Lebanon Bans ‘The Post’ Over Steven Spielberg’s Ties to Israel

Lebanon has banned Steven Spielberg’s newspaper drama The Post just days before the film is set to premiere in Beirut.

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.

Unlike Gal Gadot, whose film Wonder Woman was banned in Lebanon in May, Spielberg is not an Israeli citizen, nor has he ever fought with the Israeli Army. Lebanon is officially at war with Israel.

Italia Film was poised to release The Post in Lebanon on Jan. 18. A spokesperson for Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment says he cannot comment because the company has not been told officially by the Lebanese distributor that the pic will not be released there because of censorship.

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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter, Tatiana Siegel