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Jordan is debating whether to screen Wonder Woman
Lebanon has already boycotted the film starring Gal Gadot, and now Jordan has to make a decision; the film was transferred to the Communications Commission, which has yet to decide whether to approve the screening; campaigns against Israel exert pressure.
After Lebanon decided not to screen Wonder Woman starring Gal Gadot, Jordan was faced with a similar decision. Jordan's media commissioner Mohammad Qutaishat said on Friday in a conversation with the official news agency that the commission had received the film to determine whether it meets the standards and laws in force in the country.

 

 

"Every film has to be presented to a committee in the Communications Commission, which needs to approve its screening in theaters," said Qutaishat, who in fact responded to rumors circulating in the Hashemite Kingdom that the film had already been shown in Amman and Irbid.

 

Wonder Woman poster in Beirut. Will Jordan follow in its footsteps? (Photo: AP)
Wonder Woman poster in Beirut. Will Jordan follow in its footsteps? (Photo: AP)

 

The media commissioner warned that the screening of the film without the approval of the Communications Commission was a violation of the law, which would require taking steps against the cinema that presented the film.

 

Much like in Lebanon, Jordan also emphasized the fact that Gadot served in the IDF. The Jordanian newspaper Jordan Times interviewed two Jordanians who expressed their aversion to the screening of the film, with one quoted as saying that "the film should be banned because the main character supports the occupation of Palestine."

 

"I read that the film aims to spread the message of empowering women, but can we rely on this message when we know that it supports the crimes of Israel against humanity?" asked a resident of Amman.

 

(Photo: Reuters)
(Photo: Reuters)

 

One of the Jordanian campaigns against normalization with Israel released an announcement calling on Jordanians to boycott the movie: "We remind the Jordanians of their obligation to boycott the film, and we refuse to be partners to the crimes of the Zionists and to increase their profits from this film. The Arab audience will not be involved in projects that represent Zionism and the Israeli army."

 

In the last few hours, the campaign published a message under the slogan "so that the enemy is not a hero." The announcement said that they noticed that two movie theaters had removed the film from their website, but in one of the sites it still appears as one of the films that are expected to be screened.

 

They also warned that they would follow-up on the events in the coming weeks to see if the film is actually screened in those cinemas.

 

As is well known, Israel and Jordan signed a peace agreement 23 years ago, but in the shadow of the impasse on the Palestinian issue, groups that oppose Israel sometimes succeed in dictating the tone, as in other Arab countries.

 

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