Banning Spielberg in Lebanon

Lebanon bans Spielberg’s new movie over director’s link to Israel

Lebanon bans Spielberg’s new movie over director’s link to Israel

Tom Hanks portrays Ben Bradlee and Meryl Streep portrays Katharine Graham in a scene from "The Post".

Lebanon's censorship authorities have recommended a ban on Steven Spielberg's newspaper drama The Post ahead of its planned opening this week in theatres in Beirut.

It was the latest high-profile picture to be banned in Lebanon after Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman was denied release based on star Gal Gadot being Israeli and having served in the army.

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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.

In a surprise reversal, Lebanon's Interior Ministry has overturned a move to ban Steven Spielberg's awards-season contender, The Post, and will allow the release of the film beginning tomorrow.

"We think this is not the right decision", he said.

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Banned films can often be found in bootleg movie shops across the country for as little as one dollar, and even blacklisted books can sometimes be found in regular bookstores.

As Lebanon bans this movie and continues to slander and incite hatred against the Jewish state, Lebanese moviegoers need to hear The Post's stirring message of freedom more than ever, that truth should never be feared, that we should all think for ourselves and not be blindly led into war or conflict or hatred.

"This is an unbelievable development, and to the best of my knowledge, unprecedented in Lebanon", Gino Raidy, of the anti-censorship group March, wrote on his blog.

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Several days ago, the Lebanese branch of the Campaign to Boycott the Supporters of Israel (CBSI) called on Lebanese nationals to boycott "Jungle", citing ties to Israel. "Lebanon, or certain sectors in Lebanon, have recently realized the dangers of cultural and academic normalization with Israel. after this whole Arab overture to Israel". The 2015 movie "Spotlight", about the Boston Globe's investigation into the abuse of children by the Catholic clergy, was barred apparently because it cast the Catholic Church in a bad light (around half of Lebanon's population is Christian).

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