August was a brutal month for Israeli tourism, with hotel rooms empty and tour groups canceling. But one controversial Zionist refused to stay away.

Michael Lucas, the gay pornography kingpin, has always been a staunch supporter of Israel. The Russian Jew, who was born Andrei Lvovich Trelvas and made his way to New York City to build an empire of homosexual porn under the shingle Lucas Entertainment, holds Israeli citizenship and is the filmmaker not only of “Men of Israel,” the first-ever porno film with an all-gay cast, but also of “Undressing Israel: Gay Men in the Promised Land,” a documentary touting Israel’s gay-friendly appeal and forward-thinking culture.

When war broke out with Gaza last month, Lucas saw that would-be tourists and Jewish tour groups were canceling their reservations left and right. So he got on a plane and flew here in order to prove them wrong.

“What I wanted to do is show people that it’s okay to come here, even in a difficult time,” Lucas said over breakfast at Orna and Ella, the iconic gay-run café on Tel Aviv’s Sheinkin St.

So he documented everything – his stay at a boutique hotel, a night out at a club, restaurant meals with friends and Shabbat dinners with friends’ mothers – for his 32,000 Twitter followers, his Facebook friends and his Instagram fans.

“You can go here even during a difficult time and feel perfectly safe because the IDF protects you and the Iron Dome is an amazing thing,” he says, referring to the antimissile array with a nearly 90 percent success rate. “Life goes on and it’s fun and people are partying and it’s just beautiful and great and exceptionally safe.”

In addition to his social media documentation, Lucas also plans to write an article for the gay news publication The Advocate, explaining his decision to travel to Israel at the height of a war and shooting down critics who have accused Israel of human rights abuses during the nearly month-long military campaign in the Gaza Strip.

“I’m sure people will comment on my article and say, ‘Oh, yeah, you’re having fun in Israel while babies are dying, you’re going dancing while Israel murders, whatever. They will say what they want and I will explain very clearly how Israel was well-prepared with the Iron Dome for this, and that this whole idea of proportionate response is ridiculous,” Lucas says. “Whatever they say, I don’t care. My thoughts are always with Israel.”