Lebanon bans The Post

Lebanon bans The Post

Lebanon bans The Post

The film was threatened with a ban because of Spielberg's links to Israel, a country with which Lebanon is still officially at war.

He did not specify their origin but a few days earlier the Lebanese branch of the Campaign to Boycott the Supporters of Israel issued a statement against "Jungle" because its main character is an Israeli, as is one of its producers.

The two countries are technically at war, and Lebanon at times follows the league's blacklist.

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 global rollout.

Spielberg's movie was initially banned along with a film called "Jungle", starring Daniel Radcliffe and telling the story of Israeli Yossi Ghinsberg, who got lost in the Bolivian Amazon in 1981.

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The action movie "Wonder Woman" was refused permission to be shown previous year because the lead actress, Gal Gadot, is an Israeli citizen who had served in the Israeli military. It is only now that the board is invoking Spielberg's inclusion on the "boycott Israel" list.

All of Spielberg's prior films had been banned from Lebanese cinemas as the director was blacklisted by the Arab League in 2007, according to a leaked US State Department memo from 2007, for his $1 million US dollars donation to Israel during its war with Lebanon in 2006. Lebanese laws place sanctions on artistic content created by people connected to Israel. Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri's film "The Attack" was banned as well, which was partially shot in Israel with Israeli actors.

Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks attend "The Post" European Premeire at Odeon Leicester Square on January 10, in London, England.

"We are glad and pleased that justice, reason, and love of cinema has prevailed", the spokesman said, adding that he wanted to "thank everyone involved in the strong, united large popular support movement", including press, bloggers, and other opinion-makers who rallied in support of "The Post" after news of the ban broke.

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