I was glad to see The Seattle Times cover Scarlett Johansson’s choice of personal profit over human rights [“Scarlett Johansson resigns from Oxfam over Israel flap,” Movies, Jan. 30].
Johansson parted ways with humanitarian organization Oxfam in favor of her lucrative association with Israeli settlement-based company SodaStream. Her decision came on the heels of a well-orchestrated, international campaign decrying the hypocrisy of her conflicting allegiances. Israeli policies denying human rights, ignoring international law and helping companies profit from the occupation are no longer being tolerated by people around the world who care about justice.
The controversy hits close to home here in Seattle, where well-respected Sur La Table stands to tarnish its own reputation by continuing to sell SodaStream. A campaign led by Seattle Jewish Voice for Peace is demanding Sur La Table stand for more than just profit and deshelve the unethically-produced product.
Retailers that stock SodaStream can no longer claim they are unaware of the role the company plays in Israeli violations of international law. The campaign forcing Johansson’s decision took only weeks. Sur La Table should take note: selling SodaStream supports apartheid.
Eva Dale, member of Seattle Jewish Voice for Peace