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Scarlett Johansson ends association with Oxfam over SodaStream row

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Following 'a fundamental difference of opinion’ with Oxfam, actress Scarlett Johansson has stepped down from her position as ambassador for the humanitarian group.

The difference of opinion came about after her support for SodaStream, an Israeli company that has operations in the occupied West Bank.

According to a BBC report on January 30, she has decided to stay as brand ambassador for SodaStream, that has a facility in the Maale Adumim Jewish settlement.

It is a known fact that more than 5 lakh Jews live 100-plus settlements built here ever since Israel occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem way back in 1967.

Though Israel believes the settlements part of its entity, international law terms these as illegal.

Johansson’s eight-year stint with Oxfam came to an end after the actress respectfully stepped down as ambassador with the group.

A media statement said that as she is “very proud of her accomplishments and fundraising efforts during her tenure with Oxfam".

Oxfam, on Thursday, accepted Johansson's decision to step down, and thanked her for the many contributions she had made to the humanitarian group.

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