Natalie Portman wants to clarify why she canceled a planned trip to receive a prestigious Israeli award after a government official in the country had abused her.
The Academy Award Winner, 36, was the laureate of the Genesis Prize Laureate, the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in Israel in November
In a statement received from PEOPLE, the actress says her decision "fails to attend the Genesis Awards , has been mischaracterized by others. "
"Let me speak for myself. I decided not to be there because I did not want to appear as a backer to Benjamin Netanyahu, who was to give a speech at the ceremony," she explained. "For the same reason, I am not part of the BDS [Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions] movement and do not support it."
"Like many Israelis and Jews around the world, I can be critical of the leadership in Israel without boycotting the whole nation," Portman continued. "I appreciate my Israeli friends and family, Israeli food, books, art, cinema and dance."
"Israel was founded as a refuge for Holocaust refugees exactly 70 years ago, but the mistreatment of those who suffer from today's atrocities simply does not match my Jewish values," she wrote. "Because I'm interested in Israel, I have to stand against violence, corruption, inequality and abuse of power."
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She added, "Please do not take any words that do not come directly from me, as my own "This experience has inspired me to support a number of charities in Israel, and I will announce them soon, and I hope others will support me in their great work."
The actress also released the statement on Friday her Instagram account.
The move not to attend the ceremony In June, now canceled by the Genesis Prize Foundation, it is believed that this is partly due to the recent fatal shootings of Palestinian demonstrators along the Gaza border, The Hollywood Reporter
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Miri Regev, Israel's Minister of Culture and Sports, beat the actress for her decision to report the outlet.
"I was saddened to hear that Natalie Portman fell into the hands of BDS supporters as a ripe fruit," Regev said, referring to the boycott, divestiture and sanction movement against the country. Natalie, a Jewish actress born in Israel, now joins those who speak of the success and miracle of Israel's rebirth as "fairy tales of darkness."
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The Genesis Prize Foundation released a statement on Thursday saying "Recent events in Israel was very stressful for her and she does not feel well at public events in Israel. "She adds," She can not proceed with good conscience with the ceremony. "
She continued," We are very sad that she for political reasons, decided not to attend the Genesis awards ceremony in Jerusalem, and we fear that Ms. Portman's decision will lead to politicizing our philanthropic initiative, something that we have worked hard for over the last five years. "
Portman told the Hollywood Reporter in 2015 that she disagreed with Israeli Prime Minister Benjam's policies in Netanyahu: "I am very much against Netanyahu. Against. I am very, very angry and disappointed that he was re-elected.
She is not the only star in recent months to cancel a trip to Israel for political reasons: in December 2017, Lorde canceled her shows in Israel after activists told her to post her performances in an open letter Rethink The New York Times