Natalie Portman: “Jews Should Shift Focus Away from Holocaust”

Sesame-Street-2003-natalie-portmanIt’s time for the Jewish community to shift focus away from the Holocaust, American-Israeli actress Natalie Portman opined Friday, 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.


  • Portman recently moved to Paris, France, where events and the general mood of the Jewish community should hopefully assist her to shed her Hollywood self-hating and stop making idiotic comments downplaying the atrocities of the holocaust.

  • Jews should all live in Israel and study Torah.

  • Worse things happened in history. I don’t get why the Holocaust is the most talked about.

  • Jewish charities would have their collection plates empty if they wouldn’t remind Synagogue members of the holocaust. But Germany should be remembered as the nation that had Jews fired from their Jobs and murdered them.

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