Because I did not want to appear as endorsing Benjamin Netanyahu, who was to be giving a speech in the 27, I chose never to attend.
Actress Natalie Portman has announced that she won't attend to the June awards service of the so called "Jewish Nobel" trophy there regardless winning the honour, the Genesis Prize basis said Thursday. "Portman, a Jewish actress born in Israel, joins those who tell the successful, wondrous founding of the State of Israel as "a tale of darkness and darkness", he said.
"I was very sorry to hear that Portman fell like a ripe fruit into the hands of BDS supporters", Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev said, according to Arutz Sheva. Portman has pledged to donate $2 million to Israeli NGOs defending women's rights.
Instead, the Genesis Prize Foundation will decide where the money goes.
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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". Natalie has not gone into specifics about why she decided not to attend, but Israeli government officials are now slamming her for scrapping the visit. I treasure my Israeli friends and family, Israeli food, books, art, cinema, and dance.
Israel has been facing global criticism due to their use of lethal force against mass protests along the Gaza border, which is being led by an Islamic militant group that rules the territory.
Without Portman's participation this year, Genesis Foundation has announced that it would cancel the ceremony out of fears that her decision would "cause our philanthropic initiative to be politicized, something we have worked hard for the past five years to avoid".
Writing for Mondoweiss, Philip Weiss said that Israel had finally lost its glow with American Jews after its killing of unarmed protesters. The recent events in question are most certainly the protests on the Israel-Gaza border, which, in the past three weeks, has seen more than 35 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces. Israel was created exactly 70 years ago as a haven for refugees from Holocaust. "But the mistreatment of those suffering from today's atrocities is simply not in line with my Jewish values", she wrote. I must stand against corruption, violence, inequality, and abuse of electricity as I really care about Israel.
Genesis was awarded to Portman for "his deep connection with Jewish and Israeli roots" and "for exemplifying character and values of Jewish people of tenacity, work, pursuit of excellence, intellectual curiosity and desire to contribute to world being A better place". "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.