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‘Sex and the City’ Star Affected By Middle East Politics

Kristin Davis, the actress best known for her role as WASP-dreamgirl-cum-nice-Jewish-wife Charlotte York Goldenblatt on Sex and the City, found herself unintentionally affected by the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Davis was working as a spokeswoman for Oxfam International, only to be shown … Read More

By / August 6, 2009

Kristin Davis, the actress best known for her role as WASP-dreamgirl-cum-nice-Jewish-wife Charlotte York Goldenblatt on Sex and the City, found herself unintentionally affected by the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Davis was working as a spokeswoman for Oxfam International, only to be shown the door. According to today’s New York Post, Davis’ endorsement deal with Ahava cosmetics was at odds with Oxfam’s political policies.

Because Ahava is made by Dead Sea Cosmetics in the Mitzhe Shalem Jewish settlement in the West Bank, it’s been controversial — the leftist women’s peace group Code Pink, which accuses America of "war crimes," has called for a boycott, saying Ahava uses Palestinian natural resources in what it calls "Occupied Palestine."

As for Davis’ side, the Post reports:

 

Our source said Davis "has been very active with both Oxfam and Ahava, and is very passionate about the causes of Oxfam. She was completely unaware of this conflict of interest and is saddened to be on public pause from a group she has devoted so much time, money, and support to."

Ahava, for the record, had no comment.

While Davis seems like a perfectly nice person who happened to get swept up in controversy around her multiple projects, I do find it interesting that it was Oxfam – the charitable organization – and not Ahava – the for-profit company – who dropped her. I’m also willing to bet that Oxfam doesn’t pay her for her work or only covers travel expenses, while Ahava employs her, but that’s purely speculative at this point.

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