Lebanon Plans To Ban 'The Post' Over Spielberg's Pro-Israel Stance

Lebanon Plans To Ban 'The Post' Over Spielberg's Pro-Israel Stance

Lebanon's interior ministry has overturned a ban on screening the newspaper drama "The Post", directed by Steven Spielberg.

The Censorship Committee of the General Security Directorate made a decision to ban Spielberg's film in accordance with laws obliging Lebanon to enforce the Arab League's boycott of Israel.

"The Post" is a newspaper drama about The Washington Post's publishing of the Pentagon's papers and which delves into US responsibility in Vietnam's war in 1971, and the government lies about it.

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".

Isaac Fahed, sales and distribution manager of the Grand Cinemas chain, one of Lebanon's largest, said the film will open in theaters on Thursday after "mediation" between the distributor and the Interior Ministry. Most of Spielberg's subsequent films have, however, been shown in Lebanon without problems - except that his name was blacked out from the poster advertising "The Adventures of Tintin".

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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.

Gino Raidy of the March advocacy group wrote in his blog, "Why is The Post on the chopping block?"

The other film that got the censorship axe was "Jungle", a survival drama about Israeli adventurer Yossi Ghinsberg, who got lost in an uncharted part of the Bolivian Amazon in 1981.

Some months back, movie-goers in Beirut who thought they were going to see the premier of Wonder Woman were disappointed when all screenings were canceled only hours before showtime because the lead role was played by Gal Gadot - an Israeli actress.

Lebanon is divided on the boycott-driven bans, with some welcoming them as a bulwark against the "cultural normalisation" of Israel's occupation.

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