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Actress Gal Gadot is truly a Wonder Woman on and off the screen. After growing up in Israel and serving in the IDF as a combat instructor, Gadot went on to win Miss Israel in 2004. She was then cast in a recurring role in the Fast & Furious franchise before taking the main stage as Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Reappearing as Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot will be starring in the self-titled movie set to release today, June 1st.
Since April, the Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel in Lebanon (CBSI) has been working to get the movie banned across Lebanon. They sent a letter to the Bureau for the Boycott of Israel in Lebanon’s Ministry of Economy and Trade, citing Gadot’s beauty award and military career in Israel. Aside from her achievements, they adduced her public supported Operation Protective Edge in 2014, when she publicly thanked and sent prayers to the Israeli soldiers on Facebook:
I am sending my love and prayers to my fellow Israeli citizens. Especially to all the boys and girls who are risking their lives protecting my country against the horrific acts conducted by Hamas, who are hiding like cowards behind women and children…We shall overcome!!!
Officially, Lebanon is at war with Israel since the Independence War in 1948 and legally forbids its citizens from contacting Israelis or traveling here. But in December of 1945, even before Israel declared statehood, Lebanon joined the Arab League boycott of Israel in an attempt to weaken Jewish industry and deter Jewish Immigration.
CBSI’s second campaign to boycott Wonder Woman took place this past month. They tagged all the cinemas that released the Wonder Woman trailers in a post warning them that screening the film starring an Israeli is illegal. The movie theaters seemed to ignore the warnings and, instead, had been advertising- asking moviegoers to buy advance tickets.
But just when Wonder Woman looked victorious in combating BDS, the Lebanese Ministry of Economy decided to publicly ban the movie only hours before its first screening. Instead of Wonder Woman saving the world this time, it looks like the movie and real-life Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot, need the world to come out on the side of justice and support Israel more now than ever.