Hollywood star Natalie Portman boycotts Israel event

Hollywood star Natalie Portman boycotts Israel event

The event honors Jewish individuals who excel in their professional fields and this year's ceremony was going to celebrate Portman, an Israeli-born actress, for her success.

However, representatives for The Genesis Prize Foundation issued a statement on their website on Thursday revealing that Natalie will no longer travel to Israel to collect the prize, which has been dubbed the "Jewish Nobel".

After Portman's refusal, the Genesis Prize Foundation 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". "We fear that Portman's decision will cause our philanthropic initiative to be politicised, something we have worked hard for the past five years to avoid", the statement added.

Instead, the Genesis Prize Foundation will decide where the money goes.

A source at the foundation told Haaretz that Portman did not intend to return the $1m cash prize that comes with the award. Israel has met significant global criticism for its response to protests on the Gaza border in which dozens of Palestinians have been killed.

Miri Regev, the Israeli Minister of Culture and Sport, said that he was "saddened" by Portman's decision, and connected the move to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Actors from around the globe have been invited to be a part of Genesis awards ceremony where people from around the Jew community are rewarded for their hardwork. The attack left dozens of Palestinians dead and hundreds injured.

The Genesis Prize was established by Mikhail Fridman and other wealthy Russian-Jewish businessmen and operates in a partnership with Israel's Prime Minister's Office and the Jewish Agency for Israel.

Portman's criticizing of Netanyahu dates back to his 2015 election day video message on Facebook urging supporters to hurry up and vote as, "The right-wing government is in danger, Arab voters are heading to the polling stations in droves".

The movement says that to "works to end worldwide support for Israel's oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with global law".

"We, who have such a history with antisemitism, should understand the danger of racism and of how we treat minorities, and I felt that his comments were very much not showing a Jewish spirit of equality and dignity and peace", said Portman. You know, s--- on Israel. The list of recipients of $1 million prize includes artist Anish Kapoor, violinist Itzhak Perlman, former Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg and Hollywood star Michael Douglas.

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