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Natalie Portman Strikes Back (Kickin' Harvard Crimson Butt)
The Washington [Com]Post ^ | 04/19/2002 | Lloyd Grove

Posted on 04/19/2002 7:59:07 AM PDT by mattdono

Edited on 09/03/2002 4:50:20 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

On Wednesday, the Jerusalem-born actress objected tartly in the Harvard Crimson to law student Faisal Chaudhry's April 11 essay on U.S. policy concerning Israel and the Palestinians.

Portman continued: "Outrageous and untrue finger-pointing is a childish tactic that disregards the responsibility of all parties involved."


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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: harvardcrimson; israel; natalieportman; starwars
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I am speechless: a Harvard-student/Hollywood actress siding with Israel.

And, I thought that she was beautiful before I read this article.

1 posted on 04/19/2002 7:59:07 AM PDT by mattdono
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To: mattdono
I had a crush on her way back in the Professional. Before you accuse me of being a Professor Humbert Humbert, I should inform you that me and Natalie are close in age.
2 posted on 04/19/2002 8:04:22 AM PDT by Clemenza
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To: Clemenza
I can understand why.

I must admit that I found her to be quite attractive in Episode I (I think she was only 16 or 17 during filming). Don't get the wrong idea, it wasn't a "hey little girl, you want some candy" thing; rather, I was genuinely taken by how attractive she was.

Now, to know that she might share some of the same philosophies that I believe in...that's a bonus.

3 posted on 04/19/2002 8:10:54 AM PDT by mattdono
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I should also add that this might be the only issue that she has these somewhat conservative sentiments, but hey it is a shocker that she actually has spoken out about the issue.

Most of the self-hating Jews in Hollywood wouldn't dare say what she said.

4 posted on 04/19/2002 8:12:23 AM PDT by mattdono
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To: mattdono,monkeyshine, ipaq2000, Lent, veronica, Sabramerican, beowolf, Nachum, BenF, angelo, bost
She was in "Heat" ....one of my favorite movies.
5 posted on 04/19/2002 8:13:15 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: Clemenza
Have you ever seen the full European cut of Leon? Awsome movie.

~Someone a lot closer to Humbert's age.

6 posted on 04/19/2002 8:13:19 AM PDT by Snake65
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To: Clemenza

7 posted on 04/19/2002 8:15:12 AM PDT by Sir Gawain
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To: mattdono
SHE'S JEWISH?!

Speaks Hebrew fluently according to some of her PR stuff I just googled.

Trying to visualize Luke Skywalker singing "My Yiddisha Mama"...

8 posted on 04/19/2002 8:15:20 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker
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To: mattdono
I am speechless: a Harvard-student/Hollywood actress siding with Israel.

Well, she is from Israel, although that doesn't mean much to some immigrants anymore. Note that the WashPost article leaves her real last name out...if you do a search on Google, you'll see why she changed her name to make it in Hollywood.
9 posted on 04/19/2002 8:16:29 AM PDT by July 4th
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To: mattdono
There's a guy called Ross Douthat who writes in the crimson (www.thecrimson.com) he's very conservative and very good. You should look him up.
10 posted on 04/19/2002 8:18:18 AM PDT by Cian
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To: July 4th
But hey, talk about a catch. Beautiful, close to my age, Harvard-educated, shares views on Israel with me, and worth a truckload of money from Star Wars revenues.
11 posted on 04/19/2002 8:19:51 AM PDT by July 4th
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To: mattdono
She still sides with the gun grabbing Nazis.
12 posted on 04/19/2002 8:25:54 AM PDT by junta
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To: Sir Gawain

13 posted on 04/19/2002 8:25:56 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker
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To: Sir Gawain

14 posted on 04/19/2002 8:26:09 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker
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To: mattdono; all
Both letters in their entirety here.
15 posted on 04/19/2002 8:26:12 AM PDT by mountaineer
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To: mattdono
Gawgess & smaht, Ms. Portman is.

When I saw her in Beautiful Girls, I knew she'd grow up to be a beautiful woman. Way to shoot down that Law School dope, Natalie.

17 posted on 04/19/2002 8:28:03 AM PDT by Hemingway's Ghost
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To: mattdono
Ms Portman is virulently anti-gun.
It would be like supporting Drew Barrymore but I guess support for Israel tops everything among "conservatives".
18 posted on 04/19/2002 8:28:33 AM PDT by luvzhottea
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To: Snake65
No, but I will try to find it!
19 posted on 04/19/2002 8:29:13 AM PDT by Clemenza
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To: mattdono
Most of the self-hating Jews in Hollywood wouldn't dare say what she said.

