'Guardian': Arab League issued Spielberg boycott in 2007

December 18, 2010 03:35


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After making a $1m. donation to Israel during the 2006 Second Lebanon War, Steven Spielberg was blacklisted by the Arab League's Central Boycott Office. At least that is what the contents of US diplomatic cable sent from Damascus in 2007 said, The Guardian newspaper reported on Friday.

The British paper said that the cable released by WikiLeaks revealed that a meeting was held by the Arab League's Central Boycott Office in April 2007 during which the 14 Arab states attending voted to ban the sale of films or other products made by or directly connected to the prominent American Jewish director.

The cable in particular describes a briefing given to a US official by the head of the Syrian regional office for the boycott against Israel, Muhammad al-Ajami. Ajami stated that the nation's of Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, and also the Palestinian Authority, agreed to ban all of Spielberg's works within their respective territories, The Guardian quoted the cable as saying.

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