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        2/13/2014, Adar 13, 5774

      Scarlett Johansson Thanks Supporters After Boycott Pressure

      Johansson faced criticism from left-wing groups for agreeing to represent SodaStream, which has a factory in the Israeli city of Maaleh Adumim, east of the 1949 armistice line.

      Within Israel Maaleh Adumim is widely viewed as a “settlement bloc” which will remain permanently Israeli; however, many European groups oppose all Israeli presence east of the armistice line – even the presence of factories such as SodaStream’s which employ Palestinian Arabs. Johansson came under heavy pressure to cut her ties with SodaStream.