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BDS Lebanon warns theaters not to screen 'Wonder Woman' film starring Israeli

Gal Gadot, pictured on March 20, 2016, is the star of "Wonder Woman" in Warner Brothers' hotly anticipated upcoming film
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Star Gal Gadot served in Israeli military and spoke in support of it, angering anti-Israel activists

The Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in Lebanon on Sunday again issued a call to boycott the upcoming "Wonder Woman" film because it stars an Israeli.

The movement's Lebanon branch published a post on its Facebook page warning that the star of the film was Israeli and tagged several major cinemas.

BDS Lebanon criticized the casting of the Israeli Gal Gadot as far back as April 2016, when the actress played the same role in "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice".


In a letter sent that month by BDS to Lebanon's Economic MInistry, movement representative Dr. Abdel Malik Sukria highlighted Gadot's service in the Israeli military.

"This actress served in the IDF and was crowned the beauty queen of Israel. She also revealed her support for the IDF during the last war in Gaza," he wrote.

Gadot has spoken publicly about her time in the Israeli military.

Conscription to the army is compulsory in Israel and like many young women in the country Gadot spent two years in uniform.

During the summer of 2014 Gadot sparked a heated online debate about the summer's fighting between Israel and Hamas when she posted a Facebook photo of herself and her daughter lighting Shabbat candles, accompanied by a message saying she was sending her "love and prayers to my fellow Israeli citizens. Especially to all the boys and girls who are risking their lives protecting my country against the horrific acts conducted by Hamas, who are hiding like cowards behind women and children."


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