'Wonder Woman' star's Israeli heritage causes stir
I had the pleasure of being a part of an interfaith tour of Israel and the Palestinian Territories in January and the trip continues to resonate in so many ways.
Yesterday, I was intrigued to find that the new movie "Wonder Woman" featuring actress Gal Gadot has been banned from Lebanon because she is Israeli.
As religion editor, I probably would have found this story interesting anyway, but after my trip to the Holy Land, it is particularly intriguing to me.
The ban seems to stem from the continued animosity stirred by a month-long conflict between Israeli and Hezbollah forces in Lebanon during the summer of 2006.
Prior to the ban, social media was abuzz with Lebanese people who were adversely affected by the 2006 conflict. Many of them said they did not think the film featuring an Israeli star should be promoted or shown in Lebanon.
There apparently were plenty of other Lebanese who said they wanted to see the movie and saw no reason it shouldn't be shown in Lebanon.
Well, the ban is on, as of this writing.
I'm hoping to see the film tomorrow myself.
Here are a few links to stories on the subject:
The Times of Israel: "Gal Gadot censored from speaking about Lebanon 'Wonder Woman' ban"