Qatar Becomes Third Arab Country to Ban ‘Wonder Woman’ Over Lead Israeli Actress Gal Gadot

The film is also currently banned in Lebanon and Tunisia because of Gadot's Israeli nationality

Israeli actress Gal Gadot, in her character's iconic garb, emerges from a trench in a scene from "Wonder Woman."
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Qatar has become the third Arab-majority country to ban the screening of the movie “Wonder Woman” because lead actress Gal Gadot is Israeli.

The film had been scheduled to premiere in Qatar Thursday and was being promoted by local theater chains VOX Cinemas Qatar and Novo Cinemas. But in the days before its scheduled release, the film was removed from cinema websites, Doha News reported.

The film currently is banned in Lebanon and Tunisia. Jordan’s Communications Commission initially banned the film and then allowed it to be screened “due to a lack of legal precedent.”

Gadot, 32, does not shy away from touting her Israeli heritage. She praised the Israeli military in a widely shared Facebook post during the 2014 Gaza War. She served in the Israeli army as a combat instructor during the 2006 Lebanon War.

The film has grossed over $700 million worldwide since its release, Forbes reported.