Oscar-winning Natalie Portman denied all accusation of endorsing a boycott of Israel, which followed her decision to pass on a Genesis Prize ceremony, dubbed the "Jewish Nobel Prize".
Portmansaid her decision to stay away from the award ceremony had been "mischaracterized", insisting that she wanted to set the record straight and "speak for myself". But the mis treatment of the experiencing rsquo & today;s atrocities is not consistent line with my values.
Portman said because she cares about Israel, "I must stand up against violence, corruption, inequality, and abuse of power".
"Like many Israelis and Jews around the world, I can be critical of the leadership in Israel without wanting to boycott the entire nation", she said. The Black Swan actress also explained she was not a part of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
She said recent developments were "extremely distressing" to her and she could not "in good conscience move forward with the ceremony".
"She left Israel at age four, and has no real connection to the state", added Hazan, a member of the ruling Likud party. According to Haaretz, Israeli philanthropist Morris Kahn promised to double Portman's $1 million grant, bringing the total prize money to $2 million, on condition that it also be "re-gifted" to charities, as is customary with recipients of the award.
Previous Hollywood honorees of the Genesis Prize include actor Michael Douglas and musician Itzhak Perlman, who has performed scores for films including Schindler's List, Hero and Memoirs of a Geisha. Portman was announced as the 2018 laureate in November for a prize that "honors individuals who serve as an inspiration to the next generation of Jews through their outstanding professional achievement along with their commitment to Jewish values and the Jewish people".
The foundation had to cancel the award ceremony scheduled for June 28 due the actress' decision.
Israel has drawn global criticism for its response to Palestinian protests on the Gaza-Israel border during the last three weeks, in which its troops have killed 35 Palestinians have wounded hundreds.
Following Portman's decision, the organisation, Genesis Prize Foundation (GPF), chose to cancel its annual ceremony which was scheduled for June 28. "We fear that Ms. Portman's decision will cause our philanthropic initiative to be politicised, something we have worked hard for the past five years to avoid". "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 sorry to hear that Natalie Portman fell like a ripe fruit into the hands of supporters of the BDS", Regev said.
Hamas, the Islamist militant group that controls Gaza, denies Israel's claims that it is using the protests as cover to launch attacks on the border and on Israeli troops.
Portman then said not to "take any words that do not come directly from me as my own" and said that she would subsequently be supporting multiple charities in Israel, which she would announce at a later date.
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