Scarlett Johansson will no longer work with humanitarian group Oxfam International, after taking criticism for her relationship with an Israeli company that operates in the West Bank.

Johansson's spokesman released a statement Wednesday, indicating the 29-year-old actress has "a fundamental difference of opinion" with Oxfam International because the group opposes all trade from Israeli settlements, because it believes they are illegal and deny Palestinian rights.

"Scarlett Johansson has respectfully decided to end her ambassador role with Oxfam after eight years," the statement said. "She and Oxfam have a fundamental difference of opinion in regards to the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. She is very proud of her accomplishments and fundraising efforts during her tenure with Oxfam."

In this Sept. 3, 2013 file photo, actress Scarlett Johansson poses for photographers on the red carpet for the screening of the film "Under The
In this Sept. 3, 2013 file photo, actress Scarlett Johansson poses for photographers on the red carpet for the screening of the film "Under The Skin" at the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)

Earlier this month, "The Avengers" actress signed up to endorse SodaStream International Ltd., and is supposed to appear in a commercial for the at-home soda maker Sunday during the Super Bowl, according to the New York Daily News.

So, in other words, SodaStream pays better.

SodaStream operates a large factory in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank, a territory captured by Israel in 1967 during the Six-Day War that Palestinians still claim.

Johansson said last week she was a "supporter of economic cooperation and social interaction between a democratic Israel and Palestine."

Oxfam didn't much like that, saying it was "considering the implications of her new statement and what it means for Ms. Johansson's role as an Oxfam global ambassador."

Quick question: Why would anyone really care what Scarlett Johansson thinks about anything? Unless, of course, she finds men who write for newspapers devilishly attractive.

The Daily News said Johansson served as a global ambassador for Oxfam since 2007, raising funds and promoting awareness about global poverty. In that role, she traveled to India, Sri Lanka and Kenya to highlight the impact of traumatic disasters and chronic poverty.

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