Egypt, yet Egypt is stomping on them.

        So, delusional world-view and obsession with Scarlett’s boobs triumph over sensible action by you to pressure both sides to make a deal, and result in the really stupid BDS. You brave souls cannot be shot for BDS — but what you really should be doing would risk you giving up your Starbucks cards and Whole Foods, not to mention your heads. In order for a deal to be possible, there must be a “deal space” created, and the Hamas government appears to have rejected any such possibility. So since you want peace for Gazans (West Bank is a bit separate, yet inseparable) you should go and pressure Hamas — pressure them to be honest with their people, and to make a permanent peace with Israel. Oops, not nearly as safe as BDS, is it?

        Same question of you as of the others: If you were PM of Israel, Cliff, how would you make a deal that would assure the security of your nation for the next fifty years? That’s your job, so man up, Mr. PM.
        This exercise in government and diplomacy has nothing to do with Zionism, or with Jews — consider North Korea and South, DMZ since 1953 — try that first as an exercise. That example is also of one side that is rational and wants to have a nation and a proper modern economy, having to deal with ideological and economic lunacy on the other side. Why does BDS side exclusively with the lunatics, except that it is safe and feel-good, a capital-C Cause?

      • Semiotic Observer
        January 15, 2014, 12:39 pm

        “… giving up your Starbucks cards …”

        How dare you?!! We go to Pete’s.

        You should change the c in your name to a b. It’s more fitting.

      • Cliff
        January 17, 2014, 9:55 am

        @rightobserver

        You did not address Sara Roy’s book. I will cite some passages from it later to be fair.

        Her book is not obsolete. It explains the Palestinian economy under Israeli occupation.

        Shir Hever (probably misspelling his name) has also written books on this subject I believe.

        Your entire comment is a delusional rant full of whataboutery and conjecture.

        The only sources you seem to cite are Wikipedia (automatic red flag).

  9. HarryLaw
    January 12, 2014, 6:19 pm

    For an in depth look at the Soda Stream Company, see Who Profits ‘A case study for corporate activity in illegal Israeli settlements’ here..link to whoprofits.org

    • adele
      January 13, 2014, 2:22 pm

      thanks for this link Harry, super helpful!

      • Annie Robbins
        January 13, 2014, 4:57 pm

        that link and others are available in the ” largest Israeli thefts of Palestinian land ” embed in the main text. it goes to code pink’s @stopsodastream site and is sort of a one stop shop for all the SS basics and then some.

  10. Citizen
    January 12, 2014, 6:59 pm

    Here it says, “she calls herself a ‘New York Jew.” link to jewornotjew.com

    I imagine anybody with any Jewish ancestor, no matter how remote, boasts about being Jewish if they work in Hollywood (or in any mainstream media or entertainment area, or in DC.”

    On that cable tv channel Who Do You Think You ARE? where each episode some celebrity is taken back to their ancestral roots, it pops up all the time with children of mixed marriages; they all say they consider themselves Jewish. There’s been a string of women like that on that show, e.g., Sarah Jessica Parker, Chelsea Handler, and Gwyenth Paltrow, inter alia.

    I doubt Ms Johansson has a clue about the reality of Israel.

  11. Gordon Hilgers
    January 12, 2014, 9:10 pm

    Can the Palestinians shake a plastic bottle and shoot Soda Stream at Israeli guards through the fence? It certainly would be nice if the extremists on both sides of this way-too-long-already dust-up would just shake hands and get real. If the “children of light” are battling the “children of darkness”, isn’t it really because the earth rotates and not because the same God to both sides approves of one but not the other?

    Seriously.

  12. Kathleen
    January 12, 2014, 10:31 pm

    Scarlett Johansson the new face of apartheid. This is going to stick

    • Annie Robbins
      January 13, 2014, 5:01 pm

      thanks kathleen. there’s also the scarlett letter factor. yep, it’s gonna stick. and nothing like the publicity around the superbowl to call attention to it also. it’s almost more than one could wish for in a strange exposure kinda way. really too bad it’s her. she’ll have the opportunity to think about this for a long time.

      • Kathleen
        January 13, 2014, 6:55 pm

        Yes indeed. She is going to get an earful

  13. Sycamores
    January 13, 2014, 3:51 pm

    Hi Annie Robbins,

    do you think Scarlett Johansson will regain any of sodastream losses from last year.

    [SodaStream shares are down by over 20% this morning after the home carbonator maker reported disappointing year-end figures.

    The Israeli firm said net income came in at $52.5 million, down from a previous estimate of $65 million, and fiscal year 2013 revenues of $562 million, down from a forecast of $567 million.]

    link to businessinsider.com

    • Kathleen
      January 13, 2014, 6:56 pm

      Good news. Keep up the pressure. Join the boycotts…protest at the stores that sell SodaStream

    • Ellen
      January 13, 2014, 7:40 pm

      do you think Scarlett Johansson will regain any of sodastream losses from last year.

      No. But it will not have anything to do with her. She has unfortunately attached her name and brand to an already sinking ship. Her agent should be fired.

      The stock is down almost 50% over the last month with an overall up market. World wide Christmas sales came in much lower than expected and lower than last year.

      More than being manufactured by an Israeli company operating in illegally occupied territories, I imagine (at least in the US) the real problem may be that this is a sort of fad product like carbonators of the 50 and 60s or the Vegimix or whatever they called it. The carbonator products seem to have cycles.

      This one did make it and looks to stick for a long time, and the entire value chain from manufacturing to retail sales is in one hand. Nespresso. Machines, however, manufactured very locally (Eugster/Frismag).

      The celebrity spokes person did not damage his brand.

    • W.Jones
      January 14, 2014, 1:41 am

      Who really needs a home carbonator anyway?

      I guess if your soda goes flat. But soda is pretty cheap, so why make your own?

      It’s a niche market.

      I am not dismissing the amazing ingenuity of The Project. However, it does not really seem like something earth shattering but rather junk that takes up space in a kitchen. OJ, Water, et. al. do not need to be carbonated, and carbonated drinks are cheap enough already.

      Why do I need to have this?

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