- Title: Lebanese ministry bans Wonder Woman film because of Israeli actress
- Date: 31st May 2017
- Summary: BEIRUT, LEBANON (MAY 31, 2017) (REUTERS) TRAFFIC DRIVING ON HIGHWAY VARIOUS OF WONDER WOMAN POSTERS ON BILLBOARDS MORE OF BILLBOARD SHOWING POSTER OF THE FILM WONDER WOMAN / TRAFFIC (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) A FOUNDER OF THE CAMPAIGN TO BOYCOTT SUPPORTERS OF ISRAEL IN LEBANON, SAMAH IDRISS, SAYING: "It was expected for this film to be banned from the Lebanese and Arab cinemas, without all the mess that took place but I don't know what happened. Thank God the film was banned, and we pledge to work on banning any similar films." VARIOUS OF IDRISS SEATED ON SOFA USING HIS MOBILE PHONE
- Embargoed: 14th June 2017 20:46
- Keywords: film boycott lebanon wonder woman israel
- Location: BEIRUT, LEBANON AND UNIDENTIFIED FILMING LOCATIONS
- City: BEIRUT, LEBANON AND UNIDENTIFIED FILMING LOCATIONS
- Country: Lebanon
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0026J67ARR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Lebanon's Interior Ministry banned the new "Wonder Woman" film from cinemas on Wednesday (May 31) because an Israeli actress plays the lead role, a ministry source and a security official said.
Lebanon considers Israel an enemy country and the Ministry of Economy and Trade oversees a boycott of any business transactions concerning Israel.
The movie was set to premiere in most of Beirut's major cinemas on Wednesday night, after private showings had been held the day before. The distributor for Warner Brothers in the region said the public release screenings were cancelled a few hours in advance.
The ministry source said they had issued an order to ban the movie, which stars former Israeli army soldier Gal Gadot, based on a recommendation from the General Security directorate.
Tony Chacra, managing director of the distributor Joseph Chacra and Sons said they had already gained permission to show it in Lebanon until a few days ago when a campaign began.
Chacra also said various Arab countries, including the UAE, Kuwait, and Oman, would screen the movie.
The Israeli actress also appeared in the movie "Batman v Superman" and in sequels of "Fast and Furious", all of which played in Lebanese theatres.
"Thank God the film was banned, and we pledge to work on banning any similar films," said Samah Idriss, a founder of the Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel-Lebanon that lobbied for barring the movie. The campaigners denounced Gadot on Facebook for serving in the Israeli military.
Idriss, whose group had unsuccessfully campaigned to stop "Batman v Superman" last year, described the ban as "a victory".
Israel fought a month-long war with its Lebanese foe Hezbollah in 2006, and has targeted the Shi'ite armed group with strikes in Syria in recent years, but there has been no major direct confrontation.
The 2006 war killed around 160 Israelis, most of them troops fighting inside Lebanon, while 1,200 people in Lebanon, mostly civilians, died in Israel's military barrages.
A U.N.-monitored ceasefire has largely held since the 2006 war, which also displaced a million people in Lebanon and nearly 500,000 in Israel.
The Iranian-backed Hezbollah movement played a major role in ending Israel's 1982-2000 occupation of Lebanon.
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