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Natalie Portman: Jews Should Shift Focus Away from Holocaust

Natalie Portman: Jews Should Shift Focus Away from Holocaust

American-Israeli actress implies Holocaust not any more horrific than other genocides around the world.

It's time for the Jewish community to shift focus away from the Holocaust, American-Israeli actress Natalie Portman opined Friday, August 21, stating that such focus has detracted from atrocities committed around the world.

“I think a really big question the Jewish community needs to ask itself, is how much at the forefront we put Holocaust education," Portman stated in an interview with the British Independent. "Which is, of course, an important question to remember and to respect, but not over other things."

Portman revealed that her views stemmed from her learning about the Rwandan Genocide.

"I was shocked that that [genocide] was going on while I was in school," she said. "We were learning only about the Holocaust and it was never mentioned and it was happening while I was in school."

"That is exactly the type of problem with the way it’s taught," she continued. "I think it needs to be taught, and I can’t speak for everyone because this was my personal education."

“We need to be reminded that hatred exists at all times and reminds us to be empathetic to other people that have experienced hatred also," Portman urged. "Not used as a paranoid way of thinking that we are victims."

"Sometimes it can be subverted to fear-mongering and like ‘Another Holocaust is going to happen’," she added.

Portman was born in Jerusalem; her family emigrated to the US when she was three years-old, where she would later attend American Jewish schools.                (INN)

 

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Top NJ Officials Join Jewish Business Alliance Luncheon

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On August 11th, 2015, The Hudson County Jewish Business Alliance (HCJBA) established by David Rosenberg hosted their first legislative luncheon. The goal of the organizat...

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