Lebanon Bans Wonder Woman Movie Because Star Is Israeli

Christine Rousselle
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Posted: Jun 02, 2017 6:00 PM
Lebanon Bans Wonder Woman Movie Because Star Is Israeli

Lebanon has banned distribution of the new film Wonder Woman because the titular actress, Gal Gadot, is an Israeli and served in the IDF. Lebanon has a ban on the purchase of Israeli products, and Lebanese citizens are not allowed to travel to Israel. Wonder Woman is not an Israeli film and was produced by Warner Bros.

From CNN:

Lebanon and Israel have been fighting for decades.

The most recent major confrontation was in 2006, when Israel sent ground troops across the border and launched air strikes after two Israeli soldiers were killed and three were kidnapped. Around 1,000 Lebanese were killed in the violence.

Lebanon bans the purchase of Israeli products and its citizens are not allowed to travel there.

"We refuse to normalize relations with an enemy state," said Rania Masri, a member of the Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel-Lebanon. "We're not talking about a political disagreement, were talking about resistance against occupation."

Previously, Lebanon has shown films that featured Gadot in a supporting role.

Wonder Woman currently has a 94 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and was released in theaters on Friday.