Former Pink Floyd frontman and rock legend Roger Waters has added his voice to the critics of the controversial SodaStream Super Bowl ad this week.
He condemned actress Scarlett Johansson’s decision to leave an international charity organization for an Israeli soda manufacturing company.
Waters took to his official Facebook page this week and said he had written privately to Johansson twice in recent days but received no answer.
The musician recalled meeting Johansson at a rock concert and being impressed by her commitment to human rights.
“I confess I was somewhat smitten,” he wrote. “There’s no fool like an old fool.”
However, her decision to prefer SodaStream over Oxfam, that too using the excuse that Palestinian workers in the factory have equal pay, benefits and rights, was reprehensible.
SodaStream reportedly employs 1,300 workers, including 500 Palestinians, in the Mishor Adumim industrial park which is located in a West Bank settlement – an Israeli occupied territory deemed as illegal by the international community.
In order to make his case, Waters asked Johansson a series of questions, which he believed shared the same answer - no.
1. Do they have the right to vote?
2. Do they have access to the roads?
3. Can they travel to their work place without waiting for hours to pass through the occupying forces control barriers?
4. Do they have clean drinking water?
5. Do they have sanitation?
6. Do they have citizenship?
7. Do they have the right not to have the standard issue kicking in their door in the middle of the night and taking their children away?
8. Do they have the right to appeal against arbitrary and indefinite imprisonment?
9. Do they have the right to re-occupy the property and homes they owned before 1948?
10. Do they have the right to an ordinary, decent human family life?
11. Do they have the right to self determination?
12. Do they have the right to continue to develop a cultural life that is ancient and profound?
As of yet, the actress hasn’t issued any response to Waters’ Facebook post.
Addressing himself to Johansson, who was named Esquire’s sexiest woman alive for the second time last year, Waters concluded:
“You are undeniably cute, but if you think Soda Stream is building bridges towards peace you are also undeniably not paying attention.”
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