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The Gaza killings have hurt Israel’s image in the world, and tonight the damage got even bigger. In an astonishing move, the Israeli-American film star Natalie Portman, 36, informed an Israeli foundation she would not show up at the awards ceremony for Israel’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize, because, as the JTA reports:

The [Genesis] foundation said that Portman’s representative notified it that “[r]ecent events in Israel have been extremely distressing to her and she does not feel comfortable participating in any public events in Israel” and that “she cannot in good conscience move forward with the ceremony.”

The statement is surely a reference to Israel’s killing of nearly 40 unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza, which have shocked Jews around the world.

The story has garnered instant international attention. CNN, the Guardian, the Forward.

Genesis has cancelled the awards ceremony, out of “fear that Ms. Portman’s decision will cause our philanthropic initiative to be politicized.”

The $1 million prize was announced last November (and subsequently doubled to $2 million). Tonight Hasbara Central is burning midnight oil to try and counter this stunning blow from a woman who was born in Israel, and has in the past spoken out in support of the Jewish state. In the highly-competitive world of media and film, we can only guess what kind of courage this move has taken, not to mention the potential tensions with Israeli relatives.

Portman has long resisted calls to boycott the state. She has been highly critical of Benjamin Netanyahu, decrying his racism, but insisted:

 “I feel like there’s some people who become prominent, and then it’s out in the foreign press. You know, shit on Israel. I do not. I don’t want to do that.”

1995 image of Natalie Portman in Israel, once tweeted by a pro-Israel group

She directed a film based on liberal Zionist hero Amos Oz’s Jerusalem memoir, A Tale of Love and Darkness.

And recently Portman has been outspoken about sexual harassment in Hollywood.

This is a shock for all Israel supporters. Oren Hazan, the unhinged Likud member of Knesset, called for the government to strip Portman of her citizenship.

“From the outset, the idea of granting the Genesis Prize to Natalie Portman was complete craziness,” Hazan said. “[She is] a Jewish Israeli, who on the one hand cynically uses her birthplace to advance her career and on the other is proud of the fact that she managed to avoid enlisting in the IDF. She’s an actress, but she is unworthy of any honor in the State of Israel.”

Miri Regev, culture minister, has said that Portman “succumbed to BDS.” JPost quotes Regev: “Natalie, a Jewish actress who was born in Israel, joins those who see the story of the wondrous success of the rebirth of Israel as a ‘story of darkness and darkness.'” Lara Friedman of Foundation for Middle East Peace comments:

Israel’s message to Natalie Portman & the world: In today’s political climate, no public act of meaningful opposition to Israeli policy will be tolerated. If you’re surprised it comes to this then you haven’t been paying attention.

Daniella Greenbaum, columnist at Business Insider, declares Portman has embarrassed Jews to the outside world (a shanda):

The Genesis Prize ceremony has just been cancelled because Natalie Portman, who was awarded the prize, has decided that recent events in Israel make her “uncomfortable participating in any public events in Israel.”

this is ridiculous and a shanda and sad and someone with more of a following than me like or or should tell the world

One person with such a following is Shmuley Boteach, who rises to the challenge:

Why would Natalie Portman suddenly attack Israel & say she won’t visit? Speak out against the gassing of innocent Arab children in Syria. Not democratic Israel. What is it about Hollywood and their scapegoating of Israel. Natalie, Israel are the good guys!

Portman won an Oscar in 2011 for her role as a ballerina in Black Swan, and she was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in Jackie, a 2016 biopic about Jacqueline Kennedy. Her acting talent is unquestionable. We can only hope that she continues to get excellent roles, following this courageous act.

Lately one of us wrote that Israel had lost American Jews with the killings of unarmed protesters. This is a sign that assertion is true.

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  1. jsinton
    jsinton
    April 19, 2018, 9:33 pm

    Hooray! I’ll start watching her films again now. Ethics transcend money for once. Where’s Soda-Stream Scarlett on this? Somebody get a statement from her.

  2. Bumblebye
    Bumblebye
    April 19, 2018, 10:45 pm

    The article doesn’t make clear that she’s supposed to have won this prize? What on earth for? Has she done something that could equate to a Nobel prize winner?
    Even where I read it earlier didn’t make clear she’d won – I assumed she was a prominent invitee and wondered why that seemed to throw the cat among the pigeons.

