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Adam retweeted this arresting poster from the Israel Project, a rightwing Israel lobby group that has now started a campaign to thank Johansson for standing up to the anti-Israel bullies by quitting her work for a global antihunger organization. I don’t think it works. (But then, there are a few things I’m not willing to do for Middle East peace.)

Johansson in The Israel Project ad

Johansson in The Israel Project ad

I’d suggest a caption contest, but most of them would surely be unprintable. I defer to Mairav Zsonzein:

 

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  1. Henry Norr
    Henry Norr
    February 2, 2014, 3:23 pm

    Meanwhile, speaking of grossouts, SodaStream CEO Daniel Birnbaum is now accusing Oxfam of funding the BDS movement! From Haaretz:

    SodaStream CEO Daniel Birnbaum on Sunday accused Oxfam of providing funding to the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) campaign against Israel and said that an invitation he recently issued to the president of the organization to visit the company’s West Bank factory had been “ignored.”

    “Unsurprisingly, Oxfam has joined the BDS in this movement [to close down the West Bank factory],” said Birnbaum. “I’m saying unsurprisingly because we found out that some of the Oxfam branches have been donating funds to the BDS, and this money is used to demonize and attack Israel.” Birnbaum was speaking on a conference call organized by The Israel Project, a U.S.-based pro-Israel advocacy group.

    Oxfam’s replies are pretty good. In my book they’re redeeming themselves after their wishy-washy initial responses:

    Asked to respond to the accusation, a regional spokesman for Oxfam, the international anti-poverty organization, told Haaretz: “No, we don’t provide financial support to the BDS campaign or fund activities that call for a boycott of Israel. Oxfam is not opposed to trade with Israel, and we don’t support a boycott of Israel or any other country. However, we do oppose trade with Israeli settlements in the West Bank.”

    In response to this charge, the Oxfam spokesman said: “Oxfam wants to see a just and lasting agreement that allows Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace and security. We support a two-state solution, and we believe that settlements in the West Bank are an obstacle to achieving that peace. Any company located in the settlements contributes to their viability and legitimizes them. This is not about labor practices or Sodastream in particular, but the bigger issue of settlements, which continue to take land and resources from Palestinian communities that we work with. Some Palestinians in the West Bank do find work in Israeli settlements, but this is often because they are restricted from pursuing other livelihoods and have little other choice. For example, Oxfam works in Palestinian farming communities – they have lost much of their land to settlements and they are rarely allowed to build new wells or get enough water. Unable to make a living, their only option is often found in settlement factories and farms, which receive government tax breaks, support, and don’t face any of the restrictions on building and development that Palestinian communities nearby do.”

    Other tidbits about the SS business:

    Asked whether the recent publicity about its West Bank operations could affect sales and earnings, Birnbaum responded: “We believe at SodaStream that we have never lost a single customer to the boycott, and we’ve been dealing with the boycott for five years or more. Whenever there was an issue in any country where a retailer wanted clarification about the legitimacy of what’s going on at the factory, we invited that retailer to come to see for herself or himself. And every single time, we converted the retailer who started as an adversary – we converted them into an ambassador. I’m convinced that any well-intending individual who truly cares about peace and humanity, who sees the work that’s going on in this factory, will become a partner, will join what we’re doing and embrace the idea of cooperation, and stop this obsession about occupation.”

    Asked about recent layoffs of Palestinians at the West Bank factory, Birnbaum said they were connected to a seasonal downturn in orders. “It wasn’t only Palestinians who were laid off,” he said. “We have a seasonal business. This is a low time for our production, and hopefully, we’ll be able to re-employ them in the next few months. But it has nothing to do with calls for a boycott or anything like that.”

    • Shmuel
      Shmuel
      February 2, 2014, 5:47 pm

      this obsession about occupation.

      Yeah, we’re busy trying to sell bubbles over here. A little sense of proportion, please.

      • Citizen
        Citizen
        February 3, 2014, 6:00 am

        perfect reply

      • K Renner
        K Renner
        February 3, 2014, 7:53 am

        Sort of undoes all that rubbish about “anyone who cares about peace or humanity” that he pulled out of his butt just prior to saying “the occupation of the West Bank isn’t an issue and people are “obsessing” over it (because anti Semitism!)”

        I can’t get over the Israeli fixation with accusing people who are opposed to or criticize anything they do of “being against peace and lacking humanity”. It’s a good indicator that all that Israeli whining about “why can’t we have dialogue” is worth exactly nothing.

    • Kathleen
      Kathleen
      February 2, 2014, 10:09 pm

      Classy and on point response from Oxfam. ScarJo and Birnbaum keep trying to sleaze it up. Mis information, total spin. Going and staying low, dark side.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        February 3, 2014, 12:46 am

        Her top says it all. Suggest a bit of tit and get the dopamine working so everyone will forget about the torture.

        Any chance of a feminist critique of this campaign ?

      • Citizen
        Citizen
        February 3, 2014, 6:02 am

        so does her bleached hair & trendy tattoo

      • K Renner
        K Renner
        February 3, 2014, 7:58 am

        >> Any chance of a feminist critique of this campaign ?

        That’s kind of a waste of time, don’t you think?

