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Natalie’s Choice

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The winner of this year’s Genesis Prize, the American-Israeli actress Natalie Portman, announced she will not attend the award ceremony for the prize in light of “recent events” in Israel. Due to her announcement, the prize committee canceled the ceremony, but not the prize – worth $1 million, which will be donated to charitable organizations of her choosing. But businessman Morris Kahn will not contribute the $1 million he had decided to add to the prize to be distributed by Portman.

Portman’s announcement led to severe criticism from government representatives, who said she supports the boycott movement against Israel. Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev accused Portman of “falling like ripe fruit into the hands of the supporters of BDS.” Regev said she was sorry to hear the “Jewish actress who was born in Israel has joined those who tell the successful, wondrous rebirth of Israel as a tale of darkness and darkness.”

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