Arab League banned Steven Spielberg
A cable from the US Embassy in Damascus that was exposed by Wikileaks reveals that Steven Spielberg's movies were banned by the Arab League
after he donated $1,000,000 to Israel during the 2006 Second Lebanon War.
The cable reportedly detailed a confidential briefing the U.S. received from Muhammad al-Ajami, the head of Syria's regional office for the boycott of Israel, in which the U.S. was informed of a meeting of the Arab League's Central Boycott Office during which officials from 14 Arab states, as well as Iran, Malaysia and Pakistan, voted to ban all films and other products related to Spielberg or his Righteous Persons Foundation.
According to the cable, cosmetics magnate Estée Lauder was also added to the blacklist while financial services company Merrill Lynch was put on a "watchlist."
The Guardian report said that the only Arab countries that did not attend the meeting were Egypt, Mauritania and Jordan. Also reportedly not present at the meeting were Djibouti and Somalia.
Given that many of Spielberg's movies are rated "G," I'd bet that put a real dent in the movie market in a lot of Arab countries.
Labels: Arab boycott of Israel, Arab League, Second Lebanon War, Steven Spielberg