  3. Qualtrough
    Qualtrough
    April 19, 2018, 10:50 pm

    All hasbara hands on deck! This is not a drill.

  4. April 19, 2018, 10:52 pm

    echi – straw or no straw?

    I’m sure Natalie is all cozied up to her soda stream beverage while watching “You don’t mess with the Zohan” for the 10th time. Life is good in Jerusalem – for the Zionists like Portman.

    How many murdered Palestinians does it take to convince a Zionist that they support genocide? Assuming they give a shit.

  5. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    April 19, 2018, 11:46 pm

    I’ve admired Natalie Portman’s acting since I saw her in Anywhere But Here (1999).

  6. JWalters
    JWalters
    April 19, 2018, 11:48 pm

    My profound thanks and respect to Natalie Portman for her just plain courage. I wish Rachel Maddow had one thimblefull of Portman’s courage.

    The world needs to move forward, not backward 20 centuries. New chapters in history are being created, and Natalie Portman is a part of that progress.

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      April 20, 2018, 10:12 am

      @JWalters

      Agreed!!

      Well done Ms. Portman!! If per chance you are reading this, how about giving Scarlett Johansson a call and setting her straight?

  7. CigarGod
    CigarGod
    April 20, 2018, 12:01 am

    Excellent.

  8. Marnie
    Marnie
    April 20, 2018, 12:23 am

    Not a fan of Portman at all but would have to say this is her best work. Maybe her actions will give others the courage to speak out.

    ‘this is ridiculous and a shanda and sad and someone with more of a following than me like @jpodhoretz or @bariweiss or @Yair_Rosenberg should tell the world’

    The shanda is on the zionist state dear, not the messenger.

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      April 20, 2018, 12:01 pm

      “someone with more of a following than me like”

      That’s some trio of ‘influencers’ she appealed to for help! And here they come, shovels in hand.

  9. Kay24
    Kay24
    April 20, 2018, 6:10 am

    Good for her. I always liked Natalie Portman, and so glad she finally rejected that dark side.

    Darth Bibi Vader must be furious.

    May the force be with her.

  10. Paranam Kid
    Paranam Kid
    April 20, 2018, 7:27 am

    Daniella Greenbaum: …. this is ridiculous and a shanda and sad ….
    I wish someone would challenge Greenbaum and ask why Portman’s decision is ridiculous, a shanda, and sad. When Zionists are challenged on a nonsensical personal attack, typically, but not only, for the use of “antisemitism”, they run away because they cannot justify their smear.

    Similarly, I am sure Greenbaum would not be able to justify her emotionally charged nonsense either.

    • MHughes976
      MHughes976
      April 20, 2018, 9:24 am

      I followed the link to Greenbaum at Business Insider, finding that she is being challenged there quite strongly

      • guyn
        guyn
        April 20, 2018, 4:03 pm

        Good, not just the zionists which can expressed strongly their opinions.

      • Marnie
        Marnie
        April 21, 2018, 8:37 am

        Thanks for the heads up on that, it was great to read the schooling provided to greenbaum.

    • echinococcus
      echinococcus
      April 20, 2018, 10:44 am

      Of course that Ziobeetle Greenbaum can justify those words.

      It’s effectively “ridiculous” for a Zionist to get disgusted to the point of revolt just by a few more murders, when all their history has already been one long genocide and war of aggression. It is a “Schande”, by definition, because it exposes the murderous abomination of Zionism outside the chosen tribe; finally it is certainly sad for Zionists to see that even their own born-and-bred Zionists find Zionism too disgusting for their constitution.

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      April 21, 2018, 7:45 pm

      “ask why Portman’s decision is ridiculous, a shanda, and sad.”

      Because when Daniella Greenbaum wrote that stuff, she felt like a Chief Rabbiette!
      Zionists descend to a mortifying level of religious backbiting. Does anybody ever tell them it is not an edifying spectacle?

  11. Ismail
    Ismail
    April 20, 2018, 8:02 am

    Would have been better if she’d accepted the prize, gave an acceptance speech detailing with great specificity exactly what she found so terrible about Israel’s behavior (instead of the anodyne “I’m distressed about recent events”), and donated the 2 million bucks in prize money to the journalists, teachers and nurses of Gaza.

