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The Gulf nation of Kuwait has decided to ban “Death on the Nile,” a new film starring Israeli actress Gal Gadot and due to be released this month in the United States.

The film is directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also co-stars in the movie – an adaptation of one of the most famous stories by British author Agatha Christie.


According to the Kuwaiti Al-Qabas newspaper, the decision was made following social media demands to ban the film due Gadot’s involvement.

“The film faced calls for a boycott in many Arab countries, in conjunction with its release in international cinemas, because its heroine, Gal Gadot, is a former soldier in the Zionist occupation army,” Al-Qabas reported.

The actress is best known for her lead role in the 2017 blockbuster hit, “Wonder Woman” – which was also banned in some Arab countries.

In “Death on the Nile,” Gadot stars as Cleopatra, the queen of Egypt, a woman of Greek Macedonian origins – not black or Arab, as outraged social media writers who slammed Gadot for accepting the role because she was too “white,” claimed Cleopatra was.

Equal outrage was expressed over Gadot’s praise of the IDF, and her condemnation of Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization during its 2014 summer war with Israel.

Kuwait Information Ministry spokesperson Anouar Mourad confirmed the ban in a conversation with the AFP news agency. The country, a strong supporter of the Palestinian Authority, continues to oppose normalization with the Jewish State.

H/T to Abu Ali Express.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.