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Actor Natalie Portman pulls out of Israeli award ceremony
21 April 2018, 05:25 | Ivan Casey
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"We are very saddened that she has decided not to attend the Genesis Prize Ceremony in Jerusalem for political reasons", the statementsaid, according to the news outlet.
Previously, a representative for Portman did not detail the actor's specific concerns.
Portman's decision not to participate in the ceremony comes as the Israeli military is in the midst of a brutal and deadly crackdown against Palestinian protesters in Gaza. "Let me speak for myself", Portman wrote on Instagram on Friday. The foundation added, "she can not in good conscience move forward with the ceremony". I treasure my Israeli friends and family, Israeli food, books, art, cinema, and dance. "Against. I am very, very upset and disappointed that he was re-elected", she said.
The statement did not refer to specific events, but the recent military response to Palestinian demonstrations on the Gaza-Israel border has provoked global condemnation.
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"This latest rebuff to Israeli cultural events and accolades, coming from an Israeli-American superstar, is arguably one of the strongest indicators yet of how toxic the Israel Brand has become, even in some liberal circles in Hollywood", he said.
The Black Swan actress was named the 2018 Genesis Prize Laureate in November (17) for her commitment to the Jewish people through her professional achievements, and was due to attend a ceremony in her birth city of Jerusalem on 28 June (18).
Portman moved to the United States as a child but was born in Israel. Her success is a great source of pride for many Israelis. Israel believes that they are only using such force to defend their borders and accuse the militant group, Hamas, for carrying out attacks behind the protests.
"The cancellation by Natalie Portman needs to light warning signs", Azaria said in a statement. She identifies with her Jewishness and Israeli-ness. She's expressing the voices of many in US Jewry, and particularly those of the younger generation. This is a community that was always a significant anchor for the state of Israel. "Losing them might be too high a price".
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Israeli government officials are scolding Natalie Portman after the Jerusalem-born actress declined to accept a million-dollar award because of "recent events" in the country.
This is not the first-time Portman has spoken out with regard to Israel.
Politician Oren Hazan, of the right-wing Likud social gathering, stated it was "full craziness" Portman had been chosen for the Genesis Prize - often known as the "Jewish Nobel prize" - and referred to as her "unworthy of any honour within the State of Israel".
The prize ceremony will reportedly be cancelled as a result of Portman's decision. Supporters of the movement nevertheless used Portman's action as ammo, citing it as growing evidence of prominent figures becoming more dissatisfied with Israel's policies.
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