Not true. Hollywood is very pro-Israel, across the political spectrum.

Army Archerd writes a column for Daily Variety. Archerd is far left. He admired Jack Nicholson's compliments of Castro; and Archerd repeatedly attacked Elia Kazan for "naming names" when Kazan got his special Oscar a few years back; and Archerd's repeatedly attacked Charleton Heston for leading the NRA.

Yet Archerd is also extremely pro-Israel, and often quotes other pro-Israelis, like Barbara Streisand, Spielberg, and Harvey Weinstein (Streisand and Weinstein were both quoted as saying that they supported Gore partly because Gore was a better friend of Israel than Bush).

Hollywood is very pro-Israel, and very open about it.

20 posted on 04/19/2002 8:29:27 AM PDT by Commie Basher
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To: toupsie
What a perfect opportunity to introduce FR to the joys of petrified Natalie Portmans and hot grits ;)
21 posted on 04/19/2002 8:31:17 AM PDT by general_re
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To: luvzhottea
If you are female, I apologize. We men frequently forget about such things as politics when we see a beautiful woman like Ms. Portman. Of course after talking with said women (and I have been around a lot of liberal women) 95% of us find we can't bear them.
22 posted on 04/19/2002 8:31:18 AM PDT by Clemenza
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To: mattdono
I have a lot of respect for her, she's one of the few actresses that didn't/won't go the route of making the crummy "show your breasts" movies that many others have done.
23 posted on 04/19/2002 8:31:35 AM PDT by texlok
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To: July 4th
"Harvard-educated" has always been a negative for me. I have hated anyone who has gone to that school. Besides, many of the technocrats who have screwed up Latin America (where I did most of my business in the past) attended Harvard, usually the economics department or the Kennedy School.
24 posted on 04/19/2002 8:33:25 AM PDT by Clemenza
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To: Clemenza
DVD only, I believe. There's about 20 minutes of added-in footage, with Leon teaching Mathilda to be a "hit girl." There's a scene where the two go into a crack lab (Mathilda has a paintball pistol to practice with) and take out the guy running it that is priceless. Plus a lot of footage that adds more resonance to the end.

When Luc Besson originally wrote it he meant for Mathilda to be about 14, but Natalie Portman so impressed him that he rewrote it to make her younger.

25 posted on 04/19/2002 8:33:53 AM PDT by Snake65
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To: junta
Let's hope that the current situation in her homeland "enlightens" her to the value of gun onwership. C'mon Natalie, repeat after me: "For every Jew, a .22!"
26 posted on 04/19/2002 8:36:13 AM PDT by Redcloak
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To: mattdono
Explain it to me

Can someone explain to me why the Middle East gets so much coverage in the States. I am interested in it a bit from an Old Testament / History of Man point ot view but I find it a bit boring after a while. It seems to me to be all that gets talked about on freerepublic nowadays. Mark Steyn is my favourite and he has written about little else recently.

27 posted on 04/19/2002 8:36:41 AM PDT by Cian
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To: Commie Basher, mattdono
Very true. Most Freepers who don't live in largely Jewsih areas like I have can't seem to understand that while Jews in Hollywood, New York, South Florida, etc. may be liberal on most issues, they become downright hawkish when it comes to Israel. Robert Wexler (D-Boca Raton) is a case in point.

One of the oddest coalitions in politics are the right-wing evangelicals and largely (though not entirely) left-leaning Jews on the issue of Israel.

For the record, I subscribe to a theology which rejects the concept of "rapture" and does not take a position on Israel. Nevertheless, I support its right to exist and defend itself for purely secular reasons.

28 posted on 04/19/2002 8:37:32 AM PDT by Clemenza
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To: Sir Gawain, nativenewyorker
Thanks guys!
29 posted on 04/19/2002 8:38:40 AM PDT by Clemenza
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To: Cian
Foreign policy in general not related to national interest bores me. I am more interested in reducing the size of government at home than "crusading" to protect our "allies," whoever they may be. Hell, I am with Jeanne Kirkpatrick since she reportedly advised Reagan to let Argentina keep the Malvinas.
30 posted on 04/19/2002 8:40:58 AM PDT by Clemenza
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To: Clemenza
Those Hollywood, and similar type, Jews support Israel in the same way they- and their Liberal Gentile friends- support the US: in the abstract.

