Lebanon has banned the screening of Hollywood movie, ‘Wonder Woman’.
The movie was banned because of its lead actress Gal Gadot, who served in the Israeli military, on the grounds of a long-standing boycott of the Jewish state.
An official with Lebanon’s General Security told AFP that the interior ministry has “decided to ban the screening of this film based on the recommendation of the Arab League’s Israel Boycott Office.”
The decision sparked a social media frenzy, with some Lebanese mocking the authorities but others welcoming it as part of a campaign to isolate Israel.
Lebanon and Israel are still technically in a state of war, and the Arab League maintains a Damascus-based office responsible for coordinating a regional boycott of the Jewish state.
“I am sending my love and prayers to my fellow Israeli citizens,” she wrote.
“Especially to all the boys and girls who are risking their lives protecting my country against the horrific acts conducted by Hamas, who are hiding like cowards behind women and children.”
But many in Lebanon mocked the decision as censorship or a waste of time, pointing out the film could be viewed online.
“Liberating Palestine one movie at a time. #LiveLoveCensorship,” wrote the Stop Cultural Terrorism in Lebanon group, which promotes freedom of expression.
By Tony Nwanne