HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Actor Natalie Portman speaks onstage during Vulture Festival LA presented by AT&T at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on November 19, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Vulture Festival)

US actress Natalie Portman has pulled out of a major Israeli award ceremony due to the ‘recent events’ in the country.

The Genesis Prize Foundation with the Genesis Prize Laureate had announced Portman, 36, as the honoree in November which is equivalent to the Nobel Prize in Israel.

“Recent events in Israel have been extremely distressing to her and she does not feel comfortable participating in any public events in Israel,” the foundation said in a statement on their website. It was further written in the statement that Portman cannot in good conscience move forward with the ceremony.

The statement makes it quite clear as to how the foundation is saddened that Portman has decided not to attend the Genesis Prize Ceremony in Jerusalem for political reasons.

When asked on the matter, the representative for Portman did not respond back for any comment.

The foundation had to cancel the award ceremony scheduled for June 28 due the actress’ decision.

According to the foundation’s website, the Genesis Prize is given to those people who are considered to be an inspiration to the future generation of the Jews via the commitment they have towards Jewish values, social justice, tolerance and charity.

In the year 2015, the actress told The Hollywood Reporter that she disagreed with the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netan’s policies by saying that she is very much against Netanyahu and is very upset and disappointed that he was re-elected.

Notably, Portman is the only star to have cancelled a trip in the recent days due to the Israel due to the political scenario prevailing in the country. According to The New York Times, Lorde had cancelled her shows in Israel in December 2017 after activists told her that she should reconsider her appearances in an open letter.

Emma Joe
Emma Joe is a contributor at Ode Magazine covering entertainment, politics, and trending news. She studied business management and has written for multiple websites. In addition to writing and expanding her art portfolio, Heather loves spending time with her family and traveling. You can contact her at emma@odemagazine.com

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