"My decision not to attend the Genesis Prize ceremony has been mischaracterized by others", she said.
Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman said she chose not to attend a ceremony in Israel to accept a million-dollar prize because she did not want to be seen as supporting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was scheduled to speak at the event. "The staff of the Foundation enjoyed getting to know her over the past six months, admires her humanity, and respects her right to publicly disagree with the policies of the government of Israel", read a statement from the Genesis Prize Foundation. I do not endorse it and am not part of their BDS motion.
Natalie Portman has made a decision to pull out of attending an awards ceremony in Jerusalem, due to the distress from the country's recent events.
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Known by some as the "Jewish Nobel", the Genesis Prize ceremony was due to take place in June, but the 36-year-old actress has reached out to the organisers to explain just why she will not be flying to the country for the celebrations.
To refrain further misunderstandings and hearsays on the matter, Portman chose to air her statement. I treasure family and my friendsfood items, books, art, cinema, and dancing. Israel has met significant global criticism for its response to protests on the Gaza border in which dozens of Palestinians have been killed. Portman's decision also coincides the Israel marking 70 years of its existence. Organizers said they had been notified by the actress's representatives that "recent events in Israel have been extremely distressing to her and she does not feel comfortable participating in any public events in Israel". Like Many Israelis and Jews around world, I can be critical of leadership in Israel without wanting to boycott entire nation.
Israel said that it is defending its border and accuses Gaza's rulers, the Islamic militant Hamas group, of trying to carry out attacks under the guise of protests. Portman was announced as the 2018 laureate in November for a prize that "honors individuals who serve as an inspiration to the next generation of Jews through their outstanding professional achievement along with their commitment to Jewish values and the Jewish people". But the mistreatment of those suffering from todays atrocities is simply not in line with my Jewish values. I must stand against corruption, violence, inequality, and abuse of electricity as I really care about Israel.
"This experience has inspired me to support a number of charities in Israel", she said. "I have done a lot of peaceful protesting in my time, and what Palestinians in Gaza are doing at the Great March of Return is the exact same thing", they said.