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Pop Star Eyal Golan, Saved by Identity Politics

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What’s the difference between the Eyal Golan affair and the Jeffrey Epstein affair? According to Revital Hovel’s chilling, thorough investigation, the statements given to the police show that in the Golan affair, as in that of Epstein, a well-oiled machine procured vulnerable teenage girls, some of them minors, and trafficked them for the sexual enjoyment of wealthy, well-connected men.

The men in the Golan affair, members of the pop superstar’s inner circle, tracked down the girls during his concerts, identifying their vulnerability and promising them crumbs from the singer’s “glamorous lifestyle.” These men persuaded the girls to repeatedly provide sexual services — sometimes in public, in parked cars or in hotel rooms in Eilat, and sometimes under the influence of drugs they were plied with – all in the hopes of getting close to their idol. Occasionally the men went even further, extorting sex acts with the use of threats.

Sometimes they threw the girls a few hundred shekels. Obviously, there was no “intimacy,” no reciprocity or sexual pleasure for the girls; they were supposed to “pamper” the men in exchange for the privilege of proximity to the star. Eyal Golan was a regular participant in these ugly incidents. He knew his young fans wanted to “pamper” him, but they “pampered” his hangers-on against their will. Thus he could be suspected of conspiring to corrupt the morals........

© Haaretz