Israeli actress Gal Gadot plays the lead role in action movie Wonder Woman
Israeli actress Gal Gadot plays the lead role in action movie Wonder Woman

Lebanon has banned the blockbuster Wonder Woman because lead actress Gal Gadot is Isreali.

Lebanon’s Ministry of Economy issued the ban just before the film was scheduled to premiere in Lebanon, which is officially at war with Israel.

It was blocked by the government because of the star’s nationality and her support for Israel’s army.

Lebanon’s Grand Cinemas movie theater chain announced the ban on its Twitter page.

The film had passed the country’s standard screening procedures but lobby group ‘Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel-Lebanon’ put pressure on the government urging them not to screen it.

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.

Moreover leading actress Gadot was a soldier in the Israeli army, and has expressed support for Israel’s military policies against the Gaza Strip, a coastal Palestinian territory run by the militant Hamas group.

In a widely shared posting on her Facebook page, Gadot had praised Israel’s military during the Gaza-Israel 2014 war, sending prayers to Israeli soldiers ‘who are risking their lives protecting my country against the horrific acts conducted by Hamas’.

Campaigners lobbied for the movie to be banned because of Gadot's nationality and support for the Israeli army
Campaigners lobbied for the movie to be banned because of Gadot’s nationality and support for the Israeli army.

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