Scarlett and Oxfam chat over Palestinian land loss

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“Sure, Oxfam. Let’s keep the dialogue going. What could happen?”(Graphic: Stephanie Westbrook @stephinrome)

I flipped last night when I opened the New York Times coverage of the SodaStream/Scarlett fiasco by Robert Mackey, Scarlett Johansson’s SodaStream Endorsement Deal Conflicts With Charity Work, Aid Group Says. Not one but two of Stephanie Westbrook’s (@stephinrome) fantastic SodaStream/Scarlett graphics, (as seen here and here). We met in Gaza ’09, a beautiful and amazing person, dedicated activist, one of the best.

We’re honored to publish her new SodaStream graphic. Thanks Stephanie!

In less exciting news, SodaStream stocks are as cheap as they have ever been today:

worst day ever

SodaStream stocks, worst day ever (Graphics: YCharts.com)

About Annie Robbins

Annie Robbins is Editor at Large for Mondoweiss, a mother, a human rights activist and a ceramic artist. She lives in the SF bay area. Follow her on Twitter @anniefofani
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  1. just says:

    Super news! Stephanie Westbrook is a decidedly bright artist!

    Thanks Annie!

  2. I’m sure there will be a post up here soon – Scarlett Johansson has issued a fairly brief, vague statement at Huffington Post:

    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’ale Adumim factory every working day. As part of my efforts as an Ambassador for Oxfam, I have witnessed first-hand that progress is made when communities join together and work alongside one another and feel proud of the outcome of that work in the quality of their product and work environment, in the pay they bring home to their families and in the benefits they equally receive.

    I believe in conscious consumerism and transparency and I trust that the consumer will make their own educated choice that is right for them. I stand behind the SodaStream product and am proud of the work that I have accomplished at Oxfam as an Ambassador for over 8 years. Even though it is a side effect of representing SodaStream, I am happy that light is being shed on this issue in hopes that a greater number of voices will contribute to the conversation of a peaceful two state solution in the near future.

    link to huffingtonpost.com

    • just says:

      Well.

      Well done (sort of), but what about the illegality (and exploitation of Palestinians) by SS on stolen Palestinian land?

      “I stand behind the SodaStream product”.

      BDS, Scarlett. It’ll set you free! And the “noise” will be the cheers of many people who will celebrate your devotion to peace, justice, and international law.

    • American says:

      Er….Scarlett…..your Israeli buddies have been stalling on that ‘peaceful & 2 State stuff’ your speechwriter made up for at least 2 xs longer than you’ve been alive honey.
      This girlie is a tool and a dud.

    • Daniel Rich says:

      Q: … I have witnessed first-hand that progress is made when communities join together and work alongside one another…

      R: Did she miss ‘The Butler?’

      • eljay says:

        >> I remain a supporter of economic cooperation and social interaction between a democratic Israel and Palestine.

        Great! So…where’s the democratic Israel? The only one that exists at this time is the oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and supremacist “Jewish State” of (Greater) Israel. Y’know, the one that’s doing everything in its power to prevent the emergence of a democratic Palestine.

    • if she thinks this “clears the air”, she’s got another thing comin’. stormy skies ahead for scarlett.

      sad.

    • Kathleen says:

      Huff Po is often part of the problem . Progressive when they feel like it. Could not get any links through about Codepink or End the Occupation petitions to Oxfam about the Soda Stream Scarlett issue. So now they do Scarlett a favor and put her spin oh this is all about a discussion a two state solution while I make some big dough being the new face of apartheid. What a bunch of hooey. Will try to put up the petitions again under this new post at Huff Po. Will see if they make it through this time.

      Either Oxfam stands by their statement and policy or not. Soda Stream is made in an illegal settlement on illegally occupied land. Period.
      “Oxfam respects the independence of our ambassadors. However Oxfam believes that businesses that operate in settlements further the ongoing poverty and denial of rights of the Palestinian communities that we work to support. Oxfam is opposed to all trade from Israeli settlements, which are illegal under international law.”

      Will they stand by this or not?

      • Hostage says:

        “Oxfam respects the independence of our ambassadors.