        I mean, there’s enough to actually criticize in regard to this TIP campaign that’s based in reality, as opposed to some whining about poor wittle baby Scarlett being “taken advantage of” or “objectified” by the nasty supporters of “patriarchy” and good god good god that’s the very worst disgusting thing about this entire scenario. Not anything that matters, but that the poor little girl is being “objectified” by some picture.

      • bintbiba
        bintbiba
        February 3, 2014, 9:20 am

        Yes… I am a 78 yr old woman, too old to worry about certain aspects. But I really don’t think baring all (or much of) contributes more to the ‘sexy’ effect.
        If she had any ‘class’, she’d be more careful about her image as an artist and/or humanitarian.
        I do not say this in any social strata or religious context… as I am a non-believer.

        And Seafoid, I love your plainspeak!! Very refreshing. N.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        February 3, 2014, 9:36 am

        No class. Khalaas.
        I think it’s sad that she can’t make her point without degrading herself.
        Or maybe that is the point. The pointlessness.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        February 3, 2014, 9:39 am

        It’s the noor al ain that matters.
        But I guess it’s very hard in showbiz to retain any honesty.

      • Kathleen
        Kathleen
        February 3, 2014, 9:25 am

        “suggest a bit of tit and get the dopamine working ” totally what this campaign is about. ScarJo clearly about the money. No integrity what so ever. One would have thought Scar Jo and Birnbaum would have just walked and shut up. But no Birnbaum now trying to smear Oxfam. Only making him look more foolish

      • bintbiba
        bintbiba
        February 3, 2014, 10:57 am

        Seafoid, yes “the noor el ayn’ is wherefrom the soul is exposed. The eyes …

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        February 3, 2014, 11:09 am

        I was looking at an issue of Cosmopolitan the other day. Loads of advice on sex, clothes, jewellery, money, material goods, holidays, makeup etc. But hanging over it all a great emptiness.

        They’ll never introduce the readers to Rumi.

    • philweiss
      philweiss
      February 2, 2014, 10:52 pm

      Henry here’s my question: Two weeks ago SJ surely knew that this was going to be a PR debacle for her. Something she’d gone into cluelessly was going to do her a lot of damage. Why didn’t she dump SS then? Did they have her in cement overshoes by contract? Had she dumped SS rather than Oxfam, she would have looked so much better, been excused by everyone but the far right, and the liberal Zionists would have applauded her without saying they were for boycott. I wonder if this had nothing to do with religion, ideology, or money, but she’d painted herself into a corner contractually and didn’t know how to execute the courage turn

      • Henry Norr
        Henry Norr
        February 2, 2014, 11:25 pm

        Phil: “Had she dumped SS rather than Oxfam, she would have looked so much better, been excused by everyone but the far right, and the liberal Zionists would have applauded her without saying they were for boycott.”

        You don’t live in the same world she does, Phil – to say the least. In her world, I think the following rewrite of your speculation would be much closer to the mark: “Had she dumped SS rather than Oxfam, she would have looked so much worse, been condemned by everyone but the far left, and even among the most liberal Zionists, all but a handful would have dumped all over her.”

        Consider the circles in which she travels: Hollywood, the mainstream media, Madison Ave., probably the super-rich (except when she was out on the road for Oxfam). Your “everyone” encompasses hardly anyone in those world.

        I have no idea about the terms of her contract, but I really doubt it was what made her do what she did.

      • Citizen
        Citizen
        February 3, 2014, 6:07 am

        Yep, I agree Henry. She’s no Vanessa Redgrave, not even a Kristen Davis. She’s more like Ted, the Bear at the Hollywood awards show.

      • Shingo
        Shingo
        February 3, 2014, 6:27 am

        I agree with Henry.

        Had she dumped SS rather than Oxfam, her name in Hollywood would be about a toxic as Mel Gibson’s.

        Just look at the producer who have the biggest sticks in Hollywood, like say Arnon Milchan. He pretty much boasted about smuggling weapons to Israel as well as items related to nuclear weapons. Had anyone but Israel been the recipient, he’d be in the cell next to Pollard, but instead, he’s considered a hero in Hollywood.

      • Kathleen
        Kathleen
        February 3, 2014, 9:28 am

        I also agree with Harry. And she would have lost jobs in Hollywood. Also do not think she was “clueless.” I think she thought she could pull it off.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        Maximus Decimus Meridius
        February 3, 2014, 11:43 am

        Count me as one other person to agree with Henry. I don’t think this had much to do with Scarlet’s ‘Jewishness’, but with the fact that a) she was probably locked into a contract with SS, who would have sued her for millions had she backed out, and b) the issue had become so high-profile that for her to dump SS would have looked like ‘giving in’ to Palestinian activists, which of course would never EVER do in Hollywood. Blank eyed blondes are ten a penny in Tinseltown, and Johansson would have been replaced in about the time it’ll take me to write this sentence.

        I do think that Johansson’s advisers were very foolish to allow her to get tangled up in this mess in the first place. I can only assume that they all move in such a privileged circle that they had no clue of the ramifications of her taking on the SS sponsorship, and guessed that everyone was as indifferent to/supportive of occupation as they were. When the scandal blew up, they should have urged her to find a face-saving way to cut ties with Oxfam – since there was no way she’d give up the SS$ – without allowing it to drag on for weeks and do what is hopefully lasting harm to her ‘brand’.

