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Natalie Portman Dior billboard draws criticism from anti-Israel bloggers in Beirut

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The Juice
February 23, 2012
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Natalie Portman has been labeled a menace to Lebanese society.

Local anti-Israel bloggers are complaining about a 50-foot billboard that's gone up in Beirut, depicting the Israeli-American "Black Swan" star marketing Dior cosmetics.

"Since each contact with an Israeli occupation in Lebanon is considered a crime, you do not think hanging a poster size of 15 meters with the Zionist Jerusalem is illegal?" one blogger wrote.

Another blogger claimed Portman, whose birth name is Hershlag, is "very active in Zionist groups" but that her human rights activism stops at Palestinians.

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Though this is not Portman's first billboard in the city (her topless Miss Dior perfume ad reportedly went up in the city in June 2011), it is the first criticism aimed at the star.

Portman became the spokesperson for Dior two years ago after winning an Academy Award for her role as a disturbed ballet dancer in "Black Swan." She appears in two ads for the company: the aforementioned Miss Dior perfume ad and a Diorskin promo in which she reclines in a gauzy top.

In March 2011, the 30-year-old actress distanced herself from Dior designer John Galliano after he was recorded making anti-Semitic remarks

"As an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way," she said at the time, although she had previously posed with Galliano on the red carpet.

As a teenager in 1997, Portman played the eponymous heroine of the holocaust in "The Diary of Anne Frank" onstage in New York; more recently, the actress starred in "Free Zone," the 2005 film about a Jewish-American woman who takes a journey to the Free Zone with a Jewish cab driver and a Palestinian woman.

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