Ref: 19/1012


The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
condemns crimes of harassment and intimidation committed by Israeli Occupation
Forces (IOF) during nightly house raids in the West Bank, during which
allegedly wanted Palestinians are arrested or summoned for interrogation by the
Israeli General Security Service (Shabak).  The house raids in the period between 9 and
15 February 2012, numbering 72 in total, resulted in the miscarriage of the
wife of a former prisoner in Israeli jails in Salem village, east of


According to PCHR investigations and the
woman’s testimony, at approximately 02:00 on Saturday, 11 February 2012, IOF
moved into Salem village, east of Nablus. 
They raided a house belonging to the family of Nassim Helmi Karkari, 40,
a former prisoner in Israeli jails who was released in the latest prisoner swap
between Israel and Palestinian resistance groups.  Karkari’s mother opened the door, and Israeli
soldiers entered the house.  They ordered
her to bring her son.  She went to her
son’s flat to inform him.  Quickly,
Karkadi and his wife, Sameera Fu’ad Eshtayeh, 37, who was pregnant in the
second month, came down from their flat on the second floor.  The soldiers requested Karkari’s ID card, and
ordered his wife to bring it.  She
mounted up very fast on the stairs. 
While she was descending on the stairs, she tripped and fell down.  She then gave the ID card to Israeli
soldiers, who verified it and delivered Karkari a notice to refer to the Shabak
in Huwara military camp on 13 February 2012. 
A few hours after IOF had left the house, the wife suffered from severe
pains in the abdomen and the back.  She
immediately went to her gynecologist, Hanan Aadel, in Nablus.  The gynecologist asked Eshtayeh for an
ultrasound scan, and when she checked the scan, she told her that the fetus had
no pulses.  Eshtayeh was transferred to
Rafidya Hospital, where she underwent an abortion.


PCHR emphasizes that IOF practice systematic
intimidation and harassment against Palestinian civilians during nightly house
raids, and:


1. Strongly condemns the
intimidation of Nassim Karkari’s family, which caused his wife’s miscarriage;

2. Stresses that intimation and
harassment of civilians constitute a form of torture and cruel and inhuman
treatment; and

3. Reiterates its call for the
international community to immediately act to stop Israel’s systematic and
serious human rights violations against Palestinian civilians.