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                                                                                                By RUTH EGLASH Meg Ryan, discount medrol online Dustin Hoffman snub J'lem Festival after ‘Mavi Marmara.’ Hollywood actors Meg Ryan and Dustin Hoffman backed out of attending this year’s annual Jerusalem Film Festival, discount medrol online which is set to kick off this coming Thursday, discount medrol online following the international outcry over Israel’s attack on a Turkish-led flotilla that attempted to break the Gaza blockade on May 31, discount medrol online The Jerusalem Post learned Monday. According to Cinematheque associate director Yigal Molad Hayo, discount medrol online while neither gave the political climate as a direct reason for canceling their participation in the festival, discount medrol online “it became quite clear that this was the reason, discount medrol online” he said. “Meg Ryan was supposed to come here, discount medrol online it had all been closed with her people, discount medrol online” said Molad Hayo, discount medrol online adding “a day after the flotilla incident we got an email saying she was not going to attend, discount medrol online and although they claimed it was because she was too busy, discount medrol online it was clear to me that it probably had something to do with what had happened.” In addition to Ryan, discount medrol online who has starred in such movies as Sleepless in Seattle, discount medrol online When Harry Met Sally and, discount medrol online more recently, discount medrol online Kate and Leopold, discount medrol online Molad Hayo said that the Cinematheque had also reached “advanced negotiations” with Jewish actor Dustin Hoffman. “We were very close to reaching an agreement with him, discount medrol online then the flotilla happened and correspondence was ended, discount medrol online” said Molad Hayo. Ryan and Hoffman are not the only high-profile names to decline participation in this year’s festival. Prince Albert of Monaco, discount medrol online son of legendary actress Grace Kelly, discount medrol online was also slated to attend. “I’d already made arrangements for a tribute to Grace Kelly to appear in the festival program, discount medrol online” said Molad Hayo, discount medrol online adding that he believed Prince Albert’s cancellation could have come from pressure in his own country not to make an official visit to Israel at this time. “I think they believed it could have been very negative for him and even dangerous, discount medrol online” he said. “Many people from the Gulf States have their bank accounts in Monte Carlo and they might not have approved of him coming to a festival in west Jerusalem.” “Sadly, discount medrol online even though we are a well-known event, discount medrol online it is obvious that the State of Israel has more influence than we do, discount medrol online” continued Molad Hayo, discount medrol online adding “many people are swayed by the political situation.” Despite the obvious boycotting by high-profile guests, discount medrol online this year’s festival will still bring in some 150 official guests from all over the world, discount medrol online including heads of other international festivals, discount medrol online actors, discount medrol online producers and directors. Discount medrol online It will also debut roughly 50 homegrown movies, discount medrol online documentaries and short films. “Our guests this year might not be as famous as Dustin Hoffman, discount medrol online but there will be some well-known producers and directors, discount medrol online” said Molad Hayo. Discount medrol online “Many of those attending took it upon themselves to pay their own way. Discount medrol online This, discount medrol online to me, discount medrol online is very impressive and a compliment to the festival.” He added that the festival, discount medrol online as in past years, discount medrol online will continue to provide an avenue for coexistence between Israeli and Palestinian filmmakers, discount medrol online and a delegation from the Cinematheque in Ramallah will attend. “We are well known for encouraging cooperation between Palestinian and Israelis in the area of film, discount medrol online” said Molad Hayo. More than 70, discount medrol online000 people are expected at the two-week event, discount medrol online which will take place at the Cinematheque and at various other locations around the capital. http://www.jpost.com/ArtsAndCulture/Entertainment/Article.aspx?id=180671