Previously set to premiere in Beirut theaters on Wednesday night, the new film Wonder Woman is now banned in Lebanon. Lebanon’s Interior Ministry has officially banned the film because the lead actress, Gal Gadot, is Israeli and a former soldier for the Israeli Defense Force (Al Jazeera). Gadot has previously posted political messages on the social media platform Instagram. In 2014, she posted that she was sending prayers to “[her] fellow Israeli citizens,” especially to those “risking their lives protecting [her] country against the horrific acts conducted by Hamas” (The Guardian).
Lebanon’s Ministry of Economy and Trade oversees a boycott of business transactions between Lebanon and Israel (Al Jazeera). Samah Idriss, a founder of the Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel-Lebanon that lobbied to bar the movie, described the ban as “a victory” (Reuters). The film will still open in other countries in the Middle East, such as the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar. Film distributor Warner Bros. declined to comment (NYT).
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