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A Likud minister on Sunday morning said that Israel-born Hollywood actress Natalie Portman’s refusal to visit her country of birth to accept a prestigious prize because she did not want to be seen as endorsing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “bordered on anti-Semitism.”
Infrastructure, Energy and Water Minister Yuval Steinitz told Israel Radio that Portman owed an apology to Israel and Israelis for “boycotting” the country.
The article goes on to state the following:
Had she come to Israel, attended the ceremony, and then criticized the government or the prime minister in an interview, that would have been legitimate, he said.
“Natalie Portman’s actions border on anti-Semitism” and “played into the hands of the haters of Israel and those who aspire to destroy the State of Israel,” he railed.
Claiming that the star would not boycott China or India if they were to award her a prize, even if she disagreed with their policies, he said, “Criticizing Israel is not always anti-Semitic. Boycotting Israel has elements of anti-Semitism, because other countries that are criticized are not boycotted with such ease.”
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