        The last time I checked, pillage was still a war crime under article 28 of the the Hague rules of 1907: “The pillage of a town or place, even when taken by assault, is prohibited.”

        U.S. citizens can be prosecuted under 18 U.S. Code § 2441 – War crimes if they are part of a joint criminal conspiracy, whether inside or outside the United States, to commit that particular crime.

        * James G. Stewart, Corporate War Crimes: Prosecuting the Pillage of Natural Resources link to opensocietyfoundations.org
        * Corporate War Crimes [Trials] Begin link to opiniojuris.org

        • Kathleen says:

          Some prosecuting to do.

          • Hostage says:

            Some prosecuting to do.

            I doubt that will happen under Eric Holder, but there is no statute of limitations. Even the New York Times has addressed the issue, e.g. Punish Companies That Pillage link to nytimes.com

            There are other countries where victims can get arrest warrants issued against Sodastream executives for this offense and Johansson could end up forfeiting any assets or proceeds of a crime right here in the USA in any event. In Sosa v. Alvarez-Machain the Supreme Court held that the Alien Tort Statute doesn’t create a cause of action for violations of the law of nations, the common law does. Victims can pursue common law claims in any state court, e.g. link to opiniojuris.org

    • Sibiriak says:

      [Scarlett:]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’ale Adumim factory every working day.

      Equal pay, equal rights–that’s fine and dandy, but what about international law and the illegality of the settelments?

      Ma’ale Adumim is the largest settlement bloc that effectively bisects the West Bank and, along with other settlements, turns the ideal of a viable, fully sovereign Palestinian state into an apartheid-like string of Bantustans.

      • LeaNder says:

        Sibiriak, strictly the equal pay argument will work on many. In spite of Hostage’s basic legal hint, I would like to know more about PR versus reality in this context, admittedly.

        Electronic intifada has an interesting article on the larger PR campaign context.

        I don’t quite get Annie’s allusion to Alex Bugusky Ok, I understand he is creative consultant for the ads. The agency behind it seems to be humanaut.is

      • Kathleen says:

        Do Palestinians have to go through check points to get into the illegal Ma’Ale Adumin Soda Stream factory to work? Anyone know how many Palestinians work in the factory compared to Israeli’s?

      • LeaNder says:

        I actually wanted to quote this, but forgot:

        While M. confirmed Palestinian workers are currently paid “three or four times the salary we can get at the Palestinian Authority” — not the four to five times more mentioned in the video — this only came about following workers’ struggles and protests in which many lost their jobs, the intervention of Kav LaOved and negative publicity in Europe, as documented by the group Who Profits from the Occupation? in a report on SodaStream (“SodaStream: A case study for corporate activity in illegal Israeli settlements,” January 2011 [PDF]).

        • Djinn says:

          It was a seven year fight and many Israeli factories still do not pay equally. Interestingly the Israeli government argued that Palestinians working on settlements shouldn’t receive equal pay because they weren’t working in Israel. All things considered it was an odd argument.

    • Oh my God now she really shows she have no idea what she is talking about.

      That Sodastream helps peace is sickening comment. Seriously Oxfam, kick her out!

    • Talkback says:

      Imagine she was talking about a famous German company in occupied territories.

      • Citizen says:

        IG Farben Trial was the second of three trials of leading industrialists of Nazi Germany for their conduct during the Nazi regime. (The two other industrialist trials were the Flick Trial and the Krupp Trial.)

    • pabelmont says:

      She’s confused. let’s help her.

      Sure, any company operating illegally on occupied land must find workers. they either import workers (expensive) or use workers from the occupied community (you’re kidding!) or else use local workers, the “protected persons” who are supposed to be free of illegal practices of occupation such as settle4rs and settlements on confiscated land.

      So, yes, one is not surprised if there are Palestinian workers at SodaStream, And, yes, it is nice to have a job. But SodaStream as an industry is present in OPTs illegally.

