So, who do you like in the big game today? Coke, Pepsi, or SodaStream?
The controversy hit a new high last week with the Oxfam charity’s criticism of actress Scarlett Johansson, who has signed on as a spokeswoman for SodaStream. Johansson has said she will stick with her commitment to SodaStream – and has stepped down as an ambassador for Oxfam in protest of its anti-Israel stance.
Oxfam, which only recently signed Johansson as its first “global brand ambassador, had couched its opposition to her role in promoting SodaStream in humanitarian and legal terms, saying it opposes “all trade” from “Israeli settlements”, which it claims are illegal and deny the rights of Palestinian Arabs. This, despite the fact that SodaStream’s Maalei Adumim factory employs both Jews and Arabs alike, and on equal terms.
But now reports are surfacing which suggest a slightly less altruistic motivation, linking Oxfam to one of SodaStream’s major competitors: the Coca-Cola company. Notably, Oxfam has also recently criticized one of Coca-Cola’s other top competitors, the PepsiCo company.
Coca-Cola donated $2.5 million to Oxfam in 2008-2010, and gave another $400,000 toward a research project aimed at investigating Coca-Cola’s impact on Zambia and El Salvador.
Good for Coke for supporting Oxfam’s work (whatever it is). And good for Oxfam for returning the favor. Loyalty is an under-appreciated virtue (venality less so).
Others’ motives may come from a darker place:
Former Pink Floyd front man Roger Waters, one of the more prominent celebrity faces of the boycott Israel movement, says he has contacted Scarlett Johansson “a couple of times” over the A-list actress’s decision to represent an Israeli company that operates in a West Bank settlement.
“In the past days I have written privately to Neil Young (once) and to Scarlett Johanson (a couple of times). Those letters will remain private,” he said. “Sadly, I have received no reply from either. And so I write this note on my Facebook page somewhat in bewilderment. Neil? I shall ponder all of this long and hard. We don’t really know each other, but, you were always one of my heroes, I am confused.”
Waters then went on to evoke a meeting with Johansson, “a year or so ago” at a Cream reunion concert in New York. “She was then, as I recall, fiercely anti Neocon, passionately disgusted by Blackwater (Dick Cheney’s private army in Iraq), you could have been forgiven for thinking that here was a young woman of strength and integrity who believed in truth, human rights, and the law and love. I confess I was somewhat smitten,” he said. “There’s no fool like an old fool.”
How could a girl resist?
Thanks to the publicity generated by the spastic Jew-hatred of Waters, Oxfam, and all their many stormtroopers on the Left, SodaStream should be all set:
Canadian Employment Minister Jason Kenney said their move spurred him to buy from SodaStream.
Appearing on Canadian Sun News last week, Kenney quipped “I’ve given money to Oxfam in the past because I thought they were there to help poor people, not to marginalize Israelis and make Palestinians unemployed.” He added that “all the nutters at Oxfam” also marginalize “Palestinian people” who get paid four times more at SodaStream than they would within Palestinian Authority-controlled areas.
Kenney bashed the “anti-Israel obsession” with which leftist groups pursue Israel, even while they ignore countries like Iran which executes political dissidents and homosexuals.
Remarking on Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s recent visit to Israel, Kenny remarked “we felt at home in Israel” due to the shared values of freedom and democracy between Israel and Canada.
I’m not a big fan of soda. On this (and this alone), I’m with Michelle Obama. If I want empty calories, I drink alcohol, not sugar water. (Not sure that’s how she puts it.) But I would drink buckets of SodaStream just to spite these vile little maggots on the Left—and then relieve myself all over them with a soda stream of my own!
What are you drinking? First round’s on me!
In a pathetically related story:
“Today’s status quo, absolutely to a certainty, I promise you 100 percent, cannot be maintained,” Kerry said of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “It is not sustainable. It is illusionary.
You see for Israel there is an increasing delegitimization campaign that has been building up. People are very sensitive to it, there is talk of boycott and other kinds of things. Are we all going to be better with all of that?” Kerry’s comments were similar to ones he made during a television interview during one of his visits in November, though this time he did not warn, as he did then, of the outbreak of a third intifada.
Economy Minister Naftali Bennett slammed US Secretary of State John Kerry Saturday night, saying he should be supporting Israel rather than encouraging boycotts against it.
“Let’s make clear to all those giving advice: A nation has not been born – including us – that will give up its land because of economic threats,” Bennett said in a Facebook post. “The Jewish people is stronger than the threats against it.”
I actually find myself in agreement with Kerry here. (First, Michelle Obama, now John Kerry? What gives?) The status quo is not “sustainable”. Hence, my solution:
Okay, so it’s not exactly original. But, like Coke, sometimes the old ways are the best ways. The map is very telling: Jordan was to have been “Arab Palestine”; Israel and the West Bank were to have been “Jewish Palestine”. There was no separate Palestinian identity. That is a modern invention, like the pet rock or New Coke.
PPS: And no Gaza!