“Still, it was a joyous moment the minute the law was implemented,” Masri, of the Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel – Lebanon told The Associated Press.
A similar campaign against another movie where Gadot played the role of Wonder Woman last year, “Batman v Superman,” never turned into an outright ban.
Activists have campaigned against the country's law for more than a year, posting billboards of women in bloodied and torn wedding gowns.
Economy Ministry official Alia Abbas told the AP that her department, which is responsible for enforcing the boycott of Israel, had delivered a request to ban “Batman v Superman” last year. This time they presented their petition to the security agencies on Monday, she said.Tensions have been rising between Israel and Hezbollah, with Israel reportedly bombing several Hezbollah targets in Syria in recent months.“We sold many tickets and we had to cancel now,” said Isaac Fahed, sales and distribution manager for Grand Cinemas, the company which had the movie scheduled for 16 of its 18 movie houses.He said his company would abide by the law, despite the losses it would suffer. BEIRUT — Lebanese authorities banned the new “Wonder Woman” movie Wednesday hours before it was due to premiere in the capital and following a campaign against its lead actress, Gal Gadot, who served in the Israeli army, a security official and activists said.
Cinemas in Beirut began removing the movie posters and cinema executives said the movie will not be shown because of the ban."It is no longer possible to escape punishment for rape and sexual acts carried out by force and coercion," said the group, which has spearheaded the campaign to repeal the much-reviled article."Today's win is a victory for the dignity of women," the NGO said.A premiere later Wednesday in Beirut was cancelled.An executive at the Grand Cinema chain said the company was planning to show the movie in 16 out of its 18 theaters around the country, but it would now be removed.The security official said violators of the ban will have to face legal consequences, but he didn’t specify.