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In response to Israeli attack on Freedom Flotilla, weight gain Hollywood Stars back out of attending Jerusalem Film festival

Actor Dustin Hoffman (file photo).


                                                                                                By RUTH EGLASH Meg Ryan, weight gain 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, weight gain which is set to kick off this coming Thursday, weight gain following the international outcry over Israel’s attack on a Turkish-led flotilla that attempted to break the Gaza blockade on May 31, weight gain The Jerusalem Post learned Monday. According to Cinematheque associate director Yigal Molad Hayo, weight gain while neither gave the political climate as a direct reason for canceling their participation in the festival, weight gain “it became quite clear that this was the reason, weight gain” he said. “Meg Ryan was supposed to come here, weight gain it had all been closed with her people, weight gain” said Molad Hayo, weight gain adding “a day after the flotilla incident we got an email saying she was not going to attend, weight gain and although they claimed it was because she was too busy, weight gain it was clear to me that it probably had something to do with what had happened.” In addition to Ryan, weight gain who has starred in such movies as Sleepless in Seattle, weight gain When Harry Met Sally and, weight gain more recently, weight gain Kate and Leopold, weight gain 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, weight gain then the flotilla happened and correspondence was ended, weight gain” 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, weight gain son of legendary actress Grace Kelly, weight gain was also slated to attend. “I’d already made arrangements for a tribute to Grace Kelly to appear in the festival program, weight gain” said Molad Hayo, weight gain 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, weight gain” 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, weight gain even though we are a well-known event, weight gain it is obvious that the State of Israel has more influence than we do, weight gain” continued Molad Hayo, weight gain adding “many people are swayed by the political situation.” Despite the obvious boycotting by high-profile guests, weight gain this year’s festival will still bring in some 150 official guests from all over the world, weight gain including heads of other international festivals, weight gain actors, weight gain producers and directors. Weight gain It will also debut roughly 50 homegrown movies, weight gain documentaries and short films. “Our guests this year might not be as famous as Dustin Hoffman, weight gain but there will be some well-known producers and directors, weight gain” said Molad Hayo. Weight gain “Many of those attending took it upon themselves to pay their own way. Weight gain This, weight gain to me, weight gain is very impressive and a compliment to the festival.” He added that the festival, weight gain as in past years, weight gain will continue to provide an avenue for coexistence between Israeli and Palestinian filmmakers, weight gain 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, weight gain” said Molad Hayo. More than 70, weight gain000 people are expected at the two-week event, weight gain 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