Backfire: Hundreds of Palestinians Lose Jobs After Activists Push to Boycott Israeli Company that Scarlett Johansson Promoted

by Sharona Schwartz  |  published on March 2, 2016

Hundreds of Palestinian workers have lost their jobs following a boycott campaign against SodaStream, an Israeli company that manufactures home kitchen fizzy drink machines once promoted by Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson.

SodaStream was a prominent target of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Campaign and CODEPINK, because it operated a factory in the West Bank, territory that Palestinians claim as theirs.

An Agence France-Presse photographer captured images Monday of the laid-off Palestinian workers sobbing as they said goodbye to their Israeli colleagues following a decision by the company to move its factory out of the West Bank.

“We’re heartened by all the support that everyone has shown us, but in the end, when I get up tomorrow, I won’t have a job to go to,” Yasin Abu Ateek, a 29-year-old father of two who worked for SodaStream for six years told the Jerusalem Post.

The Post, quoting the company, reported that the Palestinian employees each supported an average of 10 other people with their income.

  • delbert chaudoin

    Screw divestment. If it makes a profit, I’ll buy it. P. C. can kiss where I can’t.

  • Rex Sutton

    just keep on keeping on, on the Trump Train

    • Bob in Florida

      Meaning what?

      What does this have to do with Trump?

      • CHARLES S

        Nothing—-Rex is just being ignorant. This is the fault of CodePink- a woman’s activist group which may have had a part in the Boycott.

        • Bob in Florida

          O.K. – got it!

          Just another group of activists that give no consideration to the unintended consequences of their actions.

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