Natalie Portman Cancels Israel Trip For Award, Citing ‘distressing’ Events

Portman starred in and directed “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” a Hebrew-language film shot in Israel and based on a novel by Israeli writer Amos Oz, in 2015.
She is well-known for her social activism on gender equality and poverty issues.
“I am deeply touched and humbled by this honor,” Portman said in a statement in November. “I am proud of my Israeli roots and Jewish heritage; they are crucial parts of who I am. It is such a privilege to be counted among the outstanding Laureates whom I admire so much.”
Originally set for June 28, the prize ceremony has been canceled. It was to honor nongovernmental organizations working on women’s equality and empowerment issues.
“We extend our apologies to everyone who has been affected by this decision, particularly to the hundreds of international guests who made plans to fly to Jerusalem to honor Ms. Portman and celebrate the contribution of Jewish women to humanity, the main theme of this year’s ceremony,” foundation officials said in a statement. “The Genesis Prize Foundation remains committed to making grants to advance the cause of women’s equality.”
CNN has reached out to reps for Portman for comment.

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