Lebanon, which once was a beautiful country where for a brief time Jews could live in peace (see the 1926 Constitution of Lebanon) is now so anti-Semitic that there is a motion being considered by the Ministry of Economy to ban the new film Wonder Woman because the actress playing Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot, is a proud Israeli Jew.
A group called Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel-Lebanon railed against Gadot on Facebook, noting that she was a soldier in the Israeli army and had expressed support for Israel’s military during the Gaza War in 2014. Gadot had tweeted she was praying for soldiers “who are risking their lives protecting my country against the horrific acts conducted by Hamas.”
Samah Idriss, a member of the boycott campaign, told The Associated Press, “The state took the right decision. We now await the implementation. … Even if it is one hour before the show, they should ban it anyway.”
The movie is scheduled to premiere on Wednesday in Beirut. Posters of the movie and digital billboards had been seen in Beirut.
In 2009, Gad Elmaleh, a French comedian of Moroccan-Jewish descent, canceled appearing in Lebanon because Hezbollah reported he served in the Israeli army; in 2015, Miss Lebanon, Saly Greige, was shown in a selfie with Miss Israel, Doron Matalon, in Miami, causing her to come under attack by those opposed to Israel.
Wonder Woman is supposed to be shown in United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain.
When Gadot was first announced as the lead in the film some leftists were delighted at the idea of a woman being the lead in a super-hero movie. But that euphoria soon disappeared when they found out she was an Israeli Jew.