During a roundtable interview yesterday for her film Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, which had its gala screening at Roy Thomson Hall last night, Golden Globe-winning actress Natalie Portman explained why she signed a letter to support Tel Aviv's inclusion in TIFF's City to City program. Last week, several artists signed a letter of protest about the city getting a spotlight at TIFF, with filmmaker John Greyson going so far as to pull his film out of the festival. "I just think the protest was very poorly considered," Portman clarified. "I'm not saying Israel is beyond criticism, because there's plenty in Israel's politics that you can criticize. It's just, why boycott artists? It's ridiculous. If you want to talk about applauding places that are built on suffering, the United States was built on the genocide of 40 million native Americans. Are we going to boycott American films?" Love and Other Impossible Pursuits also screens tonight at 9 p.m. at the AMC 6.