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Hollywood actors Meg Ryan and Dustin Hoffman have boycotted Jerusalem Film Festival in response to Israel's deadly attack on the Turkish-flagged Flotilla.
Sunday, July 11,2010 15:58
 Hollywood actors Meg Ryan and Dustin Hoffman have boycotted Jerusalem Film Festival in response to Israel's deadly attack on the Turkish-flagged Flotilla. The two actors backed out of attending this year's annual festival, which is set to kick off July 8, to join the international outcry over Israeli commandos' slaying of activists in the Flotilla, the Jerusalem Post reported on Tuesday. Israel came under international criticism after its commandos stormed the Turkish-led aid convoy in international waters while they attempted to break the Israeli siege of Gaza Strip on May 31. According to Jerusalem Film Festival deputy director Yigal Molad-Hayo, the two movie stars did not give a direct political reason for canceling their participation in the festival. “Meg Ryan was supposed to come here,” said Molad-Hayo. “A day after the Flotilla incident we got an email saying she was not going to attend, and although they claimed it was because she was too busy, it was clear to me that it probably had something to do with what had happened.” “We were also very close to reaching an agreement with Dustin Huffman, then the Flotilla happened and correspondence was ended,” Molad-Hayo further explained. Ryan and Hoffman are not the only high-profile names to decline participation in this year's festival. Prince Albert of Monaco was also scheduled to attend. Molad-Hayo also added 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. (Reference for text: Press TV. Photo: Via Google/file)
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