Palestinian sperm smuggler makes history in Gaza

Published January 12th, 2014 - 05:33 GMT
Faced with a ban against conjugal visits, the prisoners, accused of attacks against Israelis, and their wives were forced to come up with a solution if they wanted to have a family. [greenprophet]
Faced with a ban against conjugal visits, the prisoners, accused of attacks against Israelis, and their wives were forced to come up with a solution if they wanted to have a family. [greenprophet]

The wife of a Palestinian jailed in Israel made history on Friday by giving birth to a child in the Gaza Strip after she was impregnated by sperm she smuggled out of Israeli prison as reported by a prisoner association.

While this is not a new occurrence since births have been claimed among West Bank wives of prisoners in Israel, this particular birth was the first to be had in the besieged Gaza Strip, director of the Waed Gaza prisoner association Saber Abu Karsh told AFP.

The woman claiming her smuggling success is the wife of prisoner Tamer Zaanine, from Beit Hanun in northern Gaza.  She "gave birth to her first child Hassan today, the first instance of a birth by smuggled sperm of a prisoner."

"This is a victory for the prisoners and for their will to become fathers," Abu Karsh said.

It is reported by Zaanine's family that the 29-year-old man was sentenced to 12 years in prison by an Israeli court in 2006. His sentencing came just three months after he married.


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