    I know, I know, the perfect is the enemy of the good. But where Phil and James see Portman’s decision as a bellwether of significant change in attitudes towards Israel, I see it as a transient blip caused by the grotesque savagery of “recent events”. Encase the inescapable brutality of Zionism within the velvet glove of some PR savvy type like Yair Lapid and you get more of the same for Palestinians and not a peep from Ms. Portman.

  12. Citizen
    Citizen
    April 20, 2018, 8:17 am

    Sarah Silverman also tweeted briefly about the Palestinian situation–about a month before the latest fence protest, when IDF snipers picked off likely leaders from over 300 yards away, before Portman, and more specifically; she drew a lot of pro-Israel & shaming tweet flack, and has been quiet about it since. She did not counter those tweet replies except;t to say she just wanted to open up conversation about the situation because it bothered her.

    • DaveS
      DaveS
      April 20, 2018, 10:06 am

      You’re right that Silverman dipped her toes into the water only to withdraw when she found it too hot. But this is a bigger, more high-profile event, maybe bigger than Lorde’s cancellation of her Israel gig. It’s not exactly an endorsement of BDS, but clearly quite consistent with it. Portman is an Israeli dual citizen and is even credited as a researcher in Dershowitz’s awful tome The Case for Israel. Her position surprised me, and hopefully reflects a broader change among younger US Jews. And, unlike Silverman’s brief trial balloon, this is not a decision that can be easily reversed or abandoned.

      • guyn
        guyn
        April 20, 2018, 4:04 pm

        Good points

  13. John O
    John O
    April 20, 2018, 8:20 am

    This actually creating a bit of a stir in the mainstream media. She has already incurred the wrath of Shmuley Boteach, thus confirming she’s doing something right.

  14. shaun patrick
    shaun patrick
    April 20, 2018, 8:24 am

    Thank you Miss Portman for your courage and dignity. Out of respect for your decision l will not speculate on why you made your decision. Again thank you l hope your example becomes a “light unto the world”.Shalom

  15. Maghlawatan
    Maghlawatan
    April 20, 2018, 9:00 am

    Imagine if Portman had said “Khalaas ya’ni”.

  16. Pepou27
    Pepou27
    April 20, 2018, 9:11 am

    I have always admired Natalie Portman and never doubted her courage and principles. This is the proof.

  17. tony greenstein
    tony greenstein
    April 20, 2018, 10:20 am

    Never heard of Natalie Portman before!! However this is very heartwarming and a sign that despite all the crap thrown at us we are winning the argument

    • Maghlawatan
      Maghlawatan
      April 20, 2018, 10:53 am

      Tony, the wins keep.on coming. A few years ago Zionists used to ridicule BDS. Not any more. Zionism is a toxic brand.

    • annie
      annie
      April 20, 2018, 1:44 pm

      tony, you are really missing something if you’ve not seen The Professional https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110413/

      totally radical awesome movie

      • rhkroell
        rhkroell
        April 20, 2018, 10:09 pm

        I’m not a big Darren Aronofsky fan, but I think The Black Swan — like Natalie’s breakthrough film, The Professional — is well worth a look. The ballet master played by actor Vincent Cassel is creepy, no doubt, but the plotting, theme, cinematography, and use of symbolism in The Black Swan are all pretty impressive. Natalie’s performance and that of Winona Ryder — as the Dying Swan — are dazzling (in my view).

  18. Maghlawatan
    Maghlawatan
    April 20, 2018, 11:16 am

    If BDS is chess, Portman is a knight. Israel should not be losing world famous dual citizens. Either Israel does not suck whatsoever or there is a big problem.

    Boteach’s “Israel is the good guys” is very Mother Hubbard. I remember when Zionism controlled the argument and Palestinians couldn’t get a word in edgeways .

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      April 20, 2018, 3:01 pm

      @Maghlawatan

      “I remember when Zionism controlled the argument and Palestinians couldn’t get a word in edgeways .”

      Me to. How times have changed. Now, with no Palestinians present, when the subject of the entity known as “Israel” comes up at a social gathering, a cocktail party, a family get together or just meeting and talking with someone in a coffee shop, it is increasingly criticized, condemned and described as an illegal occupier and a brutal oppressor of the Palestinians.

      We have the momentum and the Zionist camp knows it!!

