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'Wonder Woman' banned in Lebanon

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The highly anticipated superhero movie “Wonder Woman” has been banned from being shown in Lebanon, according to Grand Cinemas, which describes itself as the country’s largest cinema chain.

While the movie is expected to enjoy huge success globally with its female superhero lead actress role, it will no longer be shown in the 15 scheduled Lebanon theatres because the star of the film, Gal Gadot, is from Israel.

The Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel-Lebanon was among the most vocal supporters for a statewide ban and cited Gadot’s two years of service in the Israeli army and a 2014 Facebook post by the actress as its reasons.

Her Facebook post exclaimed that she was praying for Israeli citizens affected by the Gaza conflict and that she condemned “the horrific acts conducted by Hamas, who are hiding like cowards behind women and children.”

Lebanon and Israel share a border and have had strife with each other for decades – the two countries went to war in 2006. As a result, Lebanon does not allow its citizens to travel to Israel and it officially boycotts Israeli products.

The Lebanese were able to see past films in theatres that feature Gadot, including “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and several movies from the “Fast and Furious” series.

“Wonder Woman” remains on schedule to open in other Middle Eastern states, including the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar.    

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