Natalie Portman Backs Out Of Israel Award Over 'Recent Events'

Natalie Portman Backs Out Of Israel Award Over 'Recent Events'

The foundation apologised for the cancellation of the ceremony that was to be held in June, "particularly to the hundreds of worldwide guests who made plans to fly to Jerusalem to honour Ms Portman and celebrate the contribution of Jewish women to humanity, the main theme of this year's ceremony".

The Genesis base said it was "very saddened" by Portman's determination.

Citing "distressing" recent events, Hollywood star Natalie Portman said she can not participate in an award ceremony in Israel.

While the foundation did not specify Portman's reasoning, the announcement comes less than a week after the European Union called for an investigation into the Israeli military's use of live ammunion in an attack along the Gaza border that left dozens of Palestinians dead and hundreds wounded.

Regev said she was sorry that Portman had "fallen like ripe fruit into the hands of BDS supporters".

In 2015, she told The Hollywood Reporter she was "very, very upset and disappointed" by the re-election of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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"Natalie Portman's cancellation should be a warning sign", she tweeted.

Much of the US Jewish community has been at odds with Israel's right-wing government in recent years over the latter's position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its support for ultra-Orthodox Jewry on issues of religious identity and practice.

The Oscar-winning actress was awarded the Genesis Prize, a one-million-dollar prize granted annually to Jewish people who have made outstanding achievements in their fields.

It was not clear whether she would still be eligible for the prize money, which had been doubled by a donation from the Israeli philanthropist Morris Kahn.

She can not in good conscience move forward with the ceremony. The Genesis Prize is given to those who are considered an inspiration to the future generation of Jews through their commitment to Jewish values, social justice, tolerance and charity, according to the Foundation's website. She also directed and starred in a Hebrew-language adaptation of Israeli novelist Amos Oz's memoir, "A Tale of Love and Darkness".

Portman was announced as the 2018 Genesis Prize Laureate in November and she committed to "re-gift" the $1 million in prize money to advance women's equality, the organization said in a statement.

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