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        April 21, 2018, 4:57 pm

        BDS has been hamering hasbara for some time

        Eg 2012

        https://www.haaretz.com/bds-campaign-winning-in-south-africa-1.5163870

        “”- The well-organized, well-funded anti-Israel lobby in South Africa – mainly in the form of BDS (boycott, disinvestment and sanctions) – is overpowering the local pro-Israel lobby, a veteran analyst of Israel-South African relations told Haaretz.

        According to Howard Sackstein ,whether pro-Israel groups can get back up on their feet depends on how rapidly they realize that they’re up against “professionals,” and also how quickly they move away from counting only on personal relationships with personages in the African National Congress (ANC) and government.

        Sackstein, an attorney currently working in telecommunications, studied international conflict resolution at Harvard University and worked for AIPAC, the pro-Israeli lobby in Washington D.C.”

        Breakdown follows the laws of nature. Snow melts in the thinnest areas of snow coverage first. the areas where snow is close together resists but as the temperature rises the snow there too begins to melt until there is nothing left.

        Zionism’s fortress USA cannot resist what is happening.

  19. Maghlawatan
    Maghlawatan
    April 20, 2018, 11:26 am

    Bar Refaeli would be a great BDS catch. If all the high profile international Jewish women went over to the side of light Israel would be left with the likes of Zippy to woman the barricades of hatred.

    • catalan
      catalan
      April 20, 2018, 12:20 pm

      “If all the high profile international Jewish women went over to the side of light Israel would be left with the likes of Zippy to woman the barricades of hatred.”
      All of this will bring more misery to the Palestinians. The idea that Israel will agree to the right of return because of celebrities watching out for their image is just nuts. BDS is a faith-based movement. What truly scares me is what the Palestinians will experience because of it.

      • genesto
        genesto
        April 20, 2018, 12:46 pm

        This is just one more crack in the Zionist wall, catalan. Eventually it will crumble and fall. After all, evil eventually outdoes itself, and Zionism is truly evil!

      • John O
        John O
        April 20, 2018, 1:08 pm

        That’s OK. The Palestinians are prepared to take that risk, just like the “black” and “coloured” people in South Africa. When you ain’t got nothin’, you got nothin’ to lose.

      • just
        just
        April 20, 2018, 1:16 pm

        “What truly scares me is what the Palestinians will experience because of it.”

        Spare all of us your faux concern, please. Have a Kit Kat, catalan.

      • eljay
        eljay
        April 20, 2018, 2:21 pm

        || catalan: … BDS is a faith-based movement. What truly scares me is what the Palestinians will experience because of it. ||

        Zionism is a supremacism-based movement. What’s truly scary is what the Palestinians have been experiencing for ~70 years because of it (to the amusement of Zionists).

        What’s mind-boggling is how hard Zionists continue to work at undermining international laws and human rights and the protections they are meant to afford all people including Jews.

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        April 20, 2018, 2:54 pm

        BDS is not faith based. Rights are not either.

      • Misterioso
        Misterioso
        April 20, 2018, 3:06 pm

        @catalan

        Dream on. Zionism is going down. It’s pure evil and the world, including ever increasing numbers of Jews, know it. BTW, if you are still relatively young and live in the entity known as “Israel,” I recommend you learn Arabic. You’ll need it.

      • eljay
        eljay
        April 20, 2018, 3:13 pm

        || Misterioso: @catalan

        … BTW, if you are still relatively young and live in the entity known as “Israel,” … ||

        He hasn’t said how young he is, but he has said that he’s a Bulgarian who hails from Spain (he guesses) and lives in New Mexico.

      • Keith
        Keith
        April 20, 2018, 4:48 pm

        CATALAN- “The idea that Israel will agree to the right of return because of celebrities watching out for their image is just nuts.”

        I agree. In fact, I go farther. Focusing on the right of return rather than the blockade of Gaza is nuts. Worrying about some final solution decades down the road while Gaza is forecast to become unlivable around 2020 is little more than engaging in feel-good activity. The situation in Gaza is so dire, and the blockade so immoral and illegal, that it should be the highest priority. Furthermore, it has more chance of success and would be a critically important victory. And let us not get carried away over Natalie Portman. Had she decried the blockade of Gaza, then okay. But simply not attending a ceremony because she feels uncomfortable tells us what?

