(MENAFN -Arab News) LOS ANGELES: Scarlett Johansson is responding to criticism over her new ad campaign for an Israeli company that operates in the West Bank
The 29-year-old actress said in a statement released Friday to The Huffington Post that she “never intended on being the face of any social or political movement, distinction, separation or stance” as part of her affiliation with SodaStream International Ltd
The Israeli drink maker recently signed the “Her” and “The Avengers” actress as its first “global brand ambassador.” She is to appear in a television during the Super Bowl on Feb. 2
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
Oxfam International took issue with Johansson this week because the humanitarian group opposes “all trade” from Israeli settlements, claiming they are illegal and deny Palestinian rights
Johansson has served as a global ambassador for Oxfam since 2005, raising funds and promoting awareness about global poverty.