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Lebanese ministry bans Wonder Woman film

Thursday, June 01, 2017 - 01:53

Lebanese ministry bans 'Wonder Woman' film over Israeli actress. Rough Cut - no reporter narration

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NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Lebanon's Interior Ministry banned the new "Wonder Woman" film from cinemas on Wednesday because an Israeli actress plays the lead role, a ministry source and a security official said. Lebanon considers Israel an enemy country and the Ministry of Economy and Trade oversees a boycott of any business transactions concerning Israel. The movie was set to premiere in most of Beirut's major cinemas on Wednesday night, after private showings had been held the day before. The distributor for Warner Brothers in the region said the public release screenings were canceled a few hours in advance. The ministry source said they had issued an order to ban the movie, which stars former Israeli army soldier Gal Gadot, based on a recommendation from the General Security directorate. The Israeli actress also appeared in the movie "Batman v Superman" and in sequels of "Fast and Furious", all of which played in Lebanese theaters. Israel fought a month-long war with its Lebanese foe Hezbollah in 2006, and has targeted the Shi'ite armed group with strikes in Syria in recent years, but there has been no major direct confrontation. The 2006 war killed around 160 Israelis, most of them troops fighting inside Lebanon, while 1,200 people in Lebanon, mostly civilians, died in Israel's military barrages. A U.N.-monitored ceasefire has largely held since the 2006 war, which also displaced a million people in Lebanon and nearly 500,000 in Israel. The Iranian-backed Hezbollah movement played a major role in ending Israel's 1982-2000

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Lebanese ministry bans Wonder Woman film

Thursday, June 01, 2017 - 01:53