Roseanne Barr is taking aim at Natalie Portman over the Oscar winner’s decision last year to decline an invitation to Israel’s Genesis Prize ceremony.
After being hit with backlash, the Israel-born actress, 37, issued a statement explaining she “chose not to attend because I did not want to appear as endorsing [Israeli Prime Minister] Benjamin Netanyahu, who was to be giving a speech at the ceremony.”
Portman has publicly been critical of Netanyahu and his policies. “I can be critical of the leadership in Israel without wanting to boycott the entire nation,” she said.
Speaking with the Israel Hayam newspaper, via The Hollywood Reporter, Barr held nothing back as she unloaded on Portman.
“It was really sickening, I find her repulsive,” said the former Roseanne star, 66. “She was raised in incredible privilege of safety in the Jewish state and knows nothing about anti-Semitism.” (Portman was born in Jerusalem, but moved to the U.S. at age 3.)
“She’s the darling of the left here, the Jewish left in Hollywood,” added Barr. “She is a complete hypocrite who grew up in safety and privilege, like I said before, and knows nothing about what she speaks of.”
Barr and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach are scheduled to address the Israeli Knesset later this month in a speech about what she describes as “the insidious and anti-Semitic BDS movement” calling for boycott, divestment and sanctions against the state of Israel over treatment of Palestinians.
Barr was fired from the hit revival of Roseanne — which was cancelled and then resurrected without her as The Conners — after issuing a tweet about former Obama administration adviser Valerie Jarrett that was seen to be racist.