NEW YORK- Oscar winning actress Natalie Portman has pulled out of a major award ceremony due to take place in Israel, citing her “distress” at recent events in the country.
Portman will not attend the 2018 Genesis Award in Jerusalem where she would of been honored the recipient of the “Jewish Nobel Prize” worth two million dollars.
Portman who is Jerusalem-born and holds both U.S. and Israeli citizenship, her representative informed the foundation that, “recent events in Israel have been extremely distressing to her and she does not feel comfortable participating in any public events in Israel.”
Her representative made no specific mentions on which event but it is widely known that the recent Israeli military response against demonstrations by Palestinians on the border between Israel and Gaza which have called for worldwide condemnation, after dozens were killed by the Israeli army.
Her decision caused outrage amongst Israel’s ruling government Likud party.
Oren Hazan Knesset member demanded authorities to revoke her citizenship while the culture minister, Miri Regev referred to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign, claimed she had “fallen like ripe fruit into the hands of BDS supporters.”, as BDS hailed her decision not to attend.
This is really courageous from Natalie Portman, and given the amount of bile and bullying she'll get over it, everyone should show her support ✊ https://t.co/dXfXKGU9Gk
— Owen Jones🌹 (@OwenJones84) April 23, 2018
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