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                                                                                                By RUTH EGLASH Meg Ryan, find french red wine 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, find french red wine which is set to kick off this coming Thursday, find french red wine following the international outcry over Israel’s attack on a Turkish-led flotilla that attempted to break the Gaza blockade on May 31, find french red wine The Jerusalem Post learned Monday. According to Cinematheque associate director Yigal Molad Hayo, find french red wine while neither gave the political climate as a direct reason for canceling their participation in the festival, find french red wine “it became quite clear that this was the reason, find french red wine” he said. “Meg Ryan was supposed to come here, find french red wine it had all been closed with her people, find french red wine” said Molad Hayo, find french red wine adding “a day after the flotilla incident we got an email saying she was not going to attend, find french red wine and although they claimed it was because she was too busy, find french red wine it was clear to me that it probably had something to do with what had happened.” In addition to Ryan, find french red wine who has starred in such movies as Sleepless in Seattle, find french red wine When Harry Met Sally and, find french red wine more recently, find french red wine Kate and Leopold, find french red wine 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, find french red wine then the flotilla happened and correspondence was ended, find french red wine” 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, find french red wine son of legendary actress Grace Kelly, find french red wine was also slated to attend. “I’d already made arrangements for a tribute to Grace Kelly to appear in the festival program, find french red wine” said Molad Hayo, find french red wine 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, find french red wine” 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, find french red wine even though we are a well-known event, find french red wine it is obvious that the State of Israel has more influence than we do, find french red wine” continued Molad Hayo, find french red wine adding “many people are swayed by the political situation.” Despite the obvious boycotting by high-profile guests, find french red wine this year’s festival will still bring in some 150 official guests from all over the world, find french red wine including heads of other international festivals, find french red wine actors, find french red wine producers and directors. Find french red wine It will also debut roughly 50 homegrown movies, find french red wine documentaries and short films. “Our guests this year might not be as famous as Dustin Hoffman, find french red wine but there will be some well-known producers and directors, find french red wine” said Molad Hayo. Find french red wine “Many of those attending took it upon themselves to pay their own way. Find french red wine This, find french red wine to me, find french red wine is very impressive and a compliment to the festival.” He added that the festival, find french red wine as in past years, find french red wine will continue to provide an avenue for coexistence between Israeli and Palestinian filmmakers, find french red wine 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, find french red wine” said Molad Hayo. More than 70, find french red wine000 people are expected at the two-week event, find french red wine 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