Palestinians ban 'Justice League' in Ramallah over Gal Gadot

The viral campaign built all in Arabic has a very specific focus on Israeli actress Gal Gadot’s nationality and role as Wonder Woman.

December 6, 2017 18:01
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Justice League. (photo credit: COURTESY OF GLOBUS MAX)

Palestine Cinema Tower, Palestinians' largest film distributor, banned the film Justice League in Ramallah for violating censorship rules, Israeli media reported Sunday.

The decisions was made after local protest was sparked by a viral campaign built all in Arabic focusing on Israeli actress Gal Gadot’s nationality and role as Wonder Woman. Pictures of her in a Wonder Woman costume and IDF uniform are shown in tandem.

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There is no report at this time if the film will be banned in other cities, but the country of Lebanon’s Office of the Boycott of Israel did ban Justice League, announced by Grand Cinema Lebanon on Twitter Wednesday.

This is not the first time Gadot's Israeli background limited a film starring her from showing in an Arab nation.The film Wonder Woman was banned by Qatar, Tunisia, Algeria, Lebanon and other Arab nations specifically because Gadot is Israeli.

Wonder Woman succeeded in the domestic box and was the highest grossing film of the summer and the second highest grossing film of 2017 despite the boycotts. The film was also a critical success, winning numerous awards and launching Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins and Gadot into the pantheons of Hollywood history.

Justice League is currently struggling in the domestic box office, losing out to Coco in the five-day Thanksgiving holiday box office, so it has been relying more on the international box office to recoup its costs.

Gal Kalev and Reuters contributed to this article.

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