Natalie Portman Refuses To Travel To Israel To Attend Jewish Noble Prize Ceremony Over Recent Distressing Political Events
On 22nd April 2018
The Annihilation actress has refused to attend the Jewish award ceremony and has also refused to collect her prize money over the recent political events, as claimed by the actress herself in her Instagram post. According to Portman, mistreatment of those suffering from today's atrocities do not fall in line with her Jewish believes and for this reason, she is raising her voice against this and inspired by this she is supporting a number of charities in Israel, about which she will be updating soon.
#1 Natalie Portman Selected For The Upcoming Genesis Prize Money
The ever so graceful star Natalie Portman won a prestigious Israeli award for her achievements. The award ceremony also dubbed as Jewish Nobel prize ceremony. The prize is awarded to those extraordinary individuals who through their work achievements serve as an inspiration for the next Jewish generation. Previous recipients of this award include former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, actor Michael Douglas, violinist Itzhak Perlman and sculptor Anish Kapoor.
#2 Portman Has Refused To Attend The Ceremony, Following Distressing Political Leadership By Israeli Government
The award ceremony was to be held on June 28, but following the refusal of American Jewish actress, the award ceremony has been reportedly postponed. The actress said that following the recent political events have been distressing for her. She is not comfortable in attending any event in Israel following the severe criticism and backlash Israel is facing for firing over unarmed Palestinians in Gaza strip.
#3 Portman Says She Is Not Comfortable In Participating In Any Public Events In Israel
Portman who was born in Israel and holds dual Jewish and US citizenship earlier in 2018 announced that she is proud of her Israeli roots and Jewish heritage. However, the actress's representative said that "recent events in Israel have been extremely distressing to her and she does not feel comfortable participating in any public events in Israel".
#4 Portman Is Criticised By Israeli Minister Of Culture And Sports
Portman's decision to boycott from the ceremony drew criticism from a number of people including Israeli minister of culture and sports, Miri Regev who claimed that Portman has fallen victim in the hands of BDS movement. The statement read, "I was saddened to hear that Natalie Portman has fallen as a ripe fruit in the hands of BDS supporters," Regev said, associating the actress' act with the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement that protests Israel over its treatment of Palestinians and the West Bank.