      Furthermore, the USA is in a political sense, also “occupied territory”, because Israel has controlled American politics (as to the Middle East anyhow) since 1967. So you, yourself, dear, are ALSO a member of an occupied people (as all us Americans are!), and you are working for SodaStream in much the same way the Palestinians are — but presumably for higher wages.

      So, dear, now that you are clear on this, cut your ties to SodaStrea, and do it publicly. Thank you, dear.

      • HarryLaw says:

        pabalmont @ “But SodaStream as an industry is present in OPTs illegally.” I agree, but when put like that, does not mean a great deal, [like driving 5 kilometers over the speed limit is illegal] what Johansson has to understand is that this settlement enterprise is considered a grave war crime both by the Geneva conventions, now incorporated in the ICC Rome statute. Here is part of the case presented to the court in Bil’in Village v Green Park International which indicates the grave nature and implications of this crime. Under international law, it so happens that a breach of Article 49(6) of the Fourth Geneva Convention is classified as a war crime. The term “war crime” has no clear, universally accepted definition, but essentially war crimes are those violations of the laws of war so grave that they have been specially designated by the international community as an extraordinary class of offence whose reprehensible nature would “shock the conscience of all right-thinking people” (to use the words of Cory J. in R. v. Finta, [1994] 1 S.C.R. 701). Laws against war crimes are generally aimed at atrocities against civilians, prisoners of war, and other non-combatants.

        A war crime, to put it succinctly, is a very serious matter. Further, it is easy to see why the offence in question falls into this special category. Article 49(6) is essentially a law to prevent colonialism. One need look no further than the current condition of the indigenous peoples whose domain once spanned the entire expansive breadth of this continent to appreciate the gravity of the consequences territorial dispossession can inflict upon a population. Most war crimes deal with offences against individuals or groups of individuals, but the offence in Article 49(6) is one that threatens the integrity of an entire people. It clearly qualifies as an exceptional offence of higher order that is of grave concern to the global community as a whole.

    • talknic says:

      Notice on Huffpo how one MUST now have a facebook account to post comments?

      What if one doesn’t want a stupid facebook account?

    • Giles says:

      Someone ought to ask her who wrote “her” statement.

    • Shmuel says:

      As part of my efforts as an Ambassador for Oxfam, I have witnessed first-hand that progress is made when communities join together and work alongside one another and feel proud of the outcome of that work in the quality of their product and work environment, in the pay they bring home to their families and in the benefits they equally receive.

      Is that really what’s happening in Mishor Adumim? The “communities” have not “joined together” in any way shape or form, and the word “equally” is a mockery in this context.

      The Soda Stream plant in Mishor Adumim is located in an industrial zone on occupied land, unilaterally (and illegally) established and managed by Israelis. Resources are taken from Palestinians without compensation, taxes are determined by and paid to Israel, and the lion’s share of the profits go to the company’s Israeli controlling shareholders.

      Yes, Soda Stream employs Palestinians whose treatment would appear to have improved somewhat in recent years, but the employer-employee relationship — particularly in a context of occupation and extreme inequality between Israelis and Palestinians even within the same territory — cannot possibly be described as “joining together”, “working alongside one another” or “receiving equal benefits”. Unless of course, one is reading from a corporate blurb of the kind that likes to refer to the company as a “family” (at least this blurb avoided that particular PR cliché).

      How many jobs and livelihoods have been destroyed by the very same system of occupation and colonisation that now boasts the employment of a fraction of the impoverished, desperate and captive Palestinian workforce? Exploitation, whether of the colonialist or the neo-colonialist variety is not cooperation, and the only “progress” it can lead to is the deepening of control, dependence and inequality. To suggest otherwise is simply dishonest.

      • Ron Edwards says:

        I will paraphrase this but with rudeness. “Why, our coloreds just love working here, we’re one happy family. Maisie! Maisie, get on out here, and tell these folks how much you loooove workin’ in this house. See that? Git on back home and tell your friends, we don’t have any of those problems y’all keep talkin’ about.”

        With the addendum that the southern white U.S. accent does not hold any special ownership over this attitude and tactic.

  3. Jan says:

    KQED, the San Francisco NPR station is having their fund raiser. Among the gifts being offered to contributers was SodaStream.

