Natalie Portman did NOT contribute $50 million as reported

I received this email from Hadassah.

This (that she gave) is not true. This “story” was originally misreported exactly six years ago this month when Hadassah announced it had raised $50 million in just two short years from quite a variety of sources for a new center for emergency medicine. Natalie Portman appeared at the event but did not contribute to the center. For some unknown reason, last week, people began to re-circulate the very old, very wrong version of the story claiming that Portman had made a $50 million donation.

Hadassah would be grateful if you would post a correction to this post. This was obviously no fault of yours. But these things quickly take on a life of their own. Thanks very much.

I apologize for my error.

March 11, 2011 | 7 Comments »

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  1. Again, that’s referring to the hospital and university campuses on Har Hatzofim, not the Hospital in Ein Kerem, nor the HU Givat Ram campus. When I referred to Har Hatzofim as “freed land”, I was referring to post-67, not pre.

  2. Well, for leftist, progressive, antizionists, that ain’t “worth” nothing. I stand firm: Hadassah and hebrew University are “across the Green Line”. Yes, they were included in a special zone, as Wikipedia has it:

    “Several demilitarized “no man’s land” zones were established along the border, one of them Mount Scopus…Article VIII of the 1949 Armistice Agreements signed by Israel and Jordan in April 1949[6] called for a resumption of “the normal functioning of the cultural and humanitarian institutions on Mount Scopus and free access thereto; free access to the Holy Places and cultural institutions and use of the cemetery on the Mount of Olives; resumption of operation of the Latrun pumping station; provision of electricity for the Old City; and resumption of operation of the railroad to Jerusalem.”[6] In January 1958, Francis Urrutia, a representative of the UN Secretary-General, tried to persuade Jordan to abide by Article VIII, but without success.[4] In May 1958, Jordanian soldiers fired on Israeli patrols, killing a UN officer and four Israeli policemen. Ralph Bunche, assistant to UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld visited Jerusalem and Amman to find a solution, followed by Hammarskjöld himself, again unsuccessfully.[4] The Mount Scopus Agreement signed on July 7, 1948 regulated the demilitarised zone around Mount Scopus and authorized the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization to settle disputes between the Israelis and Jordanians.”

    Demilitarized would seem to mean not previously under Israeli sovereignty.

  3. For what it’s worth, Hadassah Ein Kerem is in pre-67 Israel. The Har Hatzofim facility is on freed land.