Natalie Reveals Why She Skipped Genesis Prize Ceremony

By April 20, 2018Nat-news, News

After the announcement that Natalie would not travel to Israel to receive the Genesis Award, yesterday was full of opinion articles and even statements by members of the Israeli government on the matter. Today Natalie has explained her decision, through a message in her instagram account. Here it is:

My decision not to attend the Genesis Prize ceremony has been mischaracterized by others. Let me speak for myself. I chose not to attend because I did not want to appear as endorsing Benjamin Netanyahu, who was to be giving a speech at the ceremony. By the same token, I am not part of the BDS movement and do not endorse it. Like many Israelis and Jews around the world, I can be critical of the leadership in Israel without wanting to boycott the entire nation. I treasure my Israeli friends and family, Israeli food, books, art, cinema, and dance. Israel was created exactly 70 years ago as a haven for refugees from the Holocaust. But the mistreatment of those suffering from today’s atrocities is simply not in line with my Jewish values. Because I care about Israel, I must stand up against violence, corruption, inequality, and abuse of power. Please do not take any words that do not come directly from me as my own. This experience has inspired me to support a number of charities in Israel. I will be announcing them soon, and I hope others will join me in supporting the great work they are doing.

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Join the discussion 6 Comments

  • Alex says:

    No memory’s no future 👎🏿

  • David says:

    Is there a Tommy Bahama in Israel/Pal? It’s the best for rich fat guys.

  • Orit Ben David says:

    Thank you dear. I live in Israel and we need all of you so much to help us make the government see that what it does it is against common sense and humanity. Please continue. Thank for not being passive

  • David says:

    Israelis should think of Palestinians as their lapdogs. Choose traits you’d like to see enriched and then Voila!

  • GARY R DALIN says:

    Natalie has turned her back on her own people out of total ignorance of reality. She goes by Arab propaganda as if it were reliable. Most Israelis now despise her. And hope she will not be a complete hypocrite and accept money from Zionists. May she visit Gaza as a Jew and join the 2 Israeli citizens still held as hostages. And Israel will not redeem her.

  • Hello Mrs. Portman, sincerely speaking, why do you need to keep your Israeli citizenship? Prime Minister Netanyahu is not yet accused of bribery… He is only suspected. When the court will diffuse its verdict, then you can open your mouth and say what lies into your mind. Your rebuke is just not on the right time… Sorry. I appreciated very much the young child in Leo… it teaches you something you aren’t. Good luck. I am Israeli and very proud to be.