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

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Lebanon follows the blacklist policy, in accordance with a cultural boycott on Israel, but several Spielberg films have actually been screened in their cinemas, including "The Adventures of Tintin", "The BFG" and "Bridge of Spies".

Lebanon is officially at war with Israel and has a boycott again Israel in place.

Lebanon authorities have taken steps to ban 20th Century Fox's "The Post" due to director Steven Spielberg's pro-Israel Stance, Fox News reports.

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.

After being accused in 2006 for being critical of Israel following the release of his movie Munich, Spielberg, who is Jewish American, told German magazine Der Spiegel: "If it became necessary, I would be prepared to die for the U.S. and for Israel". The Interior Ministry has the final word on implementing the ban, he said, but it is unusual for the ministry to overturn the decision of the censorship committee.

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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. "We think that notwithstanding the fame and the importance of Steven Spielberg, for the sake of our martyrs and for the sake of Lebanon, our national dignity is more important than any creative elements connected to this film".

Gino Raidy of the March advocacy group wrote in his blog, "Why is The Post on the chopping block?" Lebanese law prohibits any contact between Lebanese and Israeli citizens, even in a third country.

Last year Lebanon banned the film "Wonder Woman" over the starring role of the Israeli actor Gal Gadot. The film, "Jungle", starring Daniel Radcliffe, is the story of about Israeli adventurer Yossi Ghinsberg who got lost in an uncharted part of the Bolivian Amazon in 1981.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri personally intervened to override a ban on screening the movie "The Post" after an outcry among many Lebanese, government officials said Wednesday.

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