The Jerusalem born Oscar-winning actress refuses to accept this year’s Genesis award at the ceremony that was meant to take place in Palestine in June, leading to the cancellation of the whole event, altogether. The dual Israeli-American passport carrier expressed her “distress” over the horrific abominations carried out by the Israeli army against the Palestinians through her representatives; “recent events in Israel have been extremely distressing to her and she does not feel comfortable participating in any public events in Israel.” Portman’s representatives added “she cannot in good conscience move forward with the ceremony”.
The Genesis prize aka the “Jewish Nobel Prize” awards a $1 million grant every year to those who “inspire others through their dedication to the Jewish community and Jewish values.” Portman however, was set to receive $2 million. After the ceremony was cancelled, the foundation stated that it “remains deeply committed to this year’s philanthropic theme of advancing women’s equality” and that it intends to “start announcing our first grants to women’s rights organizations this spring.” adding that it still sees Portman as a “highly accomplished actress, a committed social activist and a wonderful human being.”
That wasn’t the end of it. Israel’s culture minister took to twitter to express her disdain over Portman’s decision “I was sad to hear that Portman fell like a ripe fruit into the hands of BDS supporters” wrote Miri Regev “A Jewish actress, who was born in Israel, is joining those who see the story of the success and magic of the establishment of Israel as ‘a tale of darkness and darkness,” she added, referring to Portman’s 2015 film A Tale of Love and Darkness, which the actress both directed and starred in.
But what could’ve suddenly changed Portman’s mind after all this time? Could it be that she finally paid attention to the inhumanity & savagery that’s been taking place for decades? The actress didn’t explain at first, which lead to people assuming that she was referring to recent massacres happening along the border with Gaza; at least 30 dead Palestinians were left dead after they were shot by the IDF.
However, Portman later then elaborated “My decision not to attend the Genesis Prize ceremony has been mischaracterized by others. Let me speak for myself. I chose not to attend because I did not want to appear as endorsing Benjamin Netanyahu.” The actress added “I am not part of the B.D.S. movement and do not endorse it. Like many Israelis and Jews around the world, I can be critical of the leadership in Israel without wanting to boycott the entire nation. Israel, was created exactly 70 years ago as a haven for refugees from the Holocaust. But the mistreatment of those suffering from today’s atrocities is simply not in line with my Jewish values. Because I care about Israel, I must stand up against violence, corruption, inequality, and abuse of power.”
Sean Paul to Perform Live in Riyadh this Friday!
Catch the Jamaican rapper Sean Paul this Friday on the 1st of November, live at Mohammed Abdu Stage for one epic night.
— Live Nation ME (@LiveNationME) October 29, 2019
This is one night any rap enthusiast doesn’t want to miss and for those living under a rock, Sean Paul is a Jamaican rapper, singer and record producer, his singles “Get Busy” and “Temperature” topped the charts in the US and most of his albums have been nominated for prestigious awards including the Grammy’s.
The star will perform on the 1st of November at Mohammed Abdu stage along with the Algerian star Cheb Khaled, both of whom are set to throw a lit musical night during this season of Riyadh!
— Live Nation ME (@LiveNationME) October 30, 2019
Hurry up and purchase your ticket now, available through this link.
Princess Nourah bint Saad Becomes First Saudi Woman to Head Sports Club
Princess Nourah bint Saad is now officially the first Saudi woman to head a sports club after successfully acquiring the Umbrian football club Spoleto.
During her speech at a press conference, the princess thanked her hosts for their hospitality and outlined her ambitious plans for the team’s future.
“Football is a family passion, and Italian football is followed all over the world. This is why I chose to invest in Umbria,” she said at a press conference.”
She further explained the aspects that made her choose this club in specific, “Spoleto is a small, amateur football organization where it is possible to work with the aim of growing and aiming for promotion,” the Princess added. “But we cannot fail to consider the value and beauty of the city of Spoleto, which is famous throughout the world.”
This purchase is the second venture for the Saudi royal into sports club ownership, as Prince Abdullah bin Musa’ad co-owns English Premier League football club Sheffield United.
We are proud to witness Saudi women achieving such remarkable milestones, what with Yasmeen Al Miamani becoming the first female commercial pilot just last month, Aseel Al Hamad making history by becoming the first-ever Saudi female F1 driver and now this!
We are filled with pride and hope that this could encourage more women to taken on challenging jobs in various fields.
Priyanka Chopra Wears Saudi Designer Honayda To Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner’s Wedding
The iconic couple Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner took us all by surprise when they had a surprise post-BBMA wedding ceremony in Vegas, but luckily their second celebration was announced ahead and we all got to witness the spectacular festivities of it.
Rumors had it long before the couple tied the know at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, and second guesses began when the couple were announced husband and wife.
This is why by the time this weekend got to an end, fans had already guessed many of the details including the time, place and invitees of the celebration.
The guest list was long what with the full Jonas clan of course, Joe’s brothers Nick, Kevin and Frankie, along with Nick and Kevin’s wives Priyanka Chopra and Danielle Jonas.
Model Ashley Graham, Dr. Phil and American DJ Diplo were also spotted in attendance, along with Sophie Turner bestie from Game of Thrones and maid of honor Maisie Williams, who was missing from the Vegas celebration.
Priyanka Chopra who never failed to impress! Looked gorgeous dressed in two looks by the Saudi designer Honayda. The first look was a metallic button-front dress from the designer’s spring/summer 2019 collection, and the other one was a satin white gown, worn for the pre-wedding rehearsal dinner.
Honayda Serafi is a born-and-raised Saudi designer, who jetted off to the Parsons in Paris before taking the fashion world by storm.
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@priyankachopra with hubby @nickjonas shining in a Honayda dress from the SS19 collection for the festive week of @sophiet and @joejonas ‘s wedding in #France . . #priyankachopra #honayda #nickjonas #wedding #paris #joejonas #sophieturner #hollywood #weddingvibes #jonasbrothers #weddingphotography
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