As Israel turns 70, many young American Jews turn away

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Natalie Portman, the Oscar-winning actress, recently kicked off a massive storm of controversy when she pulled out of a prestigious award ceremony in Israel because, she said, she “did not want to appear as endorsing Benjamin Netanyahu.”

  • Dov Waxman
  • The Conversation

The response to Portman’s refusal to appear alongside Israel’s prime minister was intense.

She was denounced by right-wing Israeli politicians.

Paur 3cOne labeled Portman’s decision as borderline anti-Semitic.

Another suggested that her Israeli citizenship should be stripped.

Born in Israel, Portman is a dual American-Israeli citizen.

The reaction within the American Jewish community was more divided.

Some assailed her for being disloyal, deluded, or, at best, misguided.

Others hailed her…

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