Israel denies jail visits to father in sperm smuggling birth
Published Saturday 21/09/2013 (updated) 22/09/2013 16:53
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel has denied family visits to the father of a baby conceived using sperm smuggled out of an Israeli jail, the Ahrar Center for Prisoners Studies said Saturday.
In July, Abdul Kareem al-Rimawi's wife Lida gave birth to a healthy baby boy weighing 2.8 kg at the Razan Medical Center in Nablus.
Majd was conceived at the Razan clinic by IVF using sperm smuggled from her jailed husband, in the second such birth of its kind.
Israel's prison administration claims that al-Rimawi had no children registered before his arrest and therefore his status as a father will not be recognized.
Director of Ahrar, Rafat Hamdonah, called the measure an "unprecedented form of punishment", saying that international law guarantees visitation rights for families.
The family will go to court to protest the move.
Al-Rimawi has spent 12 years in jail, and will be imprisoned until 2026.
There are currently 18 women who have become pregnant by smuggling their husband's sperm from Israeli jails.