    Obviously enough listeners were offended and called the station to protest. When I phoned I was told that due to the number of calls KQED was no longer giving SodaStream as a premium.

    Way to go!

  4. a blah chick says:

    “I have witnessed first-hand that progress is made when communities join together and work alongside one another and feel proud of the outcome of that work in the quality of their product and work environment, in the pay they bring home to their families and in the benefits they equally receive.”

    And she knows that because she has PERSONALLY spoken to Palestinians who have told her how happy they are in the quality of their work and the pay they bring home. Well, except for the ones that got fired for trying to start a union.

    • Susan A says:

      And I read somewhere that they’ve been known to be fired for being off sick AND being removed from the premises when they tried to collect pay that was owed to them. I thought it was in this old article: link to palestinechronicle.com but it isn’t, although it’s very good. It was probably in a Corporate Watch article as they did a lot of on the ground investigations last year and also in Gaza. I too met Stephanie in London, albeit very briefly and she wouldn’t remember me, but I thought she was lovely too!

      • Susan A says:

        All these graphics which are being produced are brilliant and at least more people are beginning to learn about SodaStream and its fraudulent claim of hewing ‘Made in Israel’, which is doubly illegal!

    • kalithea says:

      She should especially talk (with a promise of anonymity of course) to the ones who are forced to build settlements on land that should be theirs to feed their families. Because right there is another injustice of the land grab and endless occupation. Let’s call it the cheap labor “occupation economy”. Oh yeah, Palestinians are jumping with joy!

  5. Blownaway says:

    Per the article. Imagine if 250 million in exports made outside the internationally recognized borders were to go away….anyone think that won’t go a long way towards motivation for a proper peaceful resolution? BDS is a solution not a problem

  6. KQED Radio has just announced they will no longer use SodaStream products as gifts to donors:

    After careful consideration, KQED is pulling SodaStream from its pledge thank you gift offer. The decision to provide SodaStream to our members was based on the product’s positive impact on the environment, an issue near and dear to the hearts of our members and part of KQED’s commitment to sustainability. However, the controversy surrounding SodaStream would undermine the spirit of our impartiality and unbiased mission, therefore the product will no longer be offered as a thank you gift to our members.

    EI is covering it:

    link to electronicintifada.net

  7. puppies says:

    ” I stand behind the SodaStream product and am proud of the work that I have accomplished at Oxfam as an Ambassador for over 8 years”

    Now she’s really asking for a spanking by Oxfam.

  8. bijou says:

    neighbors working alongside each other, receiving equal pay, equal benefits and equal rights.

    Wow, rarely have I read anything more delusional. She really has no idea what she is talking about now does she???

    Here, maybe she should read this for starters.

  9. Sycamores says:

    as i see it the biggest failure here is Oxfam, they cave in.

    as Annie Robbins pointred out earlier

    You may remember that [Kristin] Davis’s role as an “Oxfam Ambassador” was threatened by her association with Ahava cosmetics, also based in the occupied territories. In the end Davis stayed with Oxfam after severing ties with Ahava.

    so why hasn’t SS been given the same ultimation?

  10. kalithea says:

    There’s just one word apt to describe Scarlett’s statement: D E L U S I O N A L

    My response to her: Go visit a Palestinian refugee camp dimwit!

  11. kalithea says:

    If that statement fails to fool as it’s intended to, I won’t be at all surprised if lil’ol’ Scarlett ends up using her friend Woody’s excuse for blatantly and shamelessly supporting the illegal, pariah state that persecutes the occupied and steals their land and regularly breaches the Geneva Conventions.

    Watch for her to state that as a Jew, she feels intimidated by all the criticism since becoming the SodaStream bubblehead and attributes it to a rise in anti-Semitism therefore justifying strong support for the Zionist Apartheid State because it just can’t be that promoting a product of settlement expansion, capitalizing on it and associating oneself with a TOOL OF OPPRESSION deserves every bit of that criticism and ridicule.

    Oh and that statement of hers reminds me of an old wise saying: Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to express yourself and remove all doubt. I tweeked it a little to fit the circumstances, but you get the drift…that statement confirms her ignorance.