      • catalan
        catalan
        April 20, 2018, 5:42 pm

        “I recommend you learn Arabic. You’ll need it.” misterioso
        I would love to learn Arabic; right now however I am studying Italian. But Arabic is a beautiful language; rich culture. It would be wonderful to speak it. Life is short though, so who knows. Also, I don’t live in Israel, I live in the United States. I am just an observer of the conflict, not a participant in it.

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        April 21, 2018, 5:00 pm

        You don’t live in Israel, catalan, because you have the choice, unlike all the Betar Jerusalem fans who will be shafted when the collapse happens

  20. Abu Yusef
    Abu Yusef
    April 20, 2018, 12:40 pm

    I try not to let my Palestinian heritage dictate the artist I enjoy watching, listening to or reading. I have been a fan of Howard Tzvi Stern since i was 15 years old I am now 46 and watched Adam Sandler as the Zohan with a chuckle or two. Despite Howard’s Zionist diatribes I still love listening to him and do so religiously, sometime with sadness when he won’t even say the word Palestinian when talking about the conflict.

    However, as for Natalie Portman, I have been a fan of hers since I watched her in Leon the Professional. She has always had the chops as an actress and I enjoyed her acting in more than one film. Being that she is a Sabra, I wasn’t shocked to hear her in interviews, when she praised the country she was born in. She was surely a Zionist, but a well measured one! It is only right that she would have these feelings towards the country of her birth and express them when she was asked about it. I was probably more shocked when Scarlett Johansson came out and did the Soda Stream advertisements, because unlike Portman she sat on the dais and championed human rights for everyone but Palestinians. Natalie Portman never really did that! She was consistent in her apolitical ways and I felt that she was always measured in her responses.

    That being said this is an amazing development. The fact that the scales of racism in Israel have tipped so far right, that a Sabra like Portman, would look to make a statement to the government that is now representating itself as the most righteous government in the world, must have other young Sabra’s taking notice. This may be a flash in the pan, whereas we will see the Hasbara Corps beat this woman into submission so that she will be on a Mea Culpa tour in the next couple of days saying that she apologizes for her bad behavior. Or Ms. Portman stands her ground and states the obvious. That more than Palestinian lives are being lost at the fence in Gaza, but the Jewish soul is also being killed with every moral bullet sent by the most moral army in the world.

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      April 20, 2018, 3:12 pm

      @Abu Yusef

      Well said!!

      As you know, throughout history, Palestine has experienced many invasions and occupations. The Zionist occupation will prove to be one of the shortest.

    • guyn
      guyn
      April 20, 2018, 4:20 pm

      Very well said, thank you.

  21. just
    just
    April 20, 2018, 12:41 pm

    Well, there is this:

    “Natalie Portman Did Not Return $2m Genesis Prize Despite Snubbing Israel Ceremony

    Source says Genesis Prize Foundation believes actress will donate money as planned ■ Israeli culture minister blasts Portman, says she’s been manipulated by anti-Israel activists

    Natalie Portman has not expressed any intention to return the $2 million prize she received from the Genesis Prize Foundation, a source at the organization said, even though the Israeli-American actress is boycotting the ceremony in Israel that was to be held in her honor for winning the award.

    “We have not received any information of the sort,” the source told Haaretz when asked whether Portman would return the money. According to the source, in the actress’ letter notifying the foundation of her decision to boycott the ceremony, she did not refer at all to the prize money, leading the Genesis Prize Foundation to conclude she would keep the money and donate it as planned. …

    Recipients of the Genesis Prize, which has been dubbed the “Jewish Nobel,” have all donated their gifts to charitable causes. Typically they announce which specific charities will receive the prize six months after the ceremony. Portman had already notified the foundation that her intent was to donate the money to organizations that promote women’s rights, with a special focus on Israel.

    The Genesis Prize Foundation was notified of Portman’s decision to boycott the ceremony more than a week ago but kept the news under wraps until late Thursday night – presumably in order not to mar Israel’s Independence Day celebrations. Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky, who received the Israel Prize at an Independence Day ceremony Thursday, headed the selection committee that chose Portman as this year’s laureate.

    Sharansky declined to comment about her decision not to attend the ceremony.

    Israeli politicians, however, condemned Portman’s decision, with the culture minister saying she had been manipulated by anti-Israel activists and a lawmaker urging people to boycott her films.

    “I was sorry to hear that Natalie Portman fell into the hands of the BDS supporters,” Culture Minister Miri Regev said after the cancellation was announced. “Portman, a Jewish actress born in Israel, joins those who tell the successful, wondrous founding of the State of Israel as ‘a tale of darkness and darkness.'”

