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The Israeli Adult industry

Daphne Rosen

Two men sit at the center of a room in an apartment in Jaffa, both of them sipping on vodka while engaging in basic conversation. In the same room is a camera with its light stands placed strategically at the edge of the room. This appears as a normal encounter, except for the fact that the two men are both naked and preparing for work to begin. This is not two friends or lovers spending time on a warm afternoon, instead, the room is a set of a professional porn video for igay365, a popular Israeli porn site.
In the same room is also the director of the video, the director cum cinematographer will be referred in this article as Shay. From his conversational tone, it appears Shay is well experienced in the porn industry as he confidently instructs the two men around demanding they get serious after a short break. The director has spent over ten years in the industry making thousands of adult videos.

Shay claims he loves directing his work in an amateurish way such that everything on his set appears homey. He goes ahead and criticizes foreign sites for their focus on unreal or plastic scenes which he claims remove the natural feel of the adult videos. He further adds that he writes what he films and does not spice up his scenes with false information. Thus, in his videos, a gay scene is acted by gay actors while he also casts lesbians to perform lesbian roles. He goes ahead and adds that these tiny factors give his videos the desired authenticity.

Initially, Shay placed his focus on heterosexual porn, a stance which has changed as he only deals with gay porn now. After years dealing with heterosexual porn, Shay felt the time was right to make a switch due to persistent reports of exploitation of women. He prefers working with men as rarely do they turn out to be subjects of exploitation or human rights investigations.

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A professional perspective

The Chairlady of the Movement for Equal Representation of Women who is also a social anthropologist and professor, Esther Herzog claims that the porn industry is characterized by the serious exploitation of actresses. She goes ahead and adds that men are also exploited and objectified in the otherwise unconventional industry.

Israeli Porn

The Israeli Porn industry has been in existence since the early 2000s with names such as Moti Avraham and Sex Style dominating the industry. However, the emergence of free adult videos online has greatly reduced the profitability of the firms. Avraham is no longer active in Israel while Sex Style left the Israeli market awhile back.
Nowadays, the Israeli adult industry is focused primarily on the gay community. The producers tend to prefer amateurish settings while the actors are paid a minimum of 1,000 Shekels to around 2,000 Shekels; an equivalent of 275$ to 555$ a day while on set.
Unique industry
The igay365 website is characterized by its wide variety of videos, but unlike popular American and European websites, the site has the same actors. This makes the industry unique as viewers can establish a liking towards particular actors. The gay industry consists of about ten actors. An example of an Israeli gay star being 31-year-old Shahar Koren, a chef by profession who claims he does the videos just for fun. Despite his gay antics, Koren claims that he is barely recognized on the streets although he admits to being popular online. The messages from fans who admire his work motivate Koren who also claims that the society can at times be judgemental

Cooperative Porn

Although Israeli gay porn is made mostly by men, transgender women are also involved in the industry as they have sex with men. Mor Vital, a female producer, and director of adult videos has made over 100 videos. Most of her videos involve trans genders, and she admits the question of exploitation has been raised severally. However, Vital claims that none of her girls is a victim of exploitation as they make all the decisions on what they can and cannot do. Vital adds that the dynamic nature of the porn industry has seen changes in viewership as people prefer authentic scenes from webcams as opposed to scripted videos.

What Professionals have to say

In relation to Vital`s idealization and perspective of the Israeli adult industry. Professor Herzog claims that whether it is consensual or not, porn remains the same, an oppressive form of work that undermines the value of the actress or actor. She further adds that women trafficking, prostitution, and pornography are similar as they all involve buying sex; the only difference being technology assists porn to circulate and infinitely multiply.

On the other hand, Kol Lior Kolton, a popular LGBT activist has overseen numerous sexual projects in Tel Aviv. Kolton recently made a film involving some of her girlfriends who recorded themselves while having sex. She later asked them if they felt they were making pornography and they declined, claiming they felt comfortable in their adventures. She titled the film �feminist porn’ with an aim to change the perception the society has on pornography.

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According to Kolton, porn derived from a meaningful, non -commercial dimension should not be perceived as regular porn. She further adds that the filming of the girlfriends having sex was not porn but merely a documentation, the way someone would document a fun or interesting activity. There is no apparent shame in such activities as no one is oppressed, forced to participate or subjected to violence.

Self- made porn

The Israeli porn industry has changed over the years with porn companies making revenue from ads as opposed to video purchases. An unidentified x-nxx administrator claims that webcams and independent actors and actresses have managed to create serious followings due to the personalized nature of their porn adventures. Nurit (fake name) is a web-cam model who used to work as a waitress. She switched careers and claims to prefer working as an independent model as opposed to being mistreated in her waitress job. Nurit claims that her job empowers her and gives her the ability to choose to do what she wants whenever she wants, from the comfort of her home.

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The country of Israel

Located on the southeastern coastline of the Mediterranean Sea is the state of Israel. Israel is home to the largest number of Jewish in the world. It declared its independence from the Turkish rule in 1948 and borders Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea.

