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Porn

Is pornography available in Palestine? Is it legal? – Valerio, Nina, and Bianca (MALTA)

Pornography is widely spread all over the world. Globalization made it easier to access pornography through the internet, TV, and modern mobiles. In Palestine, there are no such known offices or agencies to support the spread of pornography. Palestine is different from any other country; you cannot buy pornography from a store or a shop. In both religions, Christianity and Islam, pornography is adultery.

There are limited laws followed in Palestine. A seven-year-old kid can buy a pack of cigarettes from a store and smoke it in public. Therefore, even if there is a law against pornography, people will not implement it. In conclusion, it is impossible to remove pornography from a society.
By Canaan

Pornography is illegal but easily reached. There are no pornography magazines made in Palestine, and it is particularly hard to get a Playboy magazine. If somebody was caught with a pornography magazine (which is “impossible”), he would be imprisoned for 1-2 months. It’s good that pornography is illegal, because if it was legal, little kids could easily get pornography magazines from a careless salesman.
By Saji

Pornography in Palestine is not widely available. Since the Palestinian society is conservative, it is not very popular; therefore, it's not very popular, and it will degrade the manners and morals for the people and especially for teenagers in Palestine. Pornography is unaccepted because it affects our manners, and in our country, it will change the people’s thinking and lead them into bad ways and also to crimes; so it will lead to many problems that affect our culture and our times.

Actually it's illegal in Palestine because, as I said, it will affect us in a bad way, and lead to many problems that comes from bad thinking.
By Fahmi

Internet access is widely available in Palestine, hence internet pornography is available. Magazine pornography is not at all widely spread; it might be nearly absent. Of course, as in most countries around the world it is illegal. However, pornography in general is not an issue that is publicly spoken about in Palestine; this is due to the conservative culture and the absence of serious pornography issues. You could find porn sketches on mobile phones though. After all, I think pornography is a serious problem that distracts kids and teenagers and shallows their minds.
By Tala

Pornography is not available in Palestine, but there are some channels that we receive from Europe that are made for porn. It’s illegal here. But there’s nothing that can control porn on television. It’s uncontrolled by the government, so in some ways it is available.
By Ahd

Pornography is not available in Palestine because it is against our culture and traditions. I think that this is a good thing—to have a country without something that has a bad effect on people, especially on boys in this age. We are not like other countries where it’s legal to have something that affects their society and their children in a bad way. It also affects their behavior in society.
By Rami

Though it's illegal, pornography is widely available in Palestine. Given the fact that television and the internet are widely available here, pornography is also available here. Though our religion and culture forbids these kinds of things, many Palestinian teenagers ignore this and do whatever they like to do. Do not be surprised if you see some people in Palestine sell porn DVDs on the sidewalk of the streets. I think this is normal because all teenagers from all over the world think the same.
By Yazan

Pornography is not available in stores but it is available on the internet. You cannot find porn photos in stores or markets because it is illegal and is considered disrespectful of yourself. You can get porn photos from the internet or from some smuggler in the street. In Palestine pornography is forbidden by parents and society. Selling it in stores is forbidden by the government, so teenagers try to get it from either a smuggler or the internet.
By Najeeb

Pornography is available in Palestine. If you buy a new satellite dish from any store in Palestine, you will find porn channels on it. To tell you the truth, I don’t think it’s legal or illegal because it was never discussed or talked about if it’s legal or not. We can say it’s legal if no one is doing anything about it.
By Salah

Pornography is legal in Palestine; I have never heard a law saying it is illegal. But most of it is on the internet. There are no sex shops or pornography DVDs' shops in Palestine. Maybe there are, but they are unknown to the public. I would bet that they are sold in a lot of places, but they get sold like drugs… with out people knowing about it. Because people here think its wrong to have sex shops, and pornography shops.
By Zeina


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