September 16, 2009 at 08:44 PM EDT

Academy Award-winning actress Jane Fonda apologized yesterday for signing a petition decrying the Toronto International Film Festival’s decision to screen films by artists from Tel Aviv. In an article on the Huffington Post blog, she remonstrated herself for attaching her name to criticism that the festival was being politicized. “I signed the letter without reading it carefully enough, without asking myself if some of the wording wouldn’t exacerbate the situation rather than bring about constructive dialogue,” she wrote. Several luminaries have come out in support of the film fest’s decision to showcase the Israeli films, including Natalie Portman, Jerry Seinfeld, and Sacha Baron Cohen.

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