Hoffman and Ryan snub Israel festival

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In an apparent reaction to the Gaza flotilla incident, actors Meg Ryan and Dustin Hoffman reportedly have backed out of attending the Jerusalem Film Festival. Ryan, star of When Harry Met Sally, canceled her appearance the day after the Gaza flotilla incident. Hoffman, famous for Rainman broke off negotiations, which had reached an "advanced" stage, the day after the incident in which Israeli Navy commandos boarded a Gaza-bound vessel attempting to break a maritime blockade, resulting in the death of nine violent activists. In addition to the actors, Prince Albert of Monaco canceled his participation in the event, which begins Thursday and runs for two weeks. The film festival is scheduled to have a tribute to actress Grace Kelly, the prince's mother.