Lebanon's Government Wants To Ban 'Wonder Woman' Because of Its Israeli Lead

Posted 2017/05/30 0 0

Lebanon’s ministry of economy says it has asked the country’s security agency to ban the movie because its lead actress, Gal Gadot, is an Israeli.


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 neighbors is also infused in the cultural scene.

On Tuesday, the Lebanese Ministry of Economy and Trade announced that it had sent a letter to the Lebanese General Security to take steps to prevent the screening of the film. In addition, in April, a letter was sent to the headquarters of the BDS movement in Damascus demanding that Gal Gadot and all films in which she appears be 'blacklisted'. The statement also claimed that the General Secretariat of the Arab League issued a memorandum in April banning the screening of Gadot's films.

However, the ban has not yet been enforced, and a representative of one Lebanese cinema chain stated that a premiere as been planned. Furthermore, the Associated Press has reported posters and digital billboards for the film have been spotted in Beirut.

A security official told AP that a recommendation from a six-ministry-member committee would be required for the ban to be enacted. It would be the first of Gadot's films to be banned, as Fast and the Furious and Batman vs Superman were show in Lebanon, despite the latter seeing protest from campaigners.

Lebanon is officially at war with Israel and has a decades-old law that boycotts Israeli products and bars Lebanese citizens from traveling 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.

“[Soldiers] are risking their lives protecting my country against the horrific acts conducted by Hamas,” the 32-year-old actress wrote on Facebook in 2014, during the Gaza-Israel war.