"Slaughter and justice cannot dwell together.”
What: Natalie Portman approvingly cited a quotation comparing the way people treat animals to the Holocaust in a video released Monday by the animal rights group PETA.
Portman, 37, an Academy Award-winning actress, paid tribute to Nobel laureate
The video was released to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Singer winning the Nobel Prize in Literature.
“Isaac Singer grew up in the same part of Poland as my family,” Portman said in the video. “And like them, he fled the horrors of the Holocaust. But the cruelties he witnessed made Singer one of the most powerful writers of the 20th century.”
Portman said Singer was "far ahead of his time" in that the characters in his Yiddish novels "championed women's issues, gay marriage, and especially animal rights."
The film clip ends with a final quote from Singer: “As long as people will shed the blood of innocent creatures there can be no peace, no liberty, no harmony. Slaughter and justice cannot dwell together.”
Why: PETA has long courted controversy in its advocacy, including when it comes to the Holocaust.
In 2009, a German court banned PETA from continuing to compare eating meat to the Nazi's atrocities against Jews during the Holocaust.