      • hophmi
        hophmi
        February 3, 2014, 12:49 pm

        “Had she dumped SS rather than Oxfam, her name in Hollywood would be about a toxic as Mel Gibson’s.”

        This is silly conjecture. I doubt it would have affected her in Hollywood, but I do think Fox News would have gone after her.

      • Shingo
        Shingo
        February 3, 2014, 4:16 pm

        This is silly conjecture.

        No, it’s the way things work in Hollywood. When it comes to Israel, Hollywood makes Fox News look liberal.

      • Woody Tanaka
        Woody Tanaka
        February 3, 2014, 2:23 pm

        “This is silly conjecture. I doubt it would have affected her in Hollywood…”

        Yes, because Hollywood is devoid of zionists who abuse their positions…

      • Rusty Pipes
        Rusty Pipes
        February 3, 2014, 1:16 pm

        ScarJo is an actress looking at 30 with a Tony, a BAFTA, some Golden Globe nods, but no Oscar (not even nominations). My bet is that her agent/advisor convinced her that this could help her get a plum role from some Zionist studio exec, plus the full Oscar ad campaign on her behalf. The shelflife for most highly-paid women in Hollywood is much shorter than that for men. Being armed with an Oscar can give a woman a competitive edge.

        Her advisors likely anticipated some flak from the left, but not opposition from Oxfam. Getting sued by SodaStream would have been only one of the career repercussions ScarJo would have faced had she broken her contract.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        Maximus Decimus Meridius
        February 3, 2014, 1:27 pm

        ”The shelflife for most highly-paid women in Hollywood is much shorter than that for men.”

        That depends. It’s true that top roles for ‘older’ women are rarer than they are for men, but talented actresses – look at Mirren, Streep, Moore etc – can get work at any age. The most box-office friendly actress in Hollywood right now is Sandra Bullock, who’ll be 50 later this year.

        Of course, if, like Johansson, you’ve got nothing to offer except your non-threatening sexiness, then you’re likely to face career oblivion as soon as the next pillow-lipped blonde comes along, which is any minute now, as there’s no shortage of such chicks in Tinseltown.

        ”My bet is that her agent/advisor convinced her that this could help her get a plum role from some Zionist studio exec, plus the full Oscar ad campaign on her behalf. ”

        It’s possible, but I doubt it. Johansson’s acting career hit a high when she managed to look constipated for a whole 2 hours in ”The Girl With the Pearl Earring” and it’s been downhill ever since. She’s better known for her product shilling than her ‘acting’ these days. As far as Johansson and her agents were concerned, this was just another lucrative endorsement deal, with a high-profile Superbowl ad thrown in for good measure. I doubt any of them were even aware of the controversy surrounding SS West Bank plant, and if they were, they assumed everyone – except for maybe a few irrelevant anti-semitic lefty nutcases – would shrug it off just as easily as they did. Well, it didn’t work out quite that way, and now the girl with the pearl earring is the girl who shilled for apartheid. Not quite so cute, is it?

      • annie
        annie
        February 3, 2014, 4:52 pm

        Count me as one other person to agree with Henry. I don’t think this had much to do with Scarlet’s ‘Jewishness’, but with the fact that a) she was probably locked into a contract with SS, who would have sued her for millions had she backed out,

        maximus, i think you may have your signals crossed. henry didn’t make any points about being locked into a contract with SS, that was phil.

        and i agree with his pts (phil’s) with the exception of thinking it was religiously motivated. and i think she would have come off better nixing SS. and i think he was on the mark about “have her in cement overshoes by contract”,not literally of course but contractually. she’s got a few movies coming out, had she dropped ss and if the movies did well it hollywood, it would have gone away with a blip by next year.

      • Taxi
        Taxi
        February 2, 2014, 11:42 pm

        Phil,

        Scarlet is fighting the antisemitic BDS. It really is as simple as that in her ziocanained brain.

      • kma
        kma
        February 3, 2014, 11:51 am

        lots of people support Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestine. Johansson said she disagrees with Oxfam over it. WHY do you guys think she was forced into doing something by money or fear?
        I think you guys are confused by her looks.

        she signed up to sell the occupation. the CO2 gimmick is immaterial. the point is that Sodastream WANTS the occupation and it WANTS to sell it, and so does the actress.

      • hophmi
        hophmi
        February 3, 2014, 12:44 pm

        “Henry here’s my question: Two weeks ago SJ surely knew that this was going to be a PR debacle for her.”

        But it wasn’t Phil. That’s what you just don’t get, because you insist on drinking your own Kool-Aid. The only people who care about this stuff are the partisans. The vast majority of the public has no clue what this controversy is about; most of them probably have no clue what Oxfam is. They’ll just see a good commercial for a seltzer maker with Scarlett Johansson in it. And in the partisan community, the pro-Israel community outguns the pro-Palestinian community by a large margin. This is where the large gap between your decibel level and your actual influence comes into stark relief.

