According to a US embassy memo leaked by WikiLeaks the Arab League banned Spielberg for a $1 million dollar donation he made to Israel during the conflict in Lebanon in 2006. Representatives from 14 Arab states met in April of 2007 and voted to ban films and other products associated with the American director and his Righteous Persons Foundation.

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MAY 27: Director Steven Spielberg speaks during the reopening of Universal Studios' back lot on May 27, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Steven Spielberg set up the Righteous Persons Foundation in 1994 using money he made from Schindler’s List and Munich. The purpose of the foundation is to help establish a strong Jewish community within the United States.

According to a report by the UK Guardian, only Arab states that had previously signed separate peace accords with Israel didn’t attend the meeting in which the Arab League banned Spielberg. Those countries abstaining from that meeting were Egypt, Jordan, and Somalia.

A spokesman for Steven Spielberg said that they couldn’t speak to the validity of the Arab League’s ban of Spielberg but said that during that time period sales of films and DVD’s were normal.

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