Published On: Wed, Jul 4th, 2018

US Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Israel to receive Genesis Lifetime Achievement award

US Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has arrived in Israel to accept a lifetime achievement award from the Genesis Prize foundation recognizing “inspirational” Jewish figures.

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.

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

Israel honors Natalie Portman with 2018 Genesis Prize Laureate

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.”

The Jewish star was criticized by Netanyahu’s followers in Israel, as a supporter of Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against the Jewish State.
“I am not part of the BDS movement and do not endorse it,” Portman said. “Like many Israelis and Jews around the world, I can be critical of the leadership in Israel without wanting to boycott the entire nation. I treasure my Israeli friends and family, Israeli food, books, art, cinema, and dance,”

 

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