ZOA in retreat and on attack - www.jewishaz.com: Opinion

ZOA in retreat and on attack

Posted: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 12:07 pm

Say what you want about Zionist Organization of America President Mort Klein, but he sure knows how to apologize. After criticizing actress Natalie Portman’s announcement that she would not accept the Genesis Prize in Israel, he said that her decision “gives credibility and legitimacy to the ludicrous, false, nonsensical belief that beautiful women aren’t too bright.” Shortly thereafter, he did a quick retreat.

“Although not intended, I now realize that my comment could be construed as offensive, and I sincerely apologize for it,” he wrote in contrition. “I do not retract my criticism of Ms. Portman’s decision not to go to Israel and accept the award, but I should have focused solely on her decision, without any reference to gender or appearance.”

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