Israeli-American actress Natalie Portman said, according to Israeli daily Haaretz, that Israel’s nation-state law is “racist” and a “mistake”, and that she does not agree with it, in anÂ interviewÂ she gave to London-based Arabic daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi, published Thursday.
Israel’s controversialÂ nation-state law, which the Knesset passed in July, states that â€śIsrael is the nation-state of the Jewish people,â€ť which has exclusive right to self-determination in the country. It defines Hebrew as the countryâ€™s sole official language, designating Arabic as a language with special status, although adding that Arabic’s status would not be harmed in practice.
Critics of the nation-state legislation, which, as a Basic Law, bears constitutional weight, object in part to the fact that it does not include a provision stating that all Israeli citizens are equal under the law, whereas Israelâ€™s 1948Â Declaration of IndependenceÂ ensured â€ścomplete equality of social and political rightsâ€ť for â€śall its inhabitantsâ€ť no matter their religion, race or sex.
Following decades of egregious human rights violations against Palestinians, Israelâ€™sÂ Â massacreÂ of peaceful protesters in Gaza, this past spring, has made its brand so toxic that even well-known Israeli-American cultural figures, like Natalie Portman, nowÂ refuseÂ to blatantly whitewash, or art-wash, Israeli crimes and apartheid policies.
In April, Portman pulled out of an Israeli award ceremony, upon which right-wing activist Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, whoseÂ World Values Network and conservative activism is bankrolled by casino magnate and political financier Sheldon Adelson, bought a full-page New York Times ad to attack the actress.Â
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