    Suspended legislator Oren Hazan took to Twitter to call on Israelis to refuse to attend Portman’s films. “Portman has no problem using her Israeli heritage for PR purposes alongside public pride over managing to dodge IDF service,” Hazan wrote.

    “And there are still respectable people who thought she was worthy of receiving the ‘Jewish Nobel’ in Israel… But the movie is over: [Interior] Minister [Arye] Dery must revoke her Israeli citizenship, which is a tool for the haters of Israel.”

    MK Ksenia Svetlova also criticized Portman, saying the actress “is an Israeli citizen and she knows how to be proud of it when necessary and today she is simply boycotting Israel.

    “She was not supposed to get the prize from a government ministry but from a Jewish-American foundation and therefore it is a net boycott of Israel. It’s a pity she refuses to accept the prize and that instead of addressing in her speech the things that hurt her and fighting for truth and justice, she just chose not to come here.” …”

    more @ https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-portman-keeping-2m-genesis-prize-despite-boycott-sources-say-1.6013246

    So. And so.

    “boycott” much?

    • John O
      John O
      April 20, 2018, 1:12 pm

      On the other hand, as JK Rowling said to some evangelical nutcase who said he was going to burn her books and DVDs: “Fine. Burning plastic gives off toxic fumes. Allow me to lend you my lighter. And – I’ve got your money.”

    • Marnie
      Marnie
      April 21, 2018, 8:43 am

      “I was sorry to hear that Natalie Portman fell into the hands of the BDS supporters,” Culture Minister Miri Regev said after the cancellation was announced. ”

      Yes, Portman was walking down the street, minding her own beeswax when she tripped and fell into a giant puddle of BDS. Regev is of the firm belief that Portman’s conscience was removed at birth.

      “MK Ksenia Svetlova also criticized Portman, saying the actress “is an Israeli citizen and she knows how to be proud of it when necessary and today she is simply boycotting Israel.”

      WTF. Apparently she refused to be proud of it, especially during the zionist state’s latest moment in the sun. Guess she didn’t get that memo from mk svetlova.

  22. genesto
    genesto
    April 20, 2018, 12:42 pm

    This IS shocking! I like, in particular, to follow celebrities who take positions on this issue, no matter which side they are on. She was on my ‘Bad Celebrity’ list before this, but now gets to join the ranks of Roger Waters, Alice Waters, Danny Glover and the like. Bravo, Natalie, and here’s hoping you can withstand the shitstorm that follows!!

    I still think she overacted a bit in ‘Black Swan’, though.

    • echinococcus
      echinococcus
      April 20, 2018, 6:29 pm

      “Overacting” are those among the commenters here who bring lambs and cows to sacrifice to the awesome Actress who, after 36 years of an unsheltered life, finally got disgusted by one particular episode in the long line of intolerable abominations.
      Wait and see. It may well be as Ismail so well expressed it:
      ” I see it as a transient blip caused by the grotesque savagery of “recent events”. Encase the inescapable brutality of Zionism within the velvet glove of some PR savvy type like Yair Lapid and you get more of the same for Palestinians and not a peep from Ms. Portman.”

      On the other hand, the guaranteed hysterical Zionist overreaction may well push her to remain firm and continue. Stranger things have happened.

  23. eljay
    eljay
    April 20, 2018, 2:23 pm

    I’ve always thought of Ms. Portman as a decent actress and a (seemingly) likeable person. It’s a shame that her concern may be fleeting; nevertheless, good for her for speaking out against Israel’s latest round of (war) crimes.

    • genesto
      genesto
      April 20, 2018, 6:43 pm

      I read that she has been a J Street supporter in recent years. Let’s hope that, like others that started with J Street, she will advance to at least a JVP level of awareness and support.

  24. pabelmont
    pabelmont
    April 20, 2018, 4:43 pm

    Some twit says: “no public act of meaningful opposition to Israeli policy will be tolerated.”

    Oh? really? I tolerate it rather well. Perhaps the twit meant that “we” (but who are we?) won’t tolerate it. Oh well, but no one would expect you to. Was “we” Israeli Jews? Zionists, who (surprise!) do not tolerate opposition to Israeli policies? Maybe “we” is the US Senate?!

