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ENTERTAINMENT : Israel Lifts 'Last Temptation' Ban

June 15, 1989| From Times wire services

JERUSALEM — The High Court of Justice today lifted an Israeli ban on the movie "The Last Temptation of Christ," saying only an extreme attack on a subject justifies limiting free expression.

Golan Globus, the film's distributor in Israel, welcomed the ruling of the five-judge panel and said it will screen the movie next week in Tel Aviv. The Israeli Film Censorship Board banned the movie by American director Martin Scorsese in October, saying it would offend Christians and violate Israeli law against harming religious feelings.

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