  12. RE: “Scarlett and Oxfam chat over Palestinian land loss”

    • From: Ramah Kudaimi, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
    • Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 1:00 PM
    • To: DICKERSON
    • Subject: Scarlett Johansson: Don’t Be the Face of Occupation!

    Urge Oxfam Global Ambassador to End Support for SodaStream

    Dear John,

    On January 10, 2014, occupation profiteer SodaStream announced that Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson had become their first-ever Global Brand Ambassador. Her first act in her role will be starring in SodaStream’s Super Bowl ad, which will be aired during the game’s fourth quarter on February 2.

    Scarlett happens to be an Oxfam Global Ambassador, a role that includes a responsibility to “push forward the fight against poverty and injustice.”

    Sign our petition to Scarlett: Don’t Be the Face of Occupation!

    TO SIGN PETITION - link to org.salsalabs.com

    • Walid says:

      Oxfam’s Annual Report (Section 3 on Economic Justice) devotes a section to its campaign against “Land Grabs” (on pages 1,51 to 1.81). Countries targeted last year by Oxfam were Guatemala, Colombia and the Philippines. Oxfam says”

      “… Land grabs – where land is sold off without fair treatment or compensation
      can be a major contributor to food insecurity. Whole communities have been evicted, sometimes forcibly, from land that they have farmed for generations… ”

      It’s ironic that Oxfam would allow one of its Global Ambassadors to represent a company that’s itself involved in a “land grab”. Hard to understand Oxfam on this one. Other than this abnormality, Oxfam’s report is quite impressive.

      Oxfam’s Annual Report for 2012-2013:

      link to oxfam.org

  13. Good work Annie again on these posts.

    Oxfam must get rid of Scarlett Johansson who support Sodastream that are part of the annexation regime.

  14. AbeBird says:

    Scarlett is a brave and wise lady.

  15. shachalnur says:

    Did anybody notice that 80% of Scarlett’s explanation is how good Sodastream is for Palestinians.

    It looks like pushing Sodastream and representing Oxfam are more or less the same,helping the poor and stimulating cooperation between people.

    She seems to be saying that if Sodastream wouldn’t have been situated in occupied land,it wouldn’t have had her support.

    This declaration was written entirely by Sodastream ,and I won’t expect her taking any questions on this subject.

    And ofcourse that Sodasteam syrups are “healthy”,like feeding Fluoridated tapwater mixed with Sucralose,Acesulfame Potassium and sodium benzoate to your kids is a good idea.

    • SodaStream drinks are “sparking skunk-water ” manufactured on stolen land.

    • shachalnur says:

      Since this statement is clearly connecting Scarlett’s Oxfam activities(helping the victims) and Sodastream(Model Factory for “victims”) this strategy/propaganda might backfire badly.

      “As part of my efforts as an ambassador of Oxfam,I have witnessed first-hand that progress is made when………we are nice to the victims,locked up in closed areas(ghetto’s),where we create minimal living conditions that will make them resign themselves to their predicament…..And that makes us the good guys.”

      Isn’t this more or less the same reasoning used when “Theresienstadt” was adapted to become a ghetto and a “Model Jewish settlement” to the outside world in 1941?

      It’s a reasoning that works through the ages,I suppose.

    • Talkback says:

      Did anybody notice that 80% of Scarlett’s explanation is how good Sodastream is for Palestinians.

      That’s her job as Apartheid Ambassador.

  16. Sycamores says:

    this open letter sums it up

    Open Letter to Oxfam CEO Mark Goldring re Scarlett Johannson & SodaStream

    link to todayingaza.wordpress.com

    Is an ethics-deficient Hollywood actress really worth so much more than the years of goodwill, assistance and hard work Oxfam has achieved to date, and with good judgement and good leadership, could continue to achieve?

    Every minute that Oxfam prevaricates on this issue causes more damage to Palestinians, to Oxfam, and to the people it was designed to help – the poor, not transnational companies contravening international law, and exploiting Palestinians for commercial profit.

