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Israeli porn sites favorites of Muslim surfers

by adar shalev, ynetnews.com

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jerusalem | The Israeli-Palestinian conflict apparently does not disturb Arab Internet users from consuming Israeli porn.

Operators of a number of porn sites report that between 2 percent and 10 percent of their users are from Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority. Some Israeli porn websites even go so far as to offer services in Arabic.

"We get hundreds of hits from surfers in countries where porn is prohibited," said Gil Naftali, owner and operator of Hebrew sex site, SexV. "We don't have an Arabic version [as some Israeli sites have] because users log in to watch photos and video clips that require no explanations."

According to site statistics, there were more than 2,000 hits last month from Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. The average time a Saudi surfer spends on SexV is 17:23 minutes.

Nir Shahar, who manages the Israeli porn Web site, 'Ratuv' (Wet), said his company produces porn movies that have typical Israeli themes featuring female soldiers, female Mossad agents and policewomen.

Demand for such content is high even in countries defined as "enemy states." The most popular video clip among Arabs is "Code Name: Deep Investigation," which is described as "a parody dealing with the Vanunu affair, with agents investigating the affair using erotic means."

"In the past several months we see an increase in traffic from countries that have no diplomatic ties with Israel including Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Egypt," Shahar said.

Due to the demand, Shahar added an Arabic version of the site. "We received many thank you messages from Arab surfers. Many if the female soldiers really serve in the IDF," he said.

Data shows that 10 percent of the visitors to the most popular sex site in Israel, Domina, are Arabic speakers. "That is because we offer content in their language," said Tzahi, who operates the site.

Nothing seems to stop the Saudis, not even technical difficulties. "In many places, Israel is blocked," Tzahi said. "At times the entire suffix ".co.il" is blocked. Users connect through proxy servers and reach us that way."

The motive behind these initiatives is purely economic, he asserts. "Ideology?" he said. "No, it's purely business. Porn won't bring about peace — but at least we get some money out of our enemies' pockets."


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