But in specific details their policies vis a vis Israel are as damaging to Israel as their policies vis a vis the US are damaging to the US.

People who support Israel with my views think them all enemies of Israel and the US.

31 posted on 04/19/2002 8:46:34 AM PDT by Sabramerican
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To: Redcloak
Re. Post 26.For every Jew a .22!
How about == For every Jew a 7.62 (308 Winchester).
32 posted on 04/19/2002 8:48:37 AM PDT by dredhawk
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To: Sabramerican
People who support Israel with my views think them all enemies of Israel and the US.

Amen. Also, many in Hollywood interested in foreign policy tend to be close to the Labor party. BiBi was barely tolerated among that crowd in the US.

33 posted on 04/19/2002 8:52:09 AM PDT by Clemenza
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To: Crunchy Jello
We cannot live without your expert analysis. So to fulfill your request for Portman pulchritude, here goes:


34 posted on 04/19/2002 8:53:23 AM PDT by egarvue
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To: Clemenza
Schumer is another one like that.

Then there is Carl Levin who is worthless on everything.

35 posted on 04/19/2002 8:54:36 AM PDT by Dan from Michigan
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To: junta
She still sides with the gun grabbing Nazis.

Now that ruins everything!

36 posted on 04/19/2002 8:56:20 AM PDT by Dan from Michigan
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To: mattdono
I must admit that I found her to be quite attractive in Episode I

The way her face lit up right after Anakin Skywalker asked her if she was an angel made it worth the price of admission AND suffering through Jar-Jar Binks.

37 posted on 04/19/2002 8:56:36 AM PDT by murdoog
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To: Dan from Michigan
Visit Israel guys. You'll see many who look just like her, in uniform, slinging a powerful weapon.
38 posted on 04/19/2002 9:01:00 AM PDT by Sabramerican
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To: Crunchy Jello

39 posted on 04/19/2002 9:01:13 AM PDT by DrDavid
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To: Crunchy Jello

40 posted on 04/19/2002 9:04:02 AM PDT by DrDavid
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To: texlok
Sadly, the monetary value of Natalie's "assets" dropped when the paparazzi caught her at the beach one day going topless. Those shots may be some of the most popular photos on the less savory side of the net (no, not DU, the porn side).
41 posted on 04/19/2002 9:04:14 AM PDT by LenS
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To: Crunchy Jello
Oh, who the heck am I kidding, its just an excuse to post pics!


And here's one where she got her big start in "The Professional"

42 posted on 04/19/2002 9:06:01 AM PDT by egarvue
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To: luvzhottea
but I guess support for Israel tops everything among "conservatives".

Want some cheese with that whine?

43 posted on 04/19/2002 9:06:17 AM PDT by BenF
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To: Crunchy Jello

44 posted on 04/19/2002 9:13:06 AM PDT by DrDavid
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To: Clemenza
I should have clarified. I'm Irish. US politics interests me a bit because it's the world leader in most things. But as for this Israel thing... How you say in your country? "Enough already?"
45 posted on 04/19/2002 9:13:36 AM PDT by Cian
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To: Cian
But as for this Israel thing... How you say in your country? "Enough already?"

I've always liked how it sounded in Italian: YA BASTA!!!

46 posted on 04/19/2002 9:16:50 AM PDT by Clemenza
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To: Clemenza
Kirkpatrick was wrong that time. The people of the Falklands were free subjects of the UK. They spoke English. They didn't want to be citizens of Argentina, a military dictatorship where the people spoke another language. To allow the invasion to stand would have sent the wrong message. From a Realpolitik point of view, the UK and Thatcher were much more important to the US than Argentina -- still are.
47 posted on 04/19/2002 9:18:09 AM PDT by LenS
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To: LenS
The UK just sucks up to us because they know they would be NOTHING in a united Europe without their "special relationship." Like the British people though, particularly the Scots and Welshies.
48 posted on 04/19/2002 9:19:57 AM PDT by Clemenza
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To: dennisw
Never heard of the young lass...bright kid though!
49 posted on 04/19/2002 9:20:43 AM PDT by HockeyPop
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To: mountaineer
Both letters in their entirety here.

That thread is gone. I wonder why. Are we protecting Queen Natalie's real name?

50 posted on 04/19/2002 9:28:16 AM PDT by Timesink
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