For American Jewish left-wing activists, Natalie Portman's announcement Friday that she would skip a Jerusalem award ceremony in light of "recent events in Israel" came as a sign that they, finally, are winning.
Portman's prize snub sparked angry reaction from Israeli officials, with lawmaker Oren Hazan calling for the revocation of her citizenship.
The actress alludes without naming situation that lives on Gaza border since 30 March, when a wave of protests began that has claimed life of 38 Palestinians by gunfire by Israeli troops and more than a thousand have been wounded by ammunition rea L. The death of a 15-year-old boy's shot shocked Palestinian society on Friday.
Actress Natalie Portman has taken a stand against the Israeli government following the horrific killings at the Gaza border by saying she won't be visiting the country for the Genesis Award ceremony. "Let me speak for myself", Portman said.More news: Putin, Trump will not allow armed confrontation between Russia, US - Lavrov
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Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, was supposed to give a speech during Portman's acceptance ceremony and she said she didn't want her attendance to be misinterpreted like she was endorsing the politician. I treasure family and my friendsfood items, books, art, cinema, and dancing. "But the mistreatment of those suffering from today's atrocities is simply not in line with my Jewish values", she wrote. By same token, I am not part of BDS movement and do not endorse it. I must stand against corruption, violence, inequality, and abuse of electricity as I really care about Israel.
According to the foundation's website, the Genesis Prize is given to those people who are considered to be an inspiration to the future generation of the Jews via the commitment they have towards Jewish values, social justice, tolerance and charity. Like Many Israelis and Jews around world, I can be critical of leadership in Israel without wanting to boycott entire nation.
"Please do not choose any phrases that do not arrive out of me personally as my own personal".
"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. Prior recipients Consist of former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, celebrity Michael Douglas, violinist Itzhak Perlman and sculptor Anish Kapoor. I will be announcing them soon, and I hope others will join me in supporting the great work they are doing. She won the Best Actress Oscar in 2010 for her role in "Black Swan".
The Genesis Prize Foundation also chose to cancel the ceremony, stating that the organizers "fear that Ms. Portman's decision will cause our philanthropic initiative to be politicized, something we have worked hard for the past five years to avoid".