Palestinians Sneak Sperm Out of Israeli Prisons
Fertility doctor cooks up smuggling scheme
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2013 1:50 PM CST
A prisoner casts his vote during legislative elections in the Rimonim prison, central Israel,Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013.    (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

(Newser) – The wives of Palestinians held in Israeli prisons are getting pregnant in an odd way—by smuggling out the prisoners' sperm, NBC News reports. But the families won't say how they get the sperm past a glass separation, body search, and an airport-style scanner. "If I told you the way we smuggled it, definitely the army will prevent it from happening and there are prisoners we don’t want to deprive of this same chance," says mother-to-be Lidya Al-Rimawi, who only divulges that they used "a small nylon bag."

Salim Abu Khaizaran, an fertility doctor in Ramallah, invented the strategy because he saw the wives of prisoners paying "a very high price"—waiting for years while husbands served time, and then being too old to conceive. Worse, the freed husband is pressured to marry someone else to become a father, "which ... I feel is very sad," he said. But the Israel Prison Service isn't buying stories of sperm that leaps over glass separators: "One can question the ability to smuggle as claimed," a spokeswoman said dryly.

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Feb 25, 2013 3:10 PM CST
this must be cut out er off asap!
Feb 25, 2013 12:37 PM CST
People that are locked up do some crazy shit. I worked a control center at a maximum prison for a short stint and witnessed one inmate ejaculating onto a piece of paper; another inmate "fished" it into his cell and sucked the sperm off the paper. Yep, inmates in action.
Feb 25, 2013 11:57 AM CST
The wives of the Palestinians are dying for male companionship. This is my main reason I go to Ramallah as often as I can to help these poor women as much as I can, as often as I can. Many sleepless nights, short breaks during the day to gain my strength. Then back at it again. Allah akbar. Live is good for those that don't weaken.