    I love the arrogance of that passive voice, “no * * * will be tolerated”. Arrogant twit.

    • echinococcus
      echinococcus
      April 20, 2018, 9:08 pm

      Looking at it from close up, it appears to be an interpretation of Zionist entity official policy, put into words by someone opposed to it.

  25. Citizen
    Citizen
    April 21, 2018, 5:05 am

    Portman held a salon in her home to discuss the I-P conflict in 2014. The Epic Battle In Hollywood Over The Holy Land https://www.creativecommunityforpeace.com/4071-2/

    Time for a remake of Exodus?

  26. chris_k
    chris_k
    April 21, 2018, 7:59 am

    The lobby misses Harvey Weinstein in cases like this, who was very proactive and persistent about blackballing actors. Harvey hired Mossad agents and Ehud Barak to investigate cases being made against him, and was planning a hasbara feature.

  27. unVet
    unVet
    April 21, 2018, 8:42 am

    Shmuley Boteach: “Why would Natalie Portman suddenly attack Israel & say she won’t visit? Speak out against the gassing of innocent Arab children in Syria.”

    The gassing of innocent Arab children in Syria should re-enforce Portman’s current attitude toward Israel, since Israel has had a heavy hand in bringing about the circumstances that have resulted in the deaths of many Arab children in Syria and other Arab countries.

    Missed this last year, just watched it last night.
    Six-Day War, 50-Year Occupation: What Really Happened in June 1967?

  28. Maximus Decimus Meridius
    Maximus Decimus Meridius
    April 21, 2018, 11:30 am

    I’ve never been a fan of Portman. I think she’s extremely beautiful, but an at best mediocre actress and a pseudo intellectual who’s been told since birth how uniquely wonderful she is.

    But never mind what I think. Fact is, she is highly regarded in certain circles. When an Oscar winning actress who has had the Dersh fawning all over her, and who has made much of her Jewish and Israeli heritage, makes a gesture like this, you know Brand Israel is toxic. It scarcely matters whether this is a genuine act of principle (if it is, what took her so long?) or a PR move to distance herself from the seething mess that is Israel. The net result is the same. Israel has about as much public appeal as its Apartheid ally had a quarter of a century ago.

    That said, I expect her to be Goldstoned very soon, if it hasn’t started happening already. Natalie Portman is just too big a star. The hasbara guns will be firing on all cylinders, and no blow will be deemed too low. I hope she knows just what she’s let herself in for,.

  29. Maximus Decimus Meridius
    Maximus Decimus Meridius
    April 21, 2018, 11:42 am

    Seems Portman has just issued a statement on Instagram. It’s very vague and full of her ‘love for Israel’. Not sure if she’s already back-tracking or she was never making a great stand. She said this:

    ” 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. ”

    Hmm…… very vague as I said. The word Palestinian not mentioned, and her statement suggests she’s thinking of African asylum seekers rather than Palestinians? She also said she’s giving the money to ”Israeli charities” and that she opposes BDS. Because of course she does. Liberal Zionism at its ‘best’.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BhzyyPWhnVf/

  30. Kratoklastes
    Kratoklastes
    April 22, 2018, 8:18 pm

    She’s pretty, and she is quite good at pretending to be someone other than herself. I suppose her opinions will be valued by people who think that those characteristics are useful in forming a view about the place your parents helped steal.

    I’m not a fan of the Star Wars films, but she was OK in that: recall that she pretended to be a member of an Chosen class who, nonetheless, was prepared to try her best to prevent a tyranny from coming into existence.

    She also pretended to be a radical in V for Vendetta.

    And very recently she decided to pretend to be someone who gives a shit about Occupied Palestine. I dunno who wrote the script, but it was pretty wishy-washy.

    She’s in her mid-30s now, so her meat-value is on the wane in the entertainment industry (which is still absolutely dominated by vermin of the Weinstein ilk: ignore that fact at your peril). Give her another few years and she will have two options: fill her face with plastic (like Nicole Kidman) or try to switch from “earnest ingénue” roles to “dowagers, frumps and mean old ladies” (like Meryl Streep).

    If she doesn’t grovel before the Rabbit-Eaters, she will be dead in the film industry quicker than you can say “Crow’s Feet”. Hollywood may be ‘liberal’, but that takes a back seat to its unstinting support for the Zionist occupation of Palestine.

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