Salita led the organization’s efforts to engage and inspire young Jews around the world, and touched the lives of countless people.
“He adored Israel and had a special connection with Jerusalem ever since he visited to make the film, ‘Cast a Giant Shadow,’ in 1965,” Douglas said.
“We are pleased to be the first foundation to announce support of Beresheet 2 and invite you to join us in supporting this important project,” said Stan Polovets.
The foundation said the actress waived her right to the money back in December and showed ‘disrespect’ to Israelis.
The Foundation will not confirm future of $2 million prize or ties with actress.
"I am not part of the BDS movement and do not endorse it," Portman said.
Winners of the Genesis Prize get to award one million dollars to organizations of their choice.
Natalie Portman said she was "deeply touched and humbled" by the honor.
"We Jews have for centuries suffered as refugees. Now it’s time to help others."
The Genesis Prize Foundation’s Breaking Barriers competition winners plan to use their grants to support people with disabilities in the Jewish world.