Qatari cinemas quit airing ‘Wonder Woman’
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Qatari cinemas quit airing ‘Wonder Woman’

Box office hit superhero film starring Israeli actress Gal Gadot has previously been banned in several Arab countries

Israeli actress Gal Gadot, star of the new 'Wonder Woman' movie. (Clay Enos/DC Comics, via JTA)
Israeli actress Gal Gadot, star of the new 'Wonder Woman' movie. (Clay Enos/DC Comics, via JTA)

Two Qatari movie theater chains have pulled showings of “Wonder Woman” over the weekend, apparently because the film stars Israeli actress Gal Gadot.

Advertising for the superhero movie disappeared from the websites of Vox Cinemas and Novo Cinemas on Friday, according to DOHA News. Both chains later confirmed that they would no longer be screening Wonder Woman at any of their theaters.

It is not clear why they had the change of heart after apparently showing the film for several weeks.

Last month, both Lebanon and Tunisia banned the movie over Gadot’s role. Lebanon is officially at war with Israel and bans Israeli products. Later that month, a prominent Palestinian movie theater in Ramallah banned the movie, citing “political reasons related to the Israeli occupation and the Israeli actress starring in the film.”

Gadot, 32, does not shy away from touting her Israeli heritage. She praised the Israeli military in a widely shared Facebook post during the 2014 Gaza war.

Wonder Woman has grossed an impressive $663 million in ticket sales since its release early last month.

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