Lebanon Wants to Ban Wonder Woman Because of Israeli Actress Gal Gadot

The move to ban public screenings of the new film is "likely to take place in alignment with Lebanon's policies," security source says

Gal Gadot arrives at the world premiere of "Wonder Woman" at the Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, May 25, 2017.
Gal Gadot arrives at the world premiere of "Wonder Woman" at the Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, May 25, 2017. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Lebanon is seeking to ban the U.S. superhero film "Wonder Woman" because the lead actress, Gal Gadot, is Israeli.

The Ministry of Economy and Trade said Tuesday it is filing an official request to the General Directorate of General Security, an intelligence agency, to ban the public screening of the film.

A security source said that the ban is "likely to take place in alignment with Lebanon's policies."

However, previous efforts by the ministry failed to ban "Batman vs Superman" last year, in which Gadot was also starring.

Posters of "Wonder Woman" have been put up across Beirut in the past few weeks.

Gadot, who was Miss Israel 2004 before she became an actress, completed two years of compulsory service in the Israel Defense Forces.

Lebanon is officially in a state of war with Israel and has boycotted Israeli products for decades. The country also bars any Lebanese citizens from travelling or having contacts with any Israeli national.