Palestinian Poet Dareen Tatour Convicted of Incitement, Supporting Terror for Poem and Facebook Posts

Palestinian poet and   Dareen Tatour was surrounded by supporters on Thursday, May 3 as the Nazareth Magistrate’s Court found her   guilty of incitement to violence and supporting a terror organization. It was   in November 2015 that she was charged with “incitement” and supporting terrorism. Although Tatour’s case has garnered international support, particularly from writers’ groups, according to Nadim Nashef of Al-Shabaka, such arrests have been accelerating: “The Palestinian Prisoners Club, a non-governmental organization dealing with prisoners’ rights, estimates that more than 150 arrests took place between October [2015] and February 2016 based on Facebook posts expressing opinions on the uprising.”
More work by Tatour in translation:
‘Rebellion of Silence’: New Work by Poet-on-trial Dareen   Tatour
‘A Poet’s Hallucinations,’ by Dareen   Tatour
A New Translation of Palestinian Poet Dareen Tatour’s ‘I… Who Am   I?’
‘A Poet Behind Bars’: A New Poem from Dareen   Tatour
New Poems by Dareen Tatour, Under House Arrest in   Israel

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The thirty-six-year-old poet, who is an Israeli citizen, has been in and out of detention since October 2015, when she was arrested in her home near Nazareth. pic.twitter.com/obYFYPR4a3
— Yoav Haifawi (@FreeHaifa) May 3, 2018

The writer and activist who writes under the name Yoav Haifawi was at the court, and said that in Tatour’s statement following her conviction, she said she’d had no expectation of justice:

#DareenTatour after her conviction: I never expected justice from Israeli courts pic.twitter.com/BDsu7JvWyc
— Yoav Haifawi (@FreeHaifa) May 3, 2018

You can read more about Tatour’s case at   freedareentatour.org. #DareenTatour convicted on all counts!