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Censorship
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Israel is a Middle Eastern country that practices Judaism. It is the only sovereign nation in the world with a Jewish majority. Politically, its sovereignty is disputed by predominantly Arab and Muslim nations.

Although considered to be unusually free by the region's standards, censorship cannot be ruled out.

Movies censorship[]

Goldfinger was banned for a while because Gert Frobe, the actor who played the eponymous character, had been a member of the Nazi party from 1927 to 1937. However, the ban was lifted after it turned out that he used his position to help two Jews hide from the Gestapo during the war.

Oliver Twist (1948) : this film was banned in the country as it was felt that Fagin (portrayed by the late Alec Guinness) was an anti-Semitic stereotype

Any movie from Malaysia or Malay-language movie is not allowed to be shown in Israeli cinemas as Israel is not recognized by the Malaysian government, favoring instead for Palestine's legal recognition, due to the Gaza Strip Crisis.

TV censorship[]

Chorlton and the Wheelies - This series was banned because of Claptrap Von Spilldebeans, the talking spellbook of Fenella the Kettle Witch. He should have been drawn with a five-pointed Pentagram on his cover, but instead he was given the six-pointed Star of David. This wouldn't be much of a problem, but the spellbook also happened to speak with a German accent. The studio was accused of anti-Semitism from the Israeli Embassy in London, who stopped the series being sold to Israel.

The Flight of Dragons - while it used to be broadcasted every summer on the Educational Channel, one lady called to complain that one character, the wizard Carolianos, was an anti-Semitic stereotype (because of the large nose and the six-pointed stars on his robe). The broadcast was cut short and the film was never shown again on Israeli television.

Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn - in this anime movie, The Dictator was removed from the Hebrew dub due to the villains having Nazi references and to avoid insulting Israelis and Holocaust survivors after World War II. The swastikas are also replaced with red X's and any "third reich" reference was removed.

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General censorship[]

Following the 2017 Qatar diplomatic crisis Israel took steps to ban Qatar-based Al Jazeera by closing its Jerusalem office, revoking press cards, and asking cable and satellite broadcasters not to broadcast Al Jazeera.

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