Rightwing Fox star Mike Huckabee’s promotion of SodaStream sounds a lot like Scarlett Johansson’s! In the first two minutes of the video above, he comes down on Oxfam for criticizing Johansson and says that her new corporate partner SodaStream operates not in a settlement but in an Israeli neighborhood in Judea.
What SodaStream is doing in those neighborhoods… hiring Palestinians at wages they’ve never had in their lives before…Palestinians and Jewish Israelis working side by side in a company without their political differences getting in the way.”
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.
More about Huckabee. Lately he went after Democrats for government funding of contraceptives and spoke of women’s “libido”:
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee accused Democrats Thursday of encouraging women to rely on the government for help in controlling their “libido” and said Republicans have been wrongly accused of waging a “war on women.”
“If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or reproductive system without the help of the government, so be it,” he said. “Let us take that discussion all across America.”
Huffpo is on the story, interviewing the Forward’s Jane Eisner, who says the paper hasn’t taken an official position. Why haven’t you taken a position? Alyona Minkovski of Huffpo asks. Because it’s “complicated,” Eisner says.
I haven’t quite sorted out all the competing claims. We are a small organization. I write all the editorials.. Honestly there’s a lot of confusion out there. There is question about the competing claims…. I’m not really sure where the truth lies right now. It’s a very complicated issue.
Eisner mentions the “harmonious workplace,” where Palestinians are paid well. Oh my god.
Even Minkovski says this is a product based on the blood of Palestinian children. Eisner:
This [is a] very fraught issue, which is debated a lot in our community.
“Personally,” Eisner says, she thinks the occupation is wrong. But she blames the Palestinian leadership in part for the “stalemate.” And SodaStream is offering 500 Palestinians jobs. A whole lot of people will lose their jobs if that factory closes. Maybe that’s the way to bring about a peaceful future, she says.
(See US history: Taxation without representation is tyranny.)
Also: The Forward was the leader of socialist Jewish life 100 years ago. And now it can’t figure out what it thinks about a military occupation by religious nationalist Jews.