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Spielberg boycotted by Arab League over donation to Israel, WikiLeaks cable reveals (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Haaretz Staff 12/19/10)Source: http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/spielberg-boycotted-by-arab-league-over-donation-to-israel-wikileaks-cable-reveals-1.331367 HA'ARETZ} NEWS SERVICE HA'ARETZ} NEWS SERVICE Articles-Index-TopPublishers-Index-Top
American film director Steven Spielberg was blacklisted by the Arab League´s Central Boycott office after making a $1 million donation to Israel during the Second Lebanon War in 2006, the British daily the Guardian reported on Friday.

The Guardian report was based on a U.S. diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks. The cable was sent in 2007 to Washington from the U.S. Embassy in Damascus.

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 Estee Lauder was also added to the blacklist while financial services company Merrill Lynch was put on a "watch list."

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. (© Copyright 2010 Ha´aretz 12/19/10)


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