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Smuggled sperm needs 6 eye witnesses

Nan Jacques Zilberdik and Itamar Marcus  |

Terrorist prisoners father children outside of prison via smuggled sperm

Palestinian terrorist prisoners smuggle their sperm out of prison to father children, and a clinic in Ramallah helps the prisoners’ wives become pregnant with the sperm. Palestinian Media Watch has reported on this system, which according to the PA by August 2018 had produced at least 61 babies.

A prisoner's wife who gave birth to a son via smuggled sperm shed more light on the issue and the procedures. Lydia Al-Rimawi is married to prisoner Abd Al-Karim Al-Rimawi, a member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (Fatah’s military wing), and together they have their son Majed who was born from sperm that the father smuggled out of prison. In an interview published by the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, Lydia Al-Rimawi explained that “six witnesses” are needed to verify that the sperm actually “came from prison”: 

Lydia Al-Rimawi: "We took out the sperm that came out [of prison] in the morning and arrived [at the medical center] at around 10:00 p.m. There need to be six witnesses with you to witness that this sample came from the prison. My relatives came and waited at the gate of the [medical] center. We brought the sample and, thank Allah, from the first examination the sample was very good."

[Facebook page of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, Sept. 18, 2019]

Lydia Al-Rimawi didn’t elaborate on how the witnesses are supposed to verify it.

The son Majed Abd Al-Karim Al-Rimawi appeared on the program for prisoners Giants of Endurance on official PA TV earlier this year, and the PA TV host stated that Majed is the result of the struggle of the “heroic prisoners”: 

Official PA TV host: “The heroic prisoners fought, and in the framework of this struggle this child came to be - Majed Abd Al-Karim Al-Rimawi. Majed is the result of sperm smuggling. Today Majed - knock on wood - is already a youth, my brother Abd Al-Karim [Al-Rimawi] (i.e., the child’s father, a prisoner and member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades - Fatah’s military wing). This is the struggle being fought by our prisoners from inside the basements of the occupation. This is the struggle that our prisoners are always emphasizing - the prisons will never subdue us, and the prison guards will never subdue us. (The host turns to the boy sitting on his lap:) This is the victory, and this is the struggle.”
[Official PA TV, Giants of Endurance, March 9, 2019