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May 27, 2014

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Natalie Portman has pulled out canada goose coats on sale of the “Jewish Nobel” canada goose clearance prize ceremony in Israel because of her “extreme Canada Goose Coats On Sale distress” over canada goose store recent events uk canada goose in the country.

The American Israeli actress said Canada Goose online she did not feel comfortable attending public events in Israel after the state was canada goose coats criticised for firing on Palestinian protesters in the Gaza strip.

The Genesis Prize, dubbed the “Jewish Nobel”, recognises “outstanding buy canada goose jacket achievement by individuals who have attained excellence and international renown in their chosen professional fields [who] embody the character of the Jewish people”.

Previous recipients include former New York City cheap canada goose uk mayor Michael Bloomberg, canada goose black friday sale actor canada goose clearance sale Michael Douglas, violinist Itzhak Perlman and sculptor Anish Kapoor.

When Portman, who was born in Jerusalem and holds dual Israeli and US citizenship, was announced as the 2018 recipient buy canada goose jacket cheap late last year she said was “proud of my Israeli roots and Jewish heritage”.

However the Genesis Foundation said it uk canada goose outlet had cancelled its major Canada Goose sale awards ceremony canadian goose jacket in June after the Oscar winner pulled out.

The statement did not refer to specific events, but the recent military response to Palestinian demonstrations on the Gaza Israel border has provoked international condemnation.

It comes as two more Palestinians were shot women canada goose dead by Israeli forces on Friday as mass demonstrations along the Gaza Strip entered their fourth day.

Gaza’s health ministry said 83 more were injured as thousands of protesters lined along the Israeli border on Friday.

Protesters also flew dozens of kites near canada goose uk outlet the border fence, in some cases carrying Molotov cocktails, in a new tactic that had led to at least a couple of small fires in Israeli territory this week.

Portman’s decision provoked heavy criticism from Israel’s governing Likud party, with politician Oren Hazan calling Canada Goose Online for her to be stripped of her citizenship,

Miri Regev, Canada Goose Jackets the Israeli culture minister, referring to the Palestinian led ‘Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign’ (BDS), claimed she had “fallen like ripe fruit into the hands of BDS supporters”.

The European Union and the United Nations have both called for an independent investigation into the protesters’ deaths, something Israel has rejected.

Politician Rachel canada goose factory sale Azaria, from canada goose uk shop the centrist Kulanu party, which is part of Prime cheap Canada Goose Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalition, said Portman’s cancellation should constitute a “warning light” to canada goose Israel.

“She’s speaking for many in US Jewry, especially the young generation,” Azaria said on Twitter. “Losing them might be too high a price.”

Portman has previously expressed criticism of Prime Minister Netanyahu, Canada Goose Outlet saying in 21015 Canada Goose Parka she was “very upset and disappointed that he was re elected” and found “his racist comments horrific”.

The Genesis Foundation said it was “very saddened” by Portman’s decision.

“We fear that Ms Portman’s decision will canada goose uk black friday cause our philanthropic initiative to be politicised, something we have worked hard for the past five years to avoid,” it said.

The prize was launched in 2013 to recognise Jewish achievement and contributions to humanity.

It is unclear whether the actress will still receive the $2 million (1.4 million) prize money, which Portman had already said she intended to donate to women’s causes.

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