Natalie Portman Refuses To Accept Israel's Genesis Prize, Refusing To Appear With Benjamin Netanyahu,

Natalie Portman has been very critical of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel.CreditRachel Murray/Getty Images for Paramount

Natalie Portman has been very critical of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel.CreditRachel Murray/Getty Images for Paramount

Oscar-winning actor Natalie Portman has backed out of a major award ceremony in Israel as this year's recipient of the Genesis Prize --, citing the scheduled presence of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the event. Portman issues a statement late Friday saying that she did not wish to appear as endorsing the prime minister. 

Portman, who is Jewish and was born in Israel, has starred in such hit movies as “Black Swan” and the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy. She directed a 2015 feature, “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” an adaptation of the autobiographical novel by the Israeli author Amos Oz and shot in Jerusalem.

In her statement Friday, Ms. Portman said: “I am not part of the B.D.S. 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.”

“Israel,” she said, “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.”

Portman has been very critical of Netanyahu in the past, saying she was "very, very upset aned disappointed" over his 2015 re-election. “I find his racist comments horrific,” she said, according to The New York Times. 

The Genesis Prize was founded in 2013 to celebrate Jewish achievement and contribution to humanity, in the words of the organizers. Its founding partners are listed on the prize website as the Israeli prime minister’s office, the Genesis Philanthropy Group and the Jewish Agency for Israel, a quasi-governmental organization that deals with Jewish immigration and the wider Jewish diaspora. Previous laureates include Michael R. Bloomberg (2014), Michael Douglas (2015), Itzhak Perlman (2016), and Anish Kapoor (2017).

Covering PORTER Magazine Spring 2018, Natalie Portman Talks Hollywood Horror Stories, Raps on SNL

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Academy award winner Natalie Portman covers the Spring 2018 edition of PORTER magazine. Veronique Didry styles Portman with images by Cass Bird. Celebrating the 25th issue of Porter Magazine, Natalie talks equality, abuse in Hollywood, politics and more. 

Portman ditched her good girl image once again, morphing into a foul-mouthed rap star for a sketch on this weekend's Saturday Night Live. The modern momma had no patience for pleasantries, rapping that "Tide Pods the only f-cking thing I snack on, black out and go motherf-ing 'Black Swan'. 

Better yet, Portman has no time for family topics, rapping "When I gave birth I didn't even push / I was blazed out, smoking bomb kush."

In a perfect complement to Portman's PORTER magazine interview about Hollywood, Beck Bennet, playing the nervous celebrity interviewer with Portman, has the nerve to ask her about her involvement in 'Time's Up', fighting against sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood and on behalf of working class women in America with their new legal defense fund.

In response, Natalie takes 'pin head' to an entirely new level, whipping out her 'Time's Up' pin. The Black Swan Oscar winner, who is married to French dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied, has a son and a daughter, and tells PORTER that having children need not derail a talented woman's career.