        “Had she dumped SS rather than Oxfam, she would have looked so much better, been excused by everyone but the far right”

        No, she would not have. The right, through Fox News, would have gone after her and Oxfam.

        “the liberal Zionists would have applauded her without saying they were for boycott”

        I doubt it. I think we would have ignored the issue to avoid giving the impression that we supported any kind of BDS movement.

        ” I wonder if this had nothing to do with religion, ideology, or money, but she’d painted herself into a corner contractually and didn’t know how to execute the courage turn”

        I think it was actually pretty simple. She worked with Oxfam for eight years. Before this issue was resolved, they publicly criticized her on their website. I would not continue to lend my name to an organization that treated me like that if I were her, particularly not one that takes millions of dollars from Coke. There are plenty of humanitarian organizations out there. Oxfam is not the only one on Earth.

      • philweiss
        philweiss
        February 3, 2014, 6:04 pm

        Unpersuaded in Uruguay
        She’s been in the NYT every other day for this thing, and today they say SS’s stock is hurting b/c of this. She brought the attention. These are her friends, on both teams, Oxfam and SS.
        Do you think if she had it to do over again, she would have done any of this? Wouldnt she have just ducked the offer, and the cash, and stuck with the prestige hunger org?

      • kma
        kma
        February 3, 2014, 8:49 pm

        this whole thread is nuts. she willingly chose to sell an ethnic cleansing because she likes it. and you guys all are making the dumbest excuses for her.

        the entire post with the grossout picture is offensive. there isn’t anything more that can be said about that. it’s so offensive. how can you look at that picture and not get her intentions? it’s disgusting.

      • thankgodimatheist
        thankgodimatheist
        February 3, 2014, 8:35 pm

        “The vast majority of the public has no clue what this controversy is about; ”
        Funny that you use this argument all too often which only means that the less scrutiny into all things Israel the better it works for you and the happier you are.

    • amigo
      amigo
      February 3, 2014, 7:08 am

      “We believe at SodaStream that we have never lost a single customer to the boycott,”birnbaum

      I got news for you mr birnbaum.

      I am one you lost and several of my friends are of the same mind.We do not support Apartheid and war crimes like you and your little Hussy scarjo.

      Keep your head stuck in the sand.

      • thankgodimatheist
        thankgodimatheist
        February 3, 2014, 8:41 pm

        “We believe at SodaStream that we have never lost a single customer to the boycott,” Birnbaum.
        Not so fast! There is no one in my extended family and circle of friends that has been informed about SodaStream and who was very likely to be interested in such a product is getting anywhere near now..You’re only fooling yourself.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      Maximus Decimus Meridius
      February 3, 2014, 8:48 am

      ”Oxfam is not opposed to trade with Israel, and we don’t support a boycott of Israel or any other country”

      That’s a bit of a disappointing response. It would have been better for Oxfam to say that they neither support nor oppose a boycott of Israel, as they are a humanitarian organisation, not a political one.

  2. a blah chick
    a blah chick
    February 2, 2014, 3:53 pm

    “Ah, Mr. Prime Minister, where is your hand?”

  3. seafoid
    seafoid
    February 2, 2014, 4:06 pm

    Scarlett and her fuck-me straw.
    Bibi and his last straw
    Note that she is not looking at Bibi either. He’s too uuurgh

    • Kathleen
      Kathleen
      February 2, 2014, 9:18 pm

      “fuck me straw” that is exactly what they are advertising. Scarlett willing to sell her body, her soul whatever it takes to fill her pockets$$$$$$

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        February 2, 2014, 9:53 pm

        I am pretty sure we can say what those Notre Dame nuns sitting on that porch back in the day would have made of Scarlett and her straw.

        Where have all the Mensches gone ?

      • kma
        kma
        February 2, 2014, 10:13 pm

        Johansson is not advertising Sodastream for money. She is doing it to sell the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.
        Her pockets are full. Sodastream hired her because she is “hot” right now. She agrees with the cause that Israel should take all of Palestine.

        when will you guys get this????

      • annie
        annie
        February 2, 2014, 10:42 pm

        wow, 4 question marks kma, what would we all do without you to wake us up? who are you talking to anyway? seafoid? kathleen? me? do tell.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        February 2, 2014, 11:51 pm

        “Sodastream hired her because she is “hot” right now”

        Tits and ass

        Since all moralists and purists support Las Vegas as the entertainment capital of the world, one would assume that the attraction at the Star Dust is The Passion Play or a Monet Exhibit or the New York City Ballet (…). But no; what is the big attraction?
        ‘Tits and ass.’
        (…)
        Well, that may be the truth but you just can’t have “tits and ass” up on a marquee.
        ‘Why not?’
        Because it’s vulgar, that’s why.
        (…)
        Soon they will have just a big nipple up on the marquee, and maybe that’s why you want to have FOR ADULTS ONLY, because you’re ashamed to tell your kids that you are selling and exploiting and making an erotic thing out of your mother’s breast that gave you life. The morality clause.
        And I really had wanted that job (…)”

        Tits and ass and oppression.

        “the power of her images helped to seduce a whole generation”

        Leni Riefenstahl would recognize the memes.