  17. pabelmont says:

    Why, exactly, is SodaStream located in OPT? Do they “mine” natural resources there? Are they subsidized by the Israeli government there? Is it just for smaller labor costs (includig denying unions and wages unpaid, if any)? What would happen to them if (and WHEN) they move back to Israel?

    One answer is this: if and when, they will then become part of the general Israeli export community — all of which (I dearly hope) will soon fall under boycott.

    BTW, I used to think that boycotts had to be applied gradually and under a VERY CLEAR STATEMENT of the conditions under which the boycotts would be lifted. I still do. But it seems that the EU boycotts are rather helter-skelter and are nevertheless making a big impact (emotionally) on Israelis.

    However, these boycotts have not been associated (as far as I am aware) with a CLEAR STATEMENT of the conditions under which the boycotts would be lifted. I’d really like the EU to enumerate their conditions for lifting their various boycotts (although permanent and unspecified-ending boycotts have their charm, too, but are dangerous because they coulkd be lifted after only a SMALL bit of progress.)

    The minimum conditions for lifting boycotts should be tied to international legality — at least, therefore, a requirement that Israel remove from all occupied territories (West Bank including East Jerusalem, Golan Heights) of all settlers, the wall, and all settlement buildings (residential, industrial, educational, social) — the latter to be demolished or dismantled and removed from OT; and restoration to owners of all confiscated land. Be nice to demand a lifting of the siege on Gaza and equitable sharing of water and recent oil-and-gas discoveries and cleanup of all dumping (sewage, toxics, trash, nuclear ??) in OTs.

    • puppies says:

      @pabelmont – A clear statement on when the boycott is to be lifted is not a good idea. This is a general movement including all supporters of Palestinians against occupation. Meaning that the desired objectives are practically all over the place. There are all these “liberal Zionists” and “non-Zionists” trying to extend the life of Zionism, as well as a lot who limit their request to pulling out of the Green Line, some who focus on 1948 conquest borders, but also quite many (and in Palestine and generally East, a huge majority!) who are not really concerned with the Green Line but either with the Partition Declaration itself, or even the start of Zionist invasion.
      Also, a deal for an independent and sovereign Palestine is to be considered. Sovereignty is sometimes defined as its exact opposite not only by official Zionism but also by “non”-Zionists within the Solidarity movement.
      So the idea is: apply the boycott to the utmost of our abilities; we’ll sort it out according to the results. If a large number of people are satisfied by some meaningless sop, then the movement will collapse and Zionists win. If a minority doggedly continues when conditions have become acceptable to an overwelming majority of Palestinians, as certified by an independent, sovereign body, then that minority won’t have a chance either.

  18. Eva Smagacz says:

    I am sooooo printing that graphic and sending it to:

    Supporter Relations, Oxfam GB, Oxfam House, John Smith Drive, Oxford, OX4 2JY

  19. Kathleen says:

    So Huff Po gets involved by putting up Scarlett the new face of occupations spin up at their site but have not let my comment through on their thread

    “Oxfam “”However Oxfam believes that businesses that operate in settlements further the ongoing poverty and denial of rights of the Palestinian communities that we work to support. Oxfam is opposed to all trade from Israeli settlements, which are illegal under international law.”

    So now we will see if Oxfam means what they say and allow Scarlett the new face of occupation for Soda Stream to step down or let her go.:
    link to huffingtonpost.com
    ——————————————————————————————-

    Huffington Post will never allow any criticisms of Hillary Clinton up at their site. Never ever. Huff Po and MSNBC are looking and sounding like Fox News more and more every day. Just the other edge of the spectrum. Both outlets have tried and convicted Chris Christie and buried his body before all of the evidence is in. This is one of the first days that Chris Christies face and body have not been plastered all over that site. Yet neither outlet have whispered about the recent Benghazi report “could have been prevented” because it might taint their chosen…..Hillary Clinton

  20. Kathleen says:

    The comments that have made it up on the Huff Po thread with Scarlett/Soda Stream spin are quite good. Mine has yet to make it up..not sure why. Hope others leave comments. Remember millions read the USA Today of websites/blogs Huff Po. Great place to try to get up links to Mondo etc.

