A day after news broke out that Natalie Portman opted to skip out of an award ceremony in her home country, Israel, the actress finally reveals the real reason behind her choice. But the mistreatment of those suffering from todays atrocities is simply not in line with my Jewish values.
Portman said because she cares about Israel, "I must stand up against violence, corruption, inequality, and abuse of power".
"They should think seriously about why a prominent and proud Israeli-American might be so distressed by the situation in Israel today", Jeremy Ben-Ami, J Street's president, said in a statement.
In her explanation, Portman says she didn't want to give the impression that she supported the actions of Israel's current government by attending, though she also notes she is not part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement now calling for a boycott of Israel in support of Palestinians.
According to Portman, who posted a statement on Instagram, her decision has been mischaracterized.
Portman had said the "recent events in Israel have been extremely distressing to her" and that "she can not in good conscience move forward with the ceremony".
Born in Jerusalem to a doctor father and an artist mother, 36-year-old Portman won a best actress Oscar for 2010's psychological ballet thriller Black Swan.
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As for the $1 million prize money offered to the annual winners-which have included Michael Bloomberg, Michael Douglas, Itzhak Perlman, and Anish Kapoor-it remains unclear whether or not Portman still has a check coming in the mail or not.
This experience has inspired me to support a number of charities in Israel. Attributed in past to former mayor of NY Michael Bloomberg or also actor Michael Douglas, Genesis recognizes career paths that "inspire for his dedication to Jewish community and Jewish values".
The Genesis Prize Foundation has since canceled this year's ceremony.
The Genesis Prize has been awarded since 2014 to individuals for excellence in their professional fields and "who inspire others through their dedication to the Jewish community and Jewish values". She also said that she did not endorse the BDS movement.
J Street, the liberal Zionist group, said that Portman had a right to express her concerns, and condemned the Israeli officials who have attacked her on Friday. I will be announcing m soon, and I hope ors will join me in supporting great work y are doing.
Portman, a Jerusalem native, did not specify which recent events led to her decision.
Politician Oren Hazan, of the right-wing Likud party, said it was "complete craziness" Portman had been selected for the Genesis Prize and called her "unworthy of any honour in the State of Israel".