BEIRUT: Kuwaiti officials said Sunday that a new film rendition of Agatha Christie’s whodunit Death on the Nile, starring Hollywood stars including Israeli actress Gal Gadot, will be banned.
Kenneth Branagh directed and co-starred in the picture, which will be released in the United States later this month. The narrative is one of British novelist Agatha Christie’s most renowned novels, called the Queen of Crime.
But cinemagoers in Kuwait will not be able to watch it, information ministry spokeswoman Anouar Mourad told AFP, confirming press reports. According to Kuwait’s Al-Qabas newspaper, the decision was taken following demands on social media for the film to be banned.
Social media users pointed to Gadot’s praise of the Israeli army and her criticism of the Palestinian Islamic movement Hamas during the 2014 war in Gaza. The war left 2,251 dead on the Palestinian side, the majority civilians, and 74 on the Israeli side, most of them soldiers.
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Gadot is best known for the lead role in the 2017 Hollywood blockbuster Wonder Woman which was banned in some Arab countries. She has frequently come under criticism on social media because she did her mandatory service in the Israeli army.
Kuwait is staunchly opposed to normalising ties with Israel — unlike its Gulf neighbours the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, which have signed peace deals with the Jewish state — and has long been a supporter of the Palestinian cause.