Natalie Portman Will Not Accept An Award In Israel Citing Recent Events

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"However, we are very saddened that she has decided not to attend the Genesis Prize Ceremony in Jerusalem for political reasons", the statement said. Because I did not want to appear as endorsing Benjamin Netanyahu, who was to be giving a speech in the 27, I chose never to attend. Insinuating that the actress has given in to pressure from the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Government ministers said Portman appeared to have been manipulated by the Palestinian-led global campaign to boycott Israel.

Israel has been criticised for its response to mass protests on the Gaza-Israel border, in which 36 Palestinians have been killed and hundreds wounded by Israeli fire since March 30. I treasure family and my friendsfood items, books, art, cinema, and dancing.

Mentioning that Israel just celebrated its 70th birthday, she suggested that the Jewish state should stand against oppression since it was born in the aftermath of the Holocaust.

"Portman wrote in a statement, "[.] the mistreatment of those suffering from today's atrocities is simply not in line with my Jewish values.

The representatives of the Oscar-winning actor said that she pulled out of the Genesis Prize ceremony, scheduled to be held in June in Jerusalem, because she was disturbed by the recent events.

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"I was very sorry to hear that Portman fell like a ripe fruit into the hands of BDS supporters", Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev said, according to Arutz Sheva.

Minister of Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan expressed disappointment at Portman's cancellation, and his office issued a statement saying she had been "duped by Hamas propaganda".

When Portman was announced late past year as the 2018 recipient, she said in a statement released by organizers at the time that she was "proud of my Israeli roots and Jewish heritage". "We dread that Ms. Portman's determination would make our philanthropic initiative to be politicized, some thing we have worked hard for the last five years to avert", it stated.

"I can not support the decision of canceling an appearance due to 'recent events in Israel, '" Kahn said in the statement, which first appeared in The Jerusalem Post.

The Genesis Prize honors extraordinary individuals who serve as an inspiration to the next generation of Jews through their outstanding professional achievement and commitment to the Jewish people and Jewish values, such as social justice, tolerance and charity.

The reference at the end of that quote refers to Portman's 2015 directorial debut A Tale of Love and Darkness, a film about Israeli author Amos Oz that takes place during the early years of the state of Israel. The iconic role of Dolly Levi marked Midler's return to the Broadway musical stage, shattering box office records at the Shubert Theatre as she won the Tony for best actress in a musical.