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                                                                                                By RUTH EGLASH Meg Ryan, order discount propecia 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, order discount propecia which is set to kick off this coming Thursday, order discount propecia following the international outcry over Israel’s attack on a Turkish-led flotilla that attempted to break the Gaza blockade on May 31, order discount propecia The Jerusalem Post learned Monday. According to Cinematheque associate director Yigal Molad Hayo, order discount propecia while neither gave the political climate as a direct reason for canceling their participation in the festival, order discount propecia “it became quite clear that this was the reason, order discount propecia” he said. “Meg Ryan was supposed to come here, order discount propecia it had all been closed with her people, order discount propecia” said Molad Hayo, order discount propecia adding “a day after the flotilla incident we got an email saying she was not going to attend, order discount propecia and although they claimed it was because she was too busy, order discount propecia it was clear to me that it probably had something to do with what had happened.” In addition to Ryan, order discount propecia who has starred in such movies as Sleepless in Seattle, order discount propecia When Harry Met Sally and, order discount propecia more recently, order discount propecia Kate and Leopold, order discount propecia 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, order discount propecia then the flotilla happened and correspondence was ended, order discount propecia” 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, order discount propecia son of legendary actress Grace Kelly, order discount propecia was also slated to attend. “I’d already made arrangements for a tribute to Grace Kelly to appear in the festival program, order discount propecia” said Molad Hayo, order discount propecia 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, order discount propecia” 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, order discount propecia even though we are a well-known event, order discount propecia it is obvious that the State of Israel has more influence than we do, order discount propecia” continued Molad Hayo, order discount propecia adding “many people are swayed by the political situation.” Despite the obvious boycotting by high-profile guests, order discount propecia this year’s festival will still bring in some 150 official guests from all over the world, order discount propecia including heads of other international festivals, order discount propecia actors, order discount propecia producers and directors. Order discount propecia It will also debut roughly 50 homegrown movies, order discount propecia documentaries and short films. “Our guests this year might not be as famous as Dustin Hoffman, order discount propecia but there will be some well-known producers and directors, order discount propecia” said Molad Hayo. Order discount propecia “Many of those attending took it upon themselves to pay their own way. Order discount propecia This, order discount propecia to me, order discount propecia is very impressive and a compliment to the festival.” He added that the festival, order discount propecia as in past years, order discount propecia will continue to provide an avenue for coexistence between Israeli and Palestinian filmmakers, order discount propecia 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, order discount propecia” said Molad Hayo. More than 70, order discount propecia000 people are expected at the two-week event, order discount propecia 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