Kuwait bans the casting of the film “Death on the Nile” by an Israeli actress

Kuwait bans the screening of an American film Death on the Nileadapted from a homonymous novel by Agatha Christie and starring Israeli actress Gal Gadot, according to authorities.

Kuwaiti Ministry of Information spokeswoman Anwar Murad said on Sunday that viewers in Kuwait will not be able to watch the film, directed by Kenneth Branagh, just days before the film’s release in the country, confirming reports Press.

She said the decision was made in part because of Gadot’s status as a “former soldier in the occupation army”. Gadot completed his compulsory service in the Israeli army. She has often been the subject of criticism on social networks.

In 2017, Kuwait also banned wonder woman, in which Gadot played the lead role. At the time, the ministry cited his Israeli citizenship as grounds for preventing the film from being screened.

Earlier in the day, Kuwaiti newspaper al-Qabas, reported that the decision was made following demands on social media for the film to be boycotted due to Gadot’s praise of the army’s offensive. against the besieged Gaza Strip in 2014 and its criticism of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas.

The devastating war resulted in the deaths of at least 2,251 Palestinians, mostly civilians.

The Gaza Strip, home to some two million people, has been under a blockade imposed by Israel for more than 14 years. The strict blockade has caused a sharp decline in living standards as well as unprecedented levels of unemployment and persistent poverty.

Israel has also launched three major wars against Gaza since 2008.

In the latest bombing campaign, at least 260 Palestinians, including more than 60 children, were killed in 11 days that began on May 10, 2021. Gaza-based resistance movements retaliated heavily, which took the regime of Tel Aviv by surprise. .

Kuwait is staunchly opposed to normalizing relations with Israel, unlike some Arab countries in the region, which have signed normalization agreements with the occupying regime in recent years.

In May last year, Kuwait’s National Assembly unanimously approved bills prohibiting any agreement or normalization of ties with the Tel Aviv regime.

On August 18, 2020, 37 Kuwaiti lawmakers called on their government to reject a normalization deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Anti-Israeli feelings run high in Kuwait. A 2019 poll by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, an American think tank, showed that 85% of Kuwaitis oppose normalizing relations with Israel.

In September 2020, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed normalization agreements with Israel. Later, Morocco and Sudan also signed similar agreements with the Israeli regime.

The so-called Abraham Accords were pushed by the United States under former President Donald Trump.

The Palestinians have denounced the normalization agreements, describing them as a “stab in the back” and a “betrayal” of their cause.

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