Ginsburg, 85, had originally been tapped to receive the Genesis Prize last year, but the decision was reversed over her criticism of US President Donald Trump in 2016.
“He has no consistency about him. He says whatever comes into his head at the moment. He really has an ego….How has he gotten away with not turning over his tax returns? The press seems to be very gentle with him on that, ” she had told the New York Times.Please help us out :
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Responding to Ginsburg, Trump tweeted that
she had “embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me. Her mind is shot – resign!”
According to Haaretz, Netanyahu did not want to be seen sharing the stage with the liberal justice due to her attack of Trump. The selection committee of the prize said that it reversed the decision due to legal advice that said US judges are forbidden from receiving monetary prizes from a foreign country. though the
In the end, Ginsburg would receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at a private event at the Yitzhak Rabin Center, Tel Aviv, on Wednesday evening. The prestige $1 million Genesis Prize was planned to go to Natalie Portman.
But the Academy Award-winning actress declined to travel to Israel to accept the prize. The Israeli-born Natalie Portman said in a statement “I chose not to attend because I did not want to appear as endorsing Benjamin Netanyahu, who was to be giving a speech at the ceremony.” Portman added Israel of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu era was not currently “in line with Jewish values.” The official ceremony was canceled.
The Genesis Prize established five years ago by a group of Jewish-Russian oligarchs, aims to “recognize Jewish individuals who have attained excellence and international renown in their chosen professional fields.”