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Lebanon Allows Spielberg's New Film After Long-Time Ban

Lebanon Allows Spielberg's New Film After Long-Time Ban

Lebanon is technically at war with Israel, and the movement to boycott Israel enjoys wide support in the country.

"Israel is still officially at war with Lebanon and when two states are at war it is normal for them to take certain measures against each other", he said.

Lebanon's censorship board had made the decision to ban the film based on a "boycott Israel" list, which Spielberg appears on since he shot some scenes from the 1993 film "Schindler's List" in Jerusalem, the Hollywood Reporter reported Sunday, citing a source involved with the movie's worldwide rollout.

The film, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, tells the story of the Washington Post's efforts to publish the Pentagon Papers, classified documents that revealed the failures of the US war in Vietnam. Jungle isn't an Israeli movie, but it does star Daniel Radcliffe portraying the real-life story of Yossi Ghinsberg, an Israeli tourist who was lost in the Amazon jungle for several weeks in 1981 and survived despite overwhelming odds.

Wonder Woman might belong to an imaginary all-female race living on an invisible island called Themyscira, but since she was portrayed by Israeli actress Gal Gadot, that was enough reason for Wonder Woman and Justice League to be banned in Lebanon. "The Insult" has was released in Lebanon by Italia Film. Lebanese laws place sanctions on artistic content created by people connected to Israel.

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In 2010, the American director, producer, and screenwriter was also blacklisted by the Arab League's Central Boycott office after it was revealed that Spielberg made a $1 million donation to Israel during the 2006 war in Lebanon.

The ban sparked an outcry on social media, prompting both Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Foreign Minister Gebran to urge Mashnouq to reverse the ban, Carlo Vincente, General Manager of Italia Films, the movie's distribution group, told Annahar Wednesday. Lebanese citizens are not allowed to travel or have contact with Israeli citizens.

"The Post" is a newspaper drama about The Washington Post's publishing of the Pentagon's papers and which delves into USA responsibility in Vietnam's war in 1971, and the government lies about it.

Many free-speech advocates in the country noted the irony of banning a movie whose plot promotes press freedoms.

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