Actress Natalie Portman was in fact born in Israel, her agent tells the Washington Free Beacon.
Chris Andrews, Portman’s representative at the Creative Artists Agency (CAA), gave the Washington Free Beacon an emphatic “YES” when asked whether Portman was born in Israel in a stinging rebuke to Julia Child impersonator Meryl Streep’s anti-Israel speech at the Golden Globes.
Streep, who has portrayed a witch and is also represented by CAA, employed an anti-Zionist tactic in her Sunday night speech by deliberately avoiding saying that Jerusalem, the city where Portman was born, is located in the Jewish State of Israel.
The Washington Free Beacon reported that Streep attended a farewell party for President Barack Obama, who has previously used similar tactics to the ones exercised by Streep, on the night before the award show.
Severing Jerusalem from Israel is a tactic of anti-Zionists who advocate for a Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital. The Obama administration stripped “Israel” from the dateline Jerusalem in an official communication from the funeral of former Israeli president Shimon Peres last fall.
Streep attended the decadent night-long “farewell” party at the White House hosted by President Obama the evening before she received her award. It is not known whether she and the president discussed the location of Jerusalem during the festivities.
Streep launched the blistering attack on Israel during an acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award.
In a portion of her speech concerning how Hollywood is “crawling with outsiders and foreigners,” Streep listed the birthplaces of actresses such as Amy Adams (“Venice, Italy”) and Ruth Negga (“Addis Ababa, Ethiopia”)
When Streep got to Portman, she curtly said that Portman was from Jerusalem, avoiding to make a statement on whether the city is in Israel.
The Daily Mail notes that viewers noticed Streep’s anti-Israel decision and chose to voice their displeasure on Twitter.
“Meryl Streep at Golden Globes was anti-Israel,” said one social media user. “Anti-Israel left refuses to say Israel.”
“Notice Meryl Streep named every actor’s foreign country except Israel,” said another.
Kellyanne Conway, a top advisor to President-elect Donald Trump, also voiced her displeasure with the anti-Israel elements of Streep’s speech.
That too. https://t.co/biCpR1nEWr
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) January 10, 2017
Conway also poked fun at Streep and her audience for “talking about how vilified poor Hollywood is, in their gazillion-dollar gowns.”