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Star Scarlett ends Oxfam tie over Israel row.

ACTRESS Scarlett Johansson is ending her relationship with the charity Oxfam after being criticised over her support for an Israeli company operating in the West Bank. Johansson's spokesman said the 29-year-old actress had "a fundamental difference of opinion" with Oxfam International because the humanitarian group opposes all trade from Israeli settlements, saying they are illegal and deny Palestinian rights. Earlier this month, the star of The Avengers and Her signed on as the first global brand ambassador of SodaStream International and she will appear in an advert for the at-home soft drinks firm during the Super Bowl on Sunday.

SodaStream has come under fire from pro-Palestinian activists for maintaining a large factory in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank, a territory captured by Israel in 1967 and claimed by the Palestinians.

In response to the criticism, Johansson said last week she was a "supporter of economic co-operation and social interaction between a democratic Israel and Palestine".

Oxfam took issue saying it was "considering the implications" of what it meant for the actress's role as an Oxfam global ambassador.

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Jan 31, 2014
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