Lebanese star Elissa sparks anger over her desire to watch ‘The Post’

Lebanese singing sensation Elissa
Updated 23 January 2018
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Lebanese star Elissa sparks anger over her desire to watch ‘The Post’

DUBAI: Lebanese singing sensation Elissa has sparked anger in Lebanon after she tweeted about her desire to watch new Hollywood flick “The Post,” which has caused controversy in the country due to director Stephen Spielberg’s links to Israel.

Activists had campaigned against the film because Spielberg gave financial support to Israel during its 2006 war with Hezbollah in south Lebanon, a conflict that killed hundreds of Lebanese.

However, the issue was put to rest last week when Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk ruled against a request to ban the film.

“I see no obstacle preventing the film from being shown because it has nothing to do with Lebanon or the conflict with the Israeli enemy,” Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk told Reuters at the time. In 2017, Lebanon banned two films but permitted 317 commercial and 766 festival films to screen, George Hanna, head of the publications department in the ministry’s General Security branch, added in a statement to Reuters.
Pop star Elissa waded into the furor when she enthusiastically tweeted about the film this week, saying: “I've been waiting impatiently to go to the cinema. I've heard a lot about the great director Steven Spielberg's film The Post. I'm looking forward to watching it! The chaos that some have made because of this work made me more anxious to watch and enjoy it.”
Some Lebanese Twitter users reacted in anger and described the star as an "agent and an ally of Israel.” One Twitter user even said her “words are as ridiculous as her songs.”
The film dramatizes the 1971 battle by American newspapers to publish leaked documents, known as the Pentagon Papers, concerning the US government’s role in the Vietnam War.


Paul Pogba shares spiritual trip to Makkah on social media

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Paul Pogba shares spiritual trip to Makkah on social media

JEDDAH: France and Manchester United star Paul Pogba is back in Saudi Arabia to make a pilgrimage to Makkah during the holy month of Ramadan.
Pogba posted a video to Twitter commenting on the beauty of the holy city.
The 25-year-old Muslim told his followers that he hoped they would be able to visit “this beautiful place” as he shot video of the Holy Mosque and the Kaaba.
Pogba said: “Only the person that comes here would understand the feeling. So I hope the people that have never have been here yet will do one day.
“Beautiful place. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. And the feeling, I cannot even explain to you,” he added.
Many people reacted positively to his post on social media because, despite his fame and wealth, he remains aware of his religious duties as a Muslim.
The United star has a week off before linking up with the France squad looking to triumph at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, which kicks off June 14.
Pogba made a similar trip last year, when he journeyed to Makkah just days after United had won the Europa League by beating Ajax in the final.