Bibi-DS Instead of BDS: Portman's Strategy of Boycotting Netanyahu Could Be Next Wave of Political Protest

Natalie Portman's motives in declining to appear at the Genesis Prize ceremony aren't important. The real question is whether the Netanyahu brand has grown toxic and if it can be disassociated from Israel

Anshel Pfeffer
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Anshel Pfeffer

I know quite a few Israelis who hoped that David Grossman, honored with the Israel Prize for literature last week, would boycott the ceremony with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Education Minister Naftali Bennett in protest over their government’s policies.

It’s the same kind of feeling some get when an Israeli athlete wins a medal at the Olympics or an Israeli scientist is informed they have just won the Nobel Prize. Netanyahu calls to congratulate them and some wish that, just for once, instead of allowing the prime minister to share in the limelight, they just refuse to take the call.

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