Natalie Portman refuses to attend ceremony for Israeli million-dollar prize

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The foundation apologised for the cancellation of the ceremony that was to be held in June, "particularly to the hundreds of worldwide guests who made plans to fly to Jerusalem to honour Ms Portman and celebrate the contribution of Jewish women to humanity, the main theme of this year's ceremony".

Representatives for Portman did not respond to a request for comment.

Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev on Friday morning said she regretted Israeli-born actress Natalie Portman's decision not to come to Israel to receive an award. Demonstrators are calling for the right of return for refugees and their descendants who fled or were forced to leave their homes after the creation of Israel in 1948. The United Nations and the European Union called for investigations into the use of live ammunition by the Israel Defense Forces during the riots.

The demonstrations at the boundary would be a new effort by Hamas to violate some crippling Gaza border blockade by Israel and Egypt that's made it more hard for the Islamic militant band to regulate.

Palestinian demonstrators take cover during clashes with Israeli troops at a protest at the Israel-Gaza border east of Gaza City on April 6, 2018. In a 2015 interview with the Hollywood Reporter, she had said, "I'm very much against Netanyahu". Against. I am very, very upset and disappointed that he was re-elected.

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Said prize, which is known as the 'Jewish Nobel, ' honors 'extraordinary individuals who serve as an inspiration to the next generation of Jews through their outstanding professional achievement, commitment to Jewish values and to the Jewish people'.

The foundation added, "However, we are very saddened that she has decided not to attend the Genesis Prize Ceremony in Jerusalem for political reasons".

It was not clear whether she would still be eligible for the prize money, which had been doubled by a donation from the Israeli philanthropist Morris Kahn.

The Oscar-winning actress said she was "deeply touched and humbled" by the recognition. At the time, she committed to "re-gift" the $1 million in prize money to charities focused on advancing women's equality.

It has previously been awarded to the billionaire and former NY mayor Michael Bloomberg, the actor Michael Douglas (2015), violinist Itzhak Perlman (2016), and the artist Anish Kapoor (2017).

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