Natalie Portman has hit out at Israel’s “racist” Nation-State Law in a new interview.
The 37-year-old, who was born in Jerusalem but grew up in the U.S., reportedly told London-based newspaper al-Quds al-Arabi: “This [law] is a mistake and I do not agree with it.”
She added, according to the Jerusalem Post: “I hope we can love our neighbours and work together with our neighbours for change.”
The controversial law, which was passed in July, defines Israel as a Jewish state and promotes Hebrew as the only official language, not Arabic.
Portman’s comments come after she pulled out of the Genesis Prize Foundation event back in April despite being due to receive the 2018 award at the Israeli ceremony.
The star’s rep said at the time: “Recent events in Israel have been extremely distressing to her and she does not feel comfortable participating in any public events in Israel… She cannot in good conscience move forward with the ceremony.”
No specific events were mentioned, though it was around the time that the United Nations and European Union called for investigations into the use of live ammunition by Israel’s military. Clashes around the Gaza border left dozens of Palestinians dead and hundreds wounded.
Portman was also said to have discussed Donald Trump in the chat, suggesting she’s not a huge fan of the president.
The “Vox Lux” star said the election “upset me and angered me a lot but I am working on using that energy to prepare to demonstrate when I see injustice and to make my community a better place in my own way.”