      • Kathleen
        Kathleen
        February 3, 2014, 9:30 am

        you might be on to something. But do think it is money too.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        February 3, 2014, 9:53 am

        You know Kathleen I was thinking about the time I went to Auschwitz. The most striking image was a picture of a row of naked Jewish women being herded to the gas chambers.
        The ultimate in dehumanisation. A row of beautiful women. The nihilism of it all.

        And Scarlett is used (you may say it is her choice but she’s still presented as meat) today to dehumanise the Palestinians. It is all so utterly depressing.

      • hophmi
        hophmi
        February 3, 2014, 12:58 pm

        “you might be on to something. But do think it is money too.”

        She’s making $20m for the Avengers movie. According to the Daily Mail, she made around $400K for the Sodastream ad. That suggests that it wasn’t about money, even though the Daily Mail suggests that she likes money because she didn’t grow up rich.

        http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2550744/Inside-Soda-Stream-factory-revealed-Scarletts-choice-cash-charity-employees-giving-thumbs-up.html

      • Shingo
        Shingo
        February 4, 2014, 4:35 pm

        According to the Daily Mail, she made around $400K for the Sodastream ad.

        That would have been an up front fee. He contract will stipulate that she gets royalties every time the add runs.

  4. Justpassingby
    Justpassingby
    February 2, 2014, 4:35 pm

    Why isnt bibi drinking it “Israel project”?
    Did he poison it?

    • annie
      annie
      February 2, 2014, 10:07 pm

      Why isnt bibi drinking it..?

      don’t you know? he talks, they drink the kool aid it up.

  5. Philip Munger
    Philip Munger
    February 2, 2014, 4:36 pm

    I’ve lost a lot of respect for Scarlett Johansson over the past weeks. Never put any thought about the actress into the same light as Sarah Palin before recently, but couldn’t help it, as I live in Wasilla. At least Johansson mostly keeps her mouth shut.

    When the qualities of the many new adds presented at today’s Super Bowl are compared this coming week, Johansson will probably be angry at how bad the product (meaning the ad itself) is described.

    • kma
      kma
      February 2, 2014, 10:16 pm

      why would you ever have respect for her? she’s pumping Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestine. why do you think Johansson will be angry? she’s selling the occupation with sex. I think she’s as happy as can be.

      • Kathleen
        Kathleen
        February 3, 2014, 9:31 am

        “selling the occupation with sex? Nailed it

  6. American
    American
    February 2, 2014, 4:38 pm

    Gross. Repulsive.

    BTW…Soda Stream says they selected Scarlett because ‘she called them’ looking for a new carbonater part for her SS machine and they were ‘overjoyed to know a movie star’ was using SS so they signed her up.

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/seltzer-wars-sodastream-exec-reveals-675851

  7. dbroncos
    dbroncos
    February 2, 2014, 4:49 pm

    Grossout is right! This is supposed to make us feel grateful? Hasbara central should sack its low budget design team.

  8. shachalnur
    shachalnur
    February 2, 2014, 5:45 pm

    You really believe it’s that straightforward?

    Globes online;”Sodastream and gov’t at loggerheads over grants”

    “[Sodastream CEO] Birnbaum complains that for the past six months he has not been able to meet with Minister of Economics Naftali Bennet”.

    “….I see that he writes in Facebook that Scarlett Johansson is also beautiful on the inside but meanwhile he has not set up a meeting with me……….I’m coping with enough issues right now these past few days.I’m fed up”.

    Did anybody entertain the possibility the settlers and Sodastream are not friends at all?

    This whole story is causing huge damage to the settlers,not to Sodastream or Scarlett ,who’s star was fading a bit lately.

    Did anybody leave the possibility open that Sodastream could be a “sleeper cell” against the settlers,and Scarlett is doing more against the occupation than she could ever do with Oxfam.

    She was “anti-neocon” and “disgusted by Blackwater” only a year ago(Roger Waters dixit).

    No interviews by Scarlett should be expected right now,she is doing what actresses usually do.

    Is this scenario likely? Probably not.

    But it’s a lot more likely than some dying kidneydiseased patient bringing down the Twin Towers and building 7 by controlled demolition ,from a cave in Afghanistan.

    99% of “informed” people bought that story.

    • annie
      annie
      February 2, 2014, 10:16 pm

      Birnbaum complains that for the past six months he has not been able to meet with Minister of Economics Naftali Bennet

      he’s got the best PR team money can buy. you better believe any quotes from him, any, are there by design.

      This whole story is causing huge damage to the settlers,not to Sodastream or Scarlett ,who’s star was fading a bit lately.

      i can link to many many msm articles, most recent cnn money and both the financial times article, and a business insider article (plus the stocks are down around 36, which is radical) one after another after another demonstrating SS has taken a hit on their reputation for this, and prior to this move scarlett was named (again) most sexiext woman in the world. so the idea her ‘star was fading’ is nuts.

      Is this scenario likely? Probably not.

      you should have thought of that before writing so much drivel.

      bringing down the Twin Towers and building 7 by controlled demolition ,from a cave in Afghanistan. 99% of “informed” people bought that story.

      99%? spare us please.

      • shachalnur
        shachalnur
        February 2, 2014, 11:21 pm

        Dear Annie,

        Ha’aretz picked up on the Sodastream-Bennett(Finance minister) “misunderstandings” as well.

        So we’ll see in a day or two if you’re right,if this is just Birnbaum lies. .

        Seriously? CNN and Financial Times as sources for who is getting a hit or not?

        I’m trying to explain you that the MSM has been feeding you rubbish for decades and longer.

        “was named” most sexy woman,by whom?Hollywood?

        That’s showbizz,you see,just wait untill 4 april; release of Scarlett’s new movie “Under the skin”.

        It’s called timing,and full frontal nudity.

        Did you notice today’s Hollywood news ? And the timing?

        Woody “critizising Israel is anti-Semitic” Allen is the next target/operation.

        Scarlett shot three movies with him.

        About the drivel;What about Roger Waters facebook message on Scarlett?

        Is he lying? anti-neocon?Blackwater? Cheney?Scarlett has Scandinavian parents and these people are notoriously sceptical if it comes to TPTB.

        I’m challenging you to always check your opinions for “pigeon superstition”,it might help you look through things.

        About the 99%; Spare “us” please?

        I was shocked to read Phillip Weiss actually supported the invasion in Afghanistan,because it shows how little this erudite intelligent liberal anti-Zionist Zionist knows about how the world functions.

        And who did 9/11 anyway,according to “us”, how many of “us” are there,and is Phillip among them?

      • annie
        annie
        February 2, 2014, 11:50 pm

        we’ll see in a day or two if you’re right,if this is just Birnbaum lies

        nothing in your counter argument refutes my point. i will say it again: he’s got the best PR team money can buy. you better believe any quotes from him, any, are there by design.

        CNN and Financial Times as sources for who is getting a hit or not?

        that would be cnn money and other investment reports. but don’t believe me, just look at their stock price. they are at an all time low, down around 36 and can’t seem to boost past 38 on recovery.

        And who did 9/11 anyway,according to “us”, how many of “us” are there,and is Phillip among them?

        you’re the one claiming 99% of “informed” people “bought that story”. maybe you should try backing that up first before querying me. and by all means, explain to us again why 9/11 is relevant here? because you think some conspiracy theories are at play here?

        and what difference would that make anyway? this is a boon for exposure of BDS, a boon.

      • American
        American
        February 3, 2014, 11:15 am

        Annie- all

        The new EU restrictions applied to occupied territories business and etc may be affecting SS’s bank financing and line of operating credit from Isr banks—that could affect SS stock price.

    • amigo
      amigo
      February 3, 2014, 7:32 am

      “Did anybody entertain the possibility the settlers and Sodastream are not friends at all?”shacalnur

      One question?, Are you home alone?.

  9. just
    just
    February 2, 2014, 6:27 pm

    It “sucks”.

    • Rusty Pipes
      Rusty Pipes
      February 2, 2014, 8:31 pm

      Sucky ad. Sucky piece process. ScarJo’s SodaStream snafu embodies Israel’s attitude about “better PR” solving all problems. Even with a top Hollywood actress greenwashing its image in the most popular annual American program, Israel’s messaging has encountered unexpected challenges in American MSM and pushback from the American public.

      • February 3, 2014, 7:38 am

        Everything else aside, wasn’t it was an embarrassingly bad and amateurish ad.

  10. Taxi
    Taxi
    February 2, 2014, 10:42 pm

    Morgan Fairchild has a daughter?

  11. Daniel Rich
    Daniel Rich
    February 3, 2014, 12:15 am

    “… Paging Mr. Birnbaum … Paging Mr. Birnbaum …”

    Q: … and this money is used to demonize and attack Israel.

    R: No, good sir. The IDF demonizes Israel when it attacks and kills Palestinians [and foreigners alike]. The ‘we’re a victim’ ploy you’re flogging so desperately, is a very, very dead horse. Ever heard of that little thingy known as ‘responsibility for one’s own actions?’ Look in the mirror and you’ll see it.

    BDS is a movement and can therefore be bought and manipulated, however, the soul of individual people is a lot harder to mold.

  12. adele
    adele
    February 3, 2014, 1:09 am

    I hAve but one simPle question for Birnbaum:
    Why cAn Palestinians only woRk buT not live witHin the SettlEments built on theIr stolen lanD?

    • MahaneYehude1
      MahaneYehude1
      February 3, 2014, 2:41 am

      @adele:

      I hAve but one simPle question for you:
      Why cAn Israeli Jew only woRk buT not live witHin the Arab cities and villages built in Israel?

      • tree
        tree
        February 3, 2014, 4:09 am

        Your “simple question”, Mahane, is a lie, as are many of your statements here.

        You obviously haven’t heard or read of Susan Nathan, or her book, The Other Side of Israel. She was an Israeli Jew who chose to live in Tamra, a majority Palestinian town in northern Israel. She was welcomed with open arms by the citizens living there.

        Nathan decided to make a dramatic change in her own life. The former AIDS counselor packed her bags and left her comfortable, middle class Tel Aviv home to live in Tamra, a Palestinian Muslim town in Israel. What emerged from her journey was a 336 page book documenting her experiences called
        “The Other Side of Israel, My Journey Across the Arab/Jewish divide.”

        “It’s a very shocking shattering thing, to see everything you believe, your life, the way you’ve built your life collapse before you,” she said.

        But, learning about Palestinians made Nathan’s move to Tamra easier, despite the objections of her friends and family.

        “I didn’t really find that I had a lot to get used to,” she said. “This whole overemphasis in the west…- that their religion is different – is nonsense. It is something that is said to put us in fear. And I think by living here I am showing every day of my life that it’s rubbish.”

        Over the past four years Nathan has become a part of her new Palestian family and now calls Tamra home. But, living with the Palestinian citizens of Israel has given her an insider’s perspective on the lack of equal rights with their Jewish counterparts.

        Tamra, like other non-Jewish towns in Israel, is neglected, says Nathan. The village is grossly overpopulated and there has been no government investment in infrastructure. There are 25,000 residents living on 4,000 dunums (one dunum is a quarter of a mile) of land.

        “This is (like) a refugee camp,” she adds. “Refugee camps don’t have proper sewage…in 58 years of the [Israeli] State there has not been one shekel spent on Arab improvement. Arab homes are self financed.”

        http://imeu.net/news/article00844.shtml

      • Shmuel
        Shmuel
        February 3, 2014, 4:40 am

        Τhanks, tree. There are of course many examples of Jewish Israelis living in Palestinian towns and villages. One would expect a commenter who claims to speak Arabic and have Palestinian friends to know better than to perpetuate the “prejudice of Arab treachery”, as Uri Davis (another Israeli Jew who has lived among Palestinians for the better part of his life) has called it.

        The attempt to create some sort of equivalence between Israeli settlements in the OT and Palestinian towns and villages “built in Israel” is another lie, or rather a number of lies all rolled into one.

      • tree
        tree
        February 3, 2014, 5:08 am

        One would expect a commenter who claims to speak Arabic and have Palestinian friends to know better ..

        Yes, it makes one wonder whether it is all just a facade on his part. Or is he just that incredibly obtuse?

      • Taxi
        Taxi
        February 3, 2014, 5:14 am

        You can’t expect tourists to know EVERYTHING about Palestine and Palestinians. Mehane’s ‘knowledge’ proves this.

      • bintbiba
        bintbiba
        February 3, 2014, 10:45 am

        Wilful ignorance is so much more serious than the innocent one.

      • amigo
        amigo
        February 3, 2014, 7:39 am

        tree, as we all know the “mehanes” are liars and frauds.That is what a hasbara sales rep does.

        They cannot flog truth as that would harm their cause.

        Expect nothing from clan “mehane” but lies.

      • Talkback
        Talkback
        February 3, 2014, 8:59 am

        Why cAn Israeli Jew only woRk buT not live witHin the Arab cities and villages built in Israel?

        WTF? How many Arab cities and villages did your Antigentile Apartheid Junta build for Arabs? It’s mostly known for raizing more than 400 villages build Jewish cities and villages on their ruins. Don’t you find this not only racist, but absolutely disgusting, too?

    • adele
      adele
      February 3, 2014, 4:01 pm

      Mahane:
      #1 – Israelis already Live in PalestInian towns and villAges…it’s called the Nakba.
      #2 – The global community has something called the woRld wide web, it’s a nifty invention and we can access aLl sorts of informatIon. So while you Are still living within the stone age, we have moved on. Thanks to oRganizations such as http://www.icahd.org/ , http://www.bdsmovement.net/ , http://www.alhaq.org/ and http://www.hrw.org/middle-eastn-africa/israel-palestine – to name but a fraction of excellent organizations Providing fActual informatioN – most members of The human race are aware of Israel’s human rightS transgressiOns aNd oppression of the Palestinian people.
      #3 – Furthermore, If you caRed so much about intEgration with the Palestinian community then why are you only now bringing this up when by my simple question I prove A*P*A*R*T*H*E*I*D exists and is an official policy of the Israeli government as evidenced by their policies and actions?

      LIAR*LIAR*PANTS*ON*FIRE

  13. yrn
    yrn
    February 3, 2014, 5:52 am

    Shmuel
    What Nonsense, well give me the list of “Many Examples”.
    No wonder you raised up Uri Davis who converted to Islam, as many extreme left Israelis, that converted.
    Your info regarding Israel is taken from your imagination.

    • Shmuel
      Shmuel
      February 3, 2014, 6:02 am

      give me the list of “Many Examples”

      Tree has mentioned three well-known cases, and I have mentioned a fourth. There are certainly more, who are not well-known (I happen to know one). To the best of my knowledge, none of the women mentioned by tree have converted, and Uri Davis’ conversion came relatively late. He lived in Sakhnin long before that.

      In any event, these cases alone are sufficient to prove that MY’s claim is false.

      As long as we’re on the subject of “many”. Could you give me the list of the “many extreme left Israelis” who have converted (I can think of 3 offhand, but only 2 to Islam)?

      • yrn
        yrn
        February 3, 2014, 6:20 am

        Shmuel

        I learned your nonsense info vocabulary fast.
        If for you 4-5 cases in a population of eight millions are “many examples ” and that’s for you a solid fact to base your thinking, good for you.
        So for me 4-5 cases are “many examples “.
        Again Your info regarding Israel is taken from your imagination.

      • Shmuel
        Shmuel
        February 3, 2014, 6:38 am

        OK, you win, yrn. I bow to your superior imagination. None of these people have ever existed, and Jewish Israelis cannot live in Palestinian towns and villages. How silly of me to suggest otherwise.

      • MahaneYehude1
        MahaneYehude1
        February 3, 2014, 7:34 am

        @Shmuel:

        This issue was raised by adele who claimed “Why can Palestinians only work but not live within the Settlements built on their stolen land?”. Now, there are several (not many) intermarriage couples living in Ma’ale Adumim settlement. I didn’t write to adele that his/her claim is false, since I think that few examples are not worth to mention. The same you and tree, you mentioned several examples, but I don’t think these few examples can attest to the rule. In general, Palestinians can’t live in the settlements and Israeli Jews can’t live in Arab villages. In both cases, there are no laws against living in both places. They, the Palestinians and the Israeli-Jews, would not be accepted by the entire society in the settlements or in the Arab villages, respectively.

      • Shingo
        Shingo
        February 3, 2014, 4:12 pm

        In general, Palestinians can’t live in the settlements and Israeli Jews can’t live in Arab villages. In both cases, there are no laws against living in both places.

        So you finally admit Israel is an apartheid state? Good for you MY1.

      • Shmuel
        Shmuel
        February 3, 2014, 7:54 am

        You’re mixing up the whole fruit bowl here, MY.

        The Palestinian workers we are talking about are not Israeli citizens, and are thus barely allowed to enter areas under settlement jurisdiction (even their own land!), let alone live there. Adele’s question — “Why can Palestinians only work but not live within the Settlements built on their stolen land?” — is this absolutely correct. Special permits are issued to some Palestinians to enter settlements exclusively for work but they may not, under any circumstances, live there.

        Furthermore, even Palestinian citizens of Israel may be allowed to live in Ma’aleh Adumim (status: city), but they would be hard-pressed — by law — to live in nearby Kfar Adumim (status: communal settlement). There are no laws, or institutional restrictions of any kind prohibiting Israeli Jews from living in Palestinian towns and villages within the Green Line (your analogy) and, in fact, some do (and not only those married to Palestinians).

      • talknic
        talknic
        February 3, 2014, 9:13 am

        MahaneYehude1 “Now, there are several (not many) intermarriage couples living in Ma’ale Adumim settlement”

        Prove it.

        “In general, Palestinians can’t live in the settlements and Israeli Jews can’t live in Arab villages.”

        Correction ‘In general, Palestinians and Israeli Arabs can’t live in the illegal settlements….”

        “In both cases, there are no laws against living in both places”

        You’re just overflowing with bullsh*t. It constantly gushes out and you wade around in it. You know International Law forbids any Israeli citizen, be they Jewish or non-Jewish from settling in territories under Israel occupation. Consecutive Israeli Governments have known for 65 years that International Law forbids any Israeli citizen, be they Jewish or non-Jewish from settling in territories under Israel occupation.

    • Talkback
      Talkback
      February 3, 2014, 9:04 am

      No wonder you raised up Uri Davis who converted to Islam, as many extreme left Israelis, that converted.

      For exteme racist Jews it is totally normal, if a Gentile converts Judaism, because of marrying a Jew, but a sign of extremism, if goes the the other way around, right?

      • yrn
        yrn
        February 3, 2014, 9:56 am

        Talkback
        “if a Gentile converts Judaism, because of marrying a Jew”
        Israel Shamir (also known by the name Jöran Jermas ) , Roy Tov, Vanunu………
        Non converted because of Marriage but because of will.
        right ?

      • yrn
        yrn
        February 3, 2014, 10:20 am

        talknic
        ““In both cases, there are no laws against living in both places
        You’re just overflowing with bullsh*t.”

        Are you referring to your comrade Shmuel “Furthermore, even Palestinian citizens of Israel may be allowed to live in Ma’aleh Adumim”

  14. Kathleen
    Kathleen
    February 3, 2014, 9:42 am

    SS, Birnbaum, ScarJo trying to sell the idea that the illegal occupation is good for the Palestinians.

  15. amigo
    amigo
    February 3, 2014, 11:22 am

    “In both cases, there are no laws against living in both places”Mehane”

    International Law 101 for idiots and racist like the mehanes.

    4th Geneva Convention , art 49.
    “The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourth_Geneva_Convention

  16. Shingo
    Shingo
    February 4, 2014, 4:34 pm

    “We believe at SodaStream that we have never lost a single customer to the boycott,” Birnbaum.

    Wrong. My brother was given one for Christmas by a friend. I told him the background and he exchanged it for something else.

  17. unverified__5kga62lh
    unverified__5kga62lh
    February 5, 2014, 2:22 am

    to demonize israel? Cinism is the most common way to make politics today.
    In Spain, the government allways change the sense of words, like Israeli stablishments politics do.
    Rajoy is a corrupted one, and accuses to the 15M movement to be Nazi, it seems very much to that words like “antisemitism” againts people who wants peace and justice for all, including jewish people.

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