Lebanon won’t get to experience the wonders of Wonder Woman.
The country has officially banned the acclaimed superhero film from theaters because its star, Gal Gadot, is Israeli, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Before she broke into Hollywood, Gadot had served in the Israeli army, which all Israeli citizens serve for a time.
Neighboring Israel and Lebanon are technically at war, and the Arab nation has a law that bans Israeli products.
Earlier this week, Arab News cited The Daily Star newspaper in Lebanon as reporting that the Lebanese Ministry of Economy and Trade had been prompted to “take the necessary measures” to keep the film out of the country.
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The Associated Press previously reported that a group called the Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel-Lebanon pushed for the ban, pointing out on its Facebook page that Gadot, 32, was once a member of the Israeli Army and has expressed concern about the “horrific acts conducted by Hamas” on her own Facebook page.
The decision came just hours before the film was set to premiere in the capital city of Beirut. THR claims the ban was decided by a six-member Ministry of Economy committee.
Before the ruling, the film was scheduled to screen in 15 Lebanese theaters.