Imprisoned Palestinian terrorists smuggle out sperm to impregnate women

At least 18 Palestinian women were impregnated through the bars by husbands imprisoned in Israel for acts of terrorism.

Prisoners being held in Israeli prisons for various crimes, including acts of deadly terrorism, are able to send their own semen to their wives in order to produce children outside of prison walls. According to France’s Libération newspaper, some “5,000 Palestinian 'security prisoners' sentenced for acts of terrorism are forbidden to have any intimate contact with their wives,” but have produced children through artificial insemination.
 
 
Dr. Nizam Najib, who directs the private Razan Medical Centre for Infertility and In-Vitro Fertilisation in  Ramallah – a city in the West Bank area – explained to the French daily, "Since last year, five children have been born to prisoners through this system.  Eighteen women are pregnant at the moment and sixty sperm specimens have been frozen." Dr. Najib added that the semen specimens "smuggled out from several prisons are not always in good condition." He noted that a percentage of some specimens of “sperm was not frozen for up to six hours."
 
In order to protect the smuggling channels, the Palestinian women are mum about how they manage to obtain their husbands’ semen.  According to Libération newspaper, "During prison visits, visitors are separated from their nearest and dearest by a glass window. Only children under 8 years of age are allowed to have physical contact with their fathers." 
 
Once they have been born, these babies are considered "clandestine – the State of Israel refuses to recognise them," asserted Libération, but their births are registered by the Palestinian Authority.


Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. He is also a freelance translator.

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