Geography

Israel is a long and narrow shaped country that lies on a 20,770 sq. Km land. It is densely populated. It has an estimated population of 8,174,527 as of July 2016. Although relatively smaller than most average countries, it encompasses varied topographical features that can only be matched to those of an entire continent ranging from the fertile green valley, forested highlands, mountainous deserts, and coastal plains. It is also home to the Dead Sea – the lowest point on earth.

Climate

Israel’s climate can best be described as subtropical with much sunshine peaking in July and August to around 30 degrees Celsius and a rainy season that spreads from November to April. Further south, the desert area between Be’er Sheva and Eilat receives very little rainfall of just 2-6 inches.

Language

The Official languages of the country of Israel are Hebrew and Arabic. English is their second language. In Israel today, Hebrew is spoken by the majority of Israelis. All immigrants to Israel are also taught to speak Hebrew through the Intensive Language programs. There are political moves to make Hebrew the official language of Israel. Israel is the only country in the world that uses a previously dead language as its native language.

Politics and democracy

Israel’s political system comprises of the legislative, executive and the judicial. Israel’s parliament is also referred to as Knesset. It consists of 120 members whose major responsibility is to oversee that the Israeli government is just in all its doings. The Knesset is the legislative branch. Israelis do not vote for a particular person, but for a political party. Hence, the members of the parliament (Knesset) are representatives of the elected parties.

Democracy: The Israeli Knesset guarantees freedom and equality for all.

Foreign relations

• Israel receives a lot of hostility from the Arab region.

• Israel’s relationship with Islamic countries, especially Iran is non-existent.

• The United States of America provides Israel with crucial diplomatic and military support.

• Canada has diplomatic and economic relations with Israel.

• Israel ignores all the UN Security Council resolutions.

Central Cities

Jerusalem – In 1950 Jerusalem was declared the capital city of Israel. This was due to its historical connections and Biblical prophecies. Today, Jerusalem is home to the Israeli government, the Israeli parliament and legislation and the offices of the President, Prime Minister, and the Cabinet. Jerusalem is the largest and most populous city in Jerusalem.

Tel Aviv – this city was founded in 1909 as the country’s first Jewish city in modern times. Today, Tel Aviv is Israel’s commercial, financial, industrial and cultural hub. Most international embassies and foreign diplomatic missions are located in Tel Aviv.

Haifa – Haifa is the coastal city of Israel. One of Israel’s major Mediterranean port is found in this town. It also serves as an industrial and commercial center of northern Israel.

Be’erSheva – this city is the largest urban center in the south of Israel. It provides education, health, administrative, economic and cultural services for the southern region.

Education, science, innovations, and Talent

In Israel, everyone above the age of five is entitled to free education through age 18. Institutions of higher education in Israel include Universities, colleges, and vocal schools. It has a high level of scientific research and development. Israelis show an above average gifting for skill and innovation. For instance, Israelis account for 22%of all individuals worldwide who have won the Nobel Prize between 1901 and 2015. These people were Jews or had Jewish ancestry traits. This is a significant achievement for Israelis considering they only make up 0.2% of the world’s population. Israel has the largest number of university degrees in the world.

Religion

Israel practices freedom of worship. It guarantees safety by law to all holy places irrespective of religion. 80% of Israelis practice Judaism, 17% practice Islam and Christians make up 2% of its population.

Economy

Israel’s economy is diverse and sophisticated. Recently it was ranked the 3rd most stable economy in the world 2016. It has enjoyed a year on year growth that demonstrates a remarkable resilience with an average growth of 3% annually. Israeli’s Ministry of Finance declared that Israel was the first in the world for;

• IT Skills

• Entrepreneurship

• Scientific Research

• Expenditure on R&D

The county has a technologically advanced market economy that is driven by science and technology. The export industry accounts for 40% of Israel’s economic activity. Its top exports include medical equipment, cut diamonds, pharmaceuticals, machines, chemical goods, and electronic equipment.

Industry

The industries in Israel are highly advanced in technology. Its industry primarily focuses on manufacturing state of the art products that are based on technological innovation. This includes food processing, agrotechnology, medical electronic, fine chemicals, computer hardware and software, telecommunications and solar energy. For instance, there have been research projects on developing transportable solar power, extracting hydrogen from water to use as eco-friendly fuel among others.

Agriculture

Israel tells the magnificent story of how it has beaten its adverse conditions to produce 93% of its food requirements. This is majorly due to the extensive programs of afforestation since 1900. So far, over 250 million sub-tropical trees have been grown in all regions of Israel. This program has seen a favorable effect on rainfall and the humidity of the Israeli soil. This saw a change in climate.

Technology plays a significant role in Israel’s agriculture in the drip and micro-irrigation systems. These systems have been sold worldwide. The drip and micro-irrigation system enables over 40% of the country’s vegetables and field crops to grow in the Negev desert. Israel also exports a wide variety of agricultural products.

Tourism

Israel prides itself for its many historical and religious sites, beach resorts and other natural features. Some of its favorite tourist destinations include; the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the Mountain fortress of Masada, the Dead Sea, the sea of Galilee, the Garden of Gethsemane, and the Mount of Olives.Israel’s Tel Aviv boasts a vibrant night life, picturesque and white sandy beaches, café culture and modern dining.