    Leave a comment about Scarlett being the new face for occupation link to huffingtonpost.com

    • amigo says:

      Kathleen , thanks for the hufpo link.

      I was amazed to find Susan Sarandon was the previous face of apartheid.

      It,s amazing how blind these people can be. Tim Robbins and her are highly intelligent people.How could they not know.She certainly went way down in my view.

  21. Kathleen says:

    Looking for something that shows us how Palestinians who work in the Soda Stream factory in an illegal settlement get to work on their own land. How many checkpoints they have to go though etc.

    link to gizmodo.com

    “In Area C of the West Bank, where the SodaStream factory is located, any sort of development is prohibited without a permit from the Israeli military authority. Permits that, of course, are rarely granted, which futher compounds the issue. So while SodaStream (and companies like it—keep in mind they’re not the only ones taking advantage of the labor opportunity) is indeed granting jobs to people whose only other options might be even less palatable—and despite its apolitical claims—opponents argue that it is being fully complicit in the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land. According to Merryman-Lotze:

    By choosing to locate its factory in a settlement, SodaStream has chosen to support the settlement enterprise and the occupation. The taxes the factory pays do not go to benefit Palestinian workers. Rather they go to the Israeli government and the Ma’aleh Adumim Municipality where they are used to support the growth and development of the settlement and to sustain the occupation.

    What’s more, the Palestinian population at large doesn’t accept the rationale that giving Palestinians jobs makes up for SodaStream’s complicity in the occupation. In an email to Gizmodo, a BDS spokesperson wrote:

    It is obscene for SodaStream to suggest that giving Palestinians jobs in a factory on land that has been stolen from them somehow makes up for its active participation in Israel’s violations of international law. Palestinian civil society rejects any suggestion that the reality that Palestinians are sometimes left with no choice but to work in illegal Israeli settlements is a reason not to take action to end international complicity in human rights violations.”

    Great piece to read

  22. I would advice people here to email Oxfam and complain.

  23. Sycamores says:

    Blubbern macht frei or is it Arbeit macht frei both are apt slogans for SS

  24. Denis says:

    Talk about a work of art, did you see this ToI piece on the fiasco?
    link to timesofisrael.com

    Get this: the rationale for the SODA plant being where it is . . . (wait for it) . . .

    the factory’s location is in an area which [sic] will likely be incorporated into Israel in any future deal.

    Well . . . sure, that makes it OK then. And the reason the land will be incorporated into Israel?? Well, because the factory is there. Round and ‘round we go on the tautological merry-go-round of GoI “logic.” Must be driving Abbas and Kerry nuts by now.

    ToI also raises the precedent of Oxfam booting ambassador Kristin Davis for endorsing Ahava, an Israeli company operating in the WB. Apparently Ahava digs up and packages Dead Sea mud and sells it to rich Zionist women in NYC and London who are deluded enough to think that putting Dead Sea mud on their face will soften their Jay Leno jawline. It looks like Ahava is privately held – would have been interesting to see what long-term effect Oxfam/BDS had their stock price.

    Here is Alex’s Nov2012 MW piece on Ahava.
    link to mondoweiss.net

    Oxfam booting SJ would sure be a bonus for BDS. But not nearly as helpful as tens of millions of football-loving Americans (who couldn’t find Palestine on a globe if it were circled in red) looking at the SODA commercial next Sunday and saying “Look at that chick’s jawline!! She could use some Dead Sea mud on that. What’s the deal with that boycott, anyway?”

    Raising consciousness – even in the Velveeta/nachos crowd – is what BDS is all about.

    • Citizen says:

      I predict Scarlett’s ad on Superbowl day will be loved by the audience, and Sodastream will increase its fad profit sales substantially. 99.9% of the audience will never even hear of BDS in their lifetime. I mean, look at the cartoon characters that account for insurance sales.

  25. The mere fact Jews illegally live in parts of the West Bank does not mean, in itself, that such areas are “lost” to Palestine.

    Granted, fanatical Zionists would like to keep those areas, and add them to Israel.