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Natalie Portman Breaks Silence After Declining to Accept Award in Israel

21 April 2018

Natalie Portman said she was boycotting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because of "atrocities" committed in Israel on his watch, but emphasized that she would not shun Israel. "O, corruption, inequality, and abuse of power".

Portman's decision provoked heavy criticism from Israel's governing Likud party, with one politician calling for her to be stripped of her citizenship.

In a statement published on her Instagram account, Portman explained that her decision not to appear at the ceremony "has been mischaracterized".

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The daily protests, dubbed "The Great March of Return", began on March 30 along the Israel-Gaza frontier, reviving a longstanding demand for the right of return of Palestinian refugees to towns and villages from which their families fled or were driven out when the state of Israel was created. But Portman will no longer choose the recipients, owing to her refusal to attend the award ceremony, according to a statement by Israeli philanthropist Morris Kahn, who supplied half of this year's award. "I am proud of my Israeli roots and Jewish heritage; they are crucial parts of who I am".

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She stressed that she had no intention of abandoning Israel or shunning its culture. I treasure family and my friendsfood items, books, art, cinema, and dancing.

When Portman, who was born in Jerusalem and holds dual Israeli and U.S. citizenship, was announced as the 2018 recipient late a year ago she said was "proud of my Israeli roots and Jewish heritage".

They went on to say that they feared Portman's choice would "trigger our philanthropic initiative to be politicised".

Portman's decision, which she said was "mischaracterised by others", had caused a minor backlash in Israel on Friday after organisers of the prestigious Genesis Prize award ceremony said they cancelled the prize-giving.

In the wake of Portman's decision, the Genesis Prize Foundation said it would distribute the $2 million to women's rights groups, but not those of Portman's choosing.

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After the 36-year-old backed out of the ceremony, Genesis Prize Foundation was forced to cancel the event.

The prize was launched in 2013 to recognize Jewish achievement and contributions to humanity. By the same token, I am not part of the BDS [Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions ] movement and do not endorse it. "Against. I am very, very upset and disappointed that he was re-elected".

She asked people to "not take any words that do not come directly from me as my own".

Previous winners have included former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, sculptor Anish Kapoor, violinist Itzhak Perlman and Hollywood actor Michael Douglas, all of whom donated their prize money to charitable causes.

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Natalie Portman Breaks Silence After Declining to Accept Award in Israel