Shared from the 2017-06-01 Chattanooga eEdition

Lebanon bans ‘Wonder Woman’ because lead Gal Gadot is Israeli

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Gal Gadot

BEIRUT — Lebanese authorities banned the new “Wonder Woman” movie Wednesday hours before it was due to premiere in the capital and following a campaign against its lead actress, Gal Gadot, who served in the Israeli army, a security official and activists said.

Cinemas in Beirut began removing the movie posters and cinema executives said the movie will not be shown because of the ban.

Lebanon is officially at war with Israel and the two countries have been through a number of wars. A particularly devastating 2006 war battered Lebanon’s infrastructure and left hundreds of civilians killed.

The ban is in accordance with a decades-old law that boycotts Israeli products and bars Lebanese citizens from traveling to Israel or having contacts with Israelis.

The official said the ban issued Wednesday by the minister of interior has been relayed to the distribution company, which in turn must inform the theaters planning to show the movie.

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