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Guardian Poll: Should Oxfam Sever Ties with Scarlett Johansson?

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson
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Our good friends at the Guardian are besides themselves trying to cover Israel-related issues in a balanced and unbiased way. And if you like their neutral headline, which doesn’t ask “what should Oxfam do” but rather offers option one from column A as the given, you’ll love their depiction of the events so far:

“It seems [Oxfam’s] celebrity ambassador, Scarlett Johansson, has signed an advertising deal with SodaStream International Ltd, an Isreali company operating in the West Bank… [and the] move has caused an ‘internal revolt’ at Oxfam.”

Now that you know all the facts from a neutral perspective, do the interactive:

While there is no doubt that celebrity endorsement yields financial dividends for NGOs and can raise the profile of a cause, it can also infuriate staff and create tensions with communities in which the organization works. So what should Oxfam do? Take our poll and tell us your experiences or thoughts on celebrities and NGOs in the comment threads below.

Do you think Oxfam should sever ties with Scarlett Johansson?

I went ahead and voted No. The “landing page” didn’t tell me how many have participated, but 85% have voted a resounding Yes. If you care to, there are 6 days left before they close the poll, so if you’re into influencing world opinion, go vote and send the link to all your loved ones.


About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.

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7 Responses to “Guardian Poll: Should Oxfam Sever Ties with Scarlett Johansson?”

  1. I think Scarlett should sever ties with Oxfam

  2. Gil Gilman says:

    It is currently at 69% yes and 31% no.

  3. It shows that their anti-semitism is much more important then helping those in need. Scarlett has raised more money for real refugees then anyone else at Oxfam. Let others starve as long as they get their dig in at Jews and Israel. Not worth the paper they print!

  4. thanks for the link. the English have some sort of bacterial flu that affects their brains. or, could it be somet hing else? like cowardice.

  5. Gil Gilman says:

    Now 59% yes, 41% no

  6. Gil Gilman says:

    The poll closed early with 53% yes and 47% no. It is easy to see where this was going. ScarJo disassociated herself from Oxfam. If she would have waited just a bit, the scales would have been tipped in her direction, and we would have been able to see just how sincere this poll would have proven.

  7. Alan Willmot says:

    I can hardly see how you can accuse the Guardian of being anti-semitic, and it's much more likely to come from the other side of the political news-spectra i.e. The Daily Mail (asa the Daily Fascist). When dealing with issues involving Palestine it will always read with a negative spin from the left-wing press in the UK as they are against bullying of those who are weaker and disenfranchised….

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