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Jerusalem prisoner's wife delivers baby from smuggled sperm
Published Wednesday 18/12/2013 (updated) 18/12/2013 21:46
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- For the first time in Jerusalem, the wife of a Palestinian prisoner gave birth to a baby girl after successful artificial insemination using sperm smuggled from her jailed husband, the woman's family told Ma'an Wednesday.

"My son and his wife were enthusiastic about this idea, and they managed to smuggle sperm which was used for artificial insemination at Razan Hospital in Ramallah," the prisoner's mother said.

Her son, 34-year-old Fahmi Eid Mashahira from East Jerusalem, was jailed on October 2002 and sentenced to 20 life sentences on charges of affiliation with Hamas' military wing.

The Israeli prison service has moved him from one jail to another, and he is currently being held in Rimon prison located in the Negev in southern Israel, his family said.

The newborn baby girl is his third child, the other two of whom were conceived before his prison sentence.

But Mashahira's family could face difficulties obtaining a birth certificate for the baby girl, a Palestinian committee member told Ma'an.

Amjad Abu Asab, head of a committee that represents families of jailed Palestinians from Jerusalem, warned that the Israeli Ministry of the Interior might not register the girl as an Israeli citizen.

Abu Asab added that if the Israeli authorities refuse to recognize the girl, legal action would be taken.

In November, the wife of a Palestinian prisoner in Bethlehem delivered twins after successful artificial insemination from prison-smuggled sperm.

A Gaza prisoner's wife became pregnant earlier this year in what is thought to be the first birth of its kind in Gaza.

As of Nov. 1, there were 4,996 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, 494 of whom are serving life sentences, according to Addameer.


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1 ) Nur / Tunisia
18/12/2013 15:20
Alfa mabruk to all the happy parents, of these blessed babies. For the sisiter living in Al Quds, don't worry about the birth certificate, your child is recognised by Allah, taht is the most important thing. In shah Allah you will get a birth certificate for your baby, but if the occupation don't write it, then go to the court, you have rights, just like they do. Allah will support you. Salem to our brave heroes, who sacrifice their lives for the good of Palestine. May Allah reward them greatly.

2 ) She was tricked / Israel
18/12/2013 16:57
Jail guards used snitch to substitute sperm. It's a jew jailer's baby. Do DNA.

3 ) Mahmoud El-Yousseph / USA
18/12/2013 17:42
Alif Mabrook to the Fahmi Eid Mashahira family. Another precious Palestinian resistance fighter is born. Israel, eat your heart out!

4 ) Sherri Munnerlyn / US
18/12/2013 18:10
A new low for the Zionist State, refusing to recognize the birth of a child because of her method of conception.

5 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
18/12/2013 18:32
Nice to read some good news ;-) It's a beauty! Lets hope the zionist don't kill this child like they do to so many children. G-d bless this little miracle.

6 ) Carlos / USA
18/12/2013 20:10
Best of luck to newborn and Parents. It is too bad israeli government is so repressive and undemocratic.

7 ) Lilith / The World
19/12/2013 10:44
No again!! This is not possible. I wonder who the father is?
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