Scarlett Johansson Says Support of SodaStream Is Environmentally Motivated

Star bemoans her rift with Oxfam in interview with The Telegraph.

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Scarlett Johansson explained her support of Israeli company SodaStream as an environmental issue in an interview with The Telegraph published Friday, adding she bemoans her rift with international anti-poverty organization Oxfam.

Johansson, who under pressure from Oxfam resigned as a global ambassador for the organization after coming under attacked of supporters of the BDS movement for her decision to serve as a brand ambassador for SodaStream, told The Telegraph she was "not an expert on the history of this conflict," adding that she "never professed to be."

She believed in SodaStream, she told The Telegraph, because she thought it "has the ability to make a huge difference, environmentally."

With regard to the company's West Bank factory she told The Telegraph that SodaStream’s CEO Daniel Birnbaum said many times "that this factory is one he inherited, and that he doesn’t want to fire people – the majority of those people being Palestinian."

Johansson also had kind words for Oxfam telling the paper that some of the best times of her life "have been when I’ve travelled with Oxfam to see the amazing work that they’ve done."

SodaStream's 2014 Super Bowl commercial starring Scarlett Johansson.Credit: SodaStream Frame grab

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