Not Just 'Wonder Woman'

Lebanon Bans 'The Post' Too, Citing Spielberg's Israel Ties

Director Steven Spielbergs donation to Israel during the Second Lebanon War is still a bit rich for some people north of the border

Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in Steven Spielberg's 2017 film 'The Post.'
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Lebanon has banned the movie The Post, which was due to premiere in Lebanon this weekend, because director Steven Spielberg donated $1 million to Israel during the 2006 Second Lebanon War, the Lebanese newspaper An-Nahar reported Sunday.

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The Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel-Lebanon successfully pressured the government to ban The Post, which was nominated for six Golden Globes.

Last May, the movement got Wonder Woman banned in Lebanon because its star, Gal Gadot, had served in the Israeli army. But it failed to get the Lebanese Interior Ministry – the countrys final arbiter on censorship – to rule against the 2017 movie Justice League. Gadot had only a cameo in that film as Wonder Woman.

The Post, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, describes the events leading up to the publication in 1971 of the Pentagon Papers – first by The New York Times and then by The Washington Post – which described Americas involvement in Vietnam.