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Lebanon Bans "The Post"

The reason: Steven Spielberg shot some scenes for Schindler's List in Israel.

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So reports The Hollywood Reporter (Tatiana Siegel):

A source involved with The Post's international rollout says the movie, which stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, was presented to the Lebanese censorship board, which nixed it, citing a "boycott Israel" list that includes Spielberg due to his Oscar-winning Holocaust film Schindler's List (the 1993 film shot some scenes in Jerusalem).

The matter has been transferred to Lebanon's Minister of Interior and Municipalities, who could overturn the decision….

The source says the move came as a shock, given that over the past three years, at least five films either directed or produced by Spielberg were accepted and approved by the censorship board and it is only now that it is invoking Spielberg's inclusion on the "boycott Israel" list.

Wonder Woman was also apparently banned in Lebanon, because Gal Godot is Israeli. Lebanon is still formally in a state of war with Israel.