Tunisia bans Wonder Woman film over Israeli star

Gal Gadot as Diana in Wonder Woman.
Gal Gadot as Diana in Wonder Woman. PHOTO: WARNER BROS PICTURES

TUNIS (AFP) - A Tunisian court has banned the American film Wonder Woman (2017) starring Israeli actress Gal Gadot, more than a month after it had been scheduled to open in cinemas in the Arab state, a legal source said on Wednesday.

Lebanon has also banned Wonder Woman, on the grounds of a long-standing boycott of Israel.

The film was to have been screened at two venues in Tunis in early June but the showings were "suspended" following a complaint from the nationalist Al-Chaab party.

The court finally decided to impose the ban last Friday, prosecution spokesman Sofiene Sliti said, although the verdict was disclosed to the media only this week without a reason given for the judgment.

Al-Chaab demanded that the film be banned because Gadot had defended Israel's 2014 war on the Palestinian enclave of Gaza on Facebook.

 

The case sparked controversy in Tunisia, with supporters of the ban calling for "no normalisation" of ties with the Jewish state and others criticising censorship.