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Scarlett red-faced

Jerusalem, Jan. 30 (Reuters): Actress Scarlett Johansson has quit her role as an ambassador for Oxfam after she fell out with group for endorsing an Israeli firm operating in the occupied West Bank.

The star has become the public face for soda-maker SodaStream. However, the multi-million dollar deal has caused a backlash amongst humanitarian groups because SodaStream’s largest factory is based in a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank.

The company employs both Palestinian and Israeli workers and says its plant offers a model of peaceful cooperation but settlements are deemed illegal under international law and are condemned by Oxfam.

 
 
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