This has got to be the strangest AP report I ever saw regarding a court decision in Israel.
Kids are being killed, women are being raped, but the courts have time to render a decision like this… Strange country that Holy Land…..
Thanks to my friend Mirah at AdopTalk for alerting me to this …

Israeli court: Family can have dead soldier’s sperm

JERUSALEM (AP) — In a precedent-setting decision, an Israeli court has ruled that a dead soldier’s family can have his sperm impregnated into the body of a woman he never met.

Keivan Cohen, 20, was shot dead in 2002 by a Palestinian sniper in the Gaza Strip. He was single and left no will. But at the urging of his parents, a sample of his sperm was taken two hours after his death and has been stored in a hospital since.

When the family tried to gain access to the sperm, however, the hospital refused, on the ground that only a spouse could make such a request.

Arguing that their son yearned to raise a family, his parents challenged that decision in court. On January 15, after a four-year legal battle, a Tel Aviv court granted the family’s wish and ruled the sperm could be injected into a woman selected by Cohen’s family.

The ruling also ordered the Ministry of Interior to register any children born as a result of the insemination as children of the deceased.

“On the one hand I’m terribly sad that I don’t have my boy; it’s a terrible loss,” Rachel Cohen said in an interview in Monday’s Chicago Tribune. “But I’m also happy that I succeeded in carrying out my son’s will.”

Cohen did not return phone calls from The Associated Press.

Irit Rosenblum, a family rights advocate who represented the Cohen family, said the ruling was significant because it set a precedent for those seeking to continue bloodlines after death.

At the trial, Rosenblum presented testimony, including video recordings, in which Cohen expressed his desire to have children.

“He always said he wanted children,” she told The Associated Press. “But there were no regulations in the law that deals with using sperm from dead people.”

Rosenblum said soldiers increasingly have been leaving sperm samples, or explicit instructions on post-mortem extraction, before heading to battle.

She said she knew of more than 100 cases of Israeli soldiers who, before last summer’s war with Lebanese guerillas, asked to have their sperm saved if they were killed. American soldiers have also begun donating sperm before heading to Iraq, she said.

“I think it is a human revolution,” Rosenblum said. “Ten years ago, who would believe that a human being can continue after he has died. I think it is great for humanity.”

Rosenblum said the woman who is to act as surrogate mother has requested to remain anonymous.


  1. Sim-O said,

    January 30, 2007 at 10:39

    Hi DesertPeace. Your posts have been excellent lately.

    What The ..!?!
    It’s one thing if he was married or engaged, even, but…
    This isn’t typical of Israel, this is typical of westerners and the thinking that they have a ‘right’ to everything they want. If one cannot have what you want, then one basic human rights are being abused. Your only human right are to live without persecution. Everything else, one should count oneself lucky.

  2. DesertPeace said,

    January 30, 2007 at 10:43

    Thanks for the compliment sim-o…
    I think it’s strange that a dead Israeli soldier has more ‘rights’ to his wishes than a living Palestinian child…

  3. AdopTalk said,

    January 30, 2007 at 17:31

    It is typical of Westerners, especially Americans, to think that if they can afford it, then deserve it. It is also unfortunately typical of our culture to think of children as possessions, not human beings with rights and needs of their own. They have become “products” that are manufactured and sold.

    However, I see one aspect of this case that is typically Israeli or Jewish…the desire to replace oneself in order to keep the Jewish race from dying of extinction!

    I remember learning that Jews should have three children. One to replace each of the parents and a third to replace of the six million killed.

    The problems with this case are:

    1) the lack of forethought for how this child is going to feel knowing how he was “created” like a FrankenOrphan!

    2) the problems inherent in all surrogacy situations…that the mother might find herself unable to relinquish a child she had carried for nine months and a custody case will ensue.

    OY VEY is all one can say!

  4. DesertPeace said,

    January 30, 2007 at 17:45

    OY VEY says it all Mirah…
    Thanks for alerting me to this.

  5. shy guy said,

    January 31, 2007 at 03:01

    haha! i’m glad you brought this up as i saw this everywhere, it should have been under the “oddly enough” sub-category news if you ask me.

    but quite frankly, if the Israelies would stop fighting they wouldn’t have to worry about extracting sperm from their lost loved ones. it’s simple. 🙂

  6. DesertPeace said,

    January 31, 2007 at 06:21

    Hmmmm…. so,
    No war= No dead soldiers- more children…
    I like that, thanks Shy guy

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