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January 20, 2018 9:00 am

Hezbollah Criticizes Lebanon Decision to Allow Spielberg Film

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Actress Meryl Streep, director Steven Spielberg, and actor Tom Hanks. Photo: Jeff Overs / BBC / Handout via Reuters.

Hezbollah criticized the Lebanese government on Friday for allowing cinemas to screen Steven Spielberg’s film “The Post” despite calls for a ban because of the director’s links to Israel.

The movie premiered in Beirut this week after Lebanon’s interior minister ruled against any ban.

Activists in Lebanon had campaigned against the film because Spielberg gave funds to Israel during its 2006 war with Hezbollah in Lebanon. The two countries are officially enemy states.

“We reject this decision. We consider it a mistake,” said Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the Iran-backed Shi’ite terrorist group.

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“This man announced his support for the Israeli aggression against Lebanon,” Nasrallah said in an address. “He paid Israel from his own money…to kill your children and destroy your houses.”

“The Post” dramatizes the 1971 battle by American newspapers to publish leaked documents, known as the Pentagon Papers, about the US government’s role in the Vietnam War.

Lebanon banned the film “Wonder Woman” last year over the starring role of the Israeli actress Gal Gadot.

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