Lebanon Considering ‘Wonder Woman’ Ban Over Israeli Star
Lebanon might end up banning “Wonder Woman” from the country because the lead actress of the action hero movie, Gal Gadot, was born in Israel.
The Lebanese premiere for the movie is scheduled to take place at at least one theater in Beirut on Wednesday, but a potential ban could prevent the movie from going to the big screen anywhere in the country.
The longstanding feud between Lebanon and Israel has resulted in similar bans before and a group called Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel-Lebanon is leading the effort against the new DC comic film, Fox News reports. (SLIDESHOW: The Hottest Women Of The Israeli Defense Force)
A formal request for a country-wide ban has not gone before the Ministry of Economy yet, according to a security official speaking anonymously to the Associated Press. If a ban is proposed, it would have to receive a recommendation from a six-member committee from the ministry.
Before Gadot became an actress, she served her mandatory two-year military service with the Israeli Defense Force. The 32-year-old actress has also worked as a model and was named Miss Israel in 2004.
On its Facebook page, the boycott group draws attention to the fact that Gadot is a former soldier in the Israeli army and has openly expressed her support of their military and their efforts against the Gaza Strip and Hamas.
Despite the Lebanese people’s open resistance of “Wonder Woman,” Gadot has starred in movies that showed in their theaters before.