The actress who plays Wonder Woman in the much-hyped new film has served in the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) which has committed numerous atrocities against the Palestinians.
Gal Gadot, 32, is an Israeli actress and model. Gadot was born and raised in Israel and after high school carried out two years of service as an enlisted soldier in the Israeli Defence Forces, serving as a combat trainer. In 2007, the 21-year-old Gadot took a part in the photo shoot “Women of the Israeli Army.”
The IDF was founded following the establishment of Israel in 1948, which was preceded by a campaign of ethic cleansing and the theft of land. Since 1948 the IDF has been involved in numerous foreign wars as well as oppressing the Palestinians on their own land.
Gadot played Wonder Woman in the movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and signed for two future sequels which included the Justice League and the Wonder Woman film.
Meanwhile, media reports indicate that Lebanon is trying to ban the new Wonder Woman movie even though a premiere is scheduled for Wednesday in at least one cinema in Beirut and posters of the movie and digital billboards have sprouted up around the Lebanese capital. The film is also due to open in other parts of the Arab world.
Lebanon is officially at war with Israel and has a decades-old law that boycotts Israeli products and bars Lebanese citizens from traveling or having contacts with Israelis. The two countries have been through a number of wars, including a particularly devastating one in 2006 that battered Lebanon’s infrastructure and left hundreds dead.
On her Facebook page, Gadot praised Israel’s military during the 2014 Gaza-Israel war, sending prayers to soldiers “who are risking their lives protecting my country against the horrific acts conducted by Hamas.”