Thursday, 1 June 2017

Lebanon to ban Wonder Woman over Israeli lead actress

Lebanon is seeking to ban the new Wonder Woman movie because its lead actress, Gal Gadot, is an Israeli - a reflection of how the decades-old animosity between the two neighbours is infused in the cultural scene. A security official said a formal request for a ban has not yet been received. A ban would require a recommendation from a six-member committee from the ministry of economy, a process that has not yet began, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to talk to reporters. A premiere of Wonder Woman is scheduled for Wednesday in at least one cinema in Beirut. Posters of the movie and digital billboards have sprouted up around the Lebanese capital.

Lebanon is officially at war with Israel and has a decades-old law that boycotts Israeli products and bars Lebanese citizens from travelling or having contacts with Israelis. The two countries have been through a number of wars, including a particularly devastating one in 2006 that battered Lebanon’s infrastructure and left hundreds dead.
Warner Bros, which has released the film, declined comment.

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