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Tunisia withdraws ‘Death on the Nile’ from theaters over Gal Gadot

Screenings of Kenneth Branagh film, already banned in Kuwait and Lebanon for same reason, cancelled after protest by pro-Palestinian activists

This image released by 20th Century Studios shows Gal Gadot in a scene from 'Death on the Nile.' (20th Century Studios via AP)
This image released by 20th Century Studios shows Gal Gadot in a scene from 'Death on the Nile.' (20th Century Studios via AP)

TUNIS, Tunisia — Tunisia has withdrawn from theaters a new Agatha Christie adaptation starring Israeli actress Gal Gadot, following protests over “normalization” with the Jewish state, officials said Wednesday.

British director Kenneth Branagh’s “Death on the Nile,” already banned in Kuwait and Lebanon for the same reason, will no longer be shown in theaters across the North African country, the ministry’s press office said.

Movie theaters had been showing the film since February 9, but, following protests, the ministry and the visual arts authority had agreed to ban it, activists and Tunisian media said.

“The main actress in the film is Israeli, was trained in the [Israeli] army and supports the colonization of Palestinian territory,” said Kaouther Saida Chebbi, head of an anti-Zionist women’s movement.

Theaters in Tunis confirmed to AFP that they would no longer show the film.

Tunisia, which hosted the Palestinian Liberation Organization from 1982-1994, has a long history of backing the Palestinian cause.

In 2017, it banned Patty Jenkins’ film “Wonder Woman,” also starring Gadot.

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