Palestinian Dareen Tatour Convicted for Poem, 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. The conviction centