Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sperm smugglers score a victory in Gaza...

When the Israeli army arrested Palestinian Tamer al-Zaanin a month and a half after his marriage in 2006, his wife, Hana, was still studying Sharia at the Islamic University in Gaza City.

Her husband had been sentenced to 12 years in prison on charges of being an operative with Islamic Jihad. Having plenty of time with no children, Hana enrolled again in the same university after graduating; this time she is majoring in math.

But she won't have nearly as much free time in the coming years. Last week, she gave birth to a baby boy, Hassan, through in-vitro fertilisation, marking the first case in Gaza in which a prisoner managed to impregnate his wife with sperm smuggled out of prison, following six successful births in recent years in the West Bank.

"I can't describe how happy I am," said the 26-year-old mother from behind a black veil. "It's an indescribable feeling that seven years on since my husband was arrested, I gave birth from a smuggled sperm," she added as women and relatives sat around her bed in the family hometown of Beit Hanoun.

"Sperm smuggling from inside the jails constitutes a challenge to the Israeli jailer," said Fouad al-Khafsh of the Ahrar Centre of Prisoners' Studies. Khafsh told Al Jazeera that dozens of prisoners, especially those serving long or life sentences, try to have children using in-vitro fertilisation. Full story...

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