Natalie Portman’s snub - Opinion

Natalie Portman’s snub

Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 8:03 am

Last week was supposed to be focused on celebration of the state of Israel and the recognition that 70 years after David Ben-Gurion declared the country’s independence, the Jewish state is a strong and prosperous first-world nation in the heart of the Middle East. But along with the parades and the parties came the news that Natalie Portman, one of the most visible pro-Israel faces in Hollywood, was declining to participate in what was to be the June conferral on her of the annual Genesis Foundation Prize in Israel.

At the time, by way of a statement attributed to Portman’s representative and released on Yom Ha’atzmaut itself, the explanation was offered that given “recent events in Israel [that] have been extremely distressing to her,” the Jerusalem-born Portman “does not feel comfortable participating in any public events in Israel.” We assumed that by “recent events,” Portman meant the dozens of deaths of Palestinians in Gaza, shot at by Israeli soldiers who officials say were responding to violent terrorists and would-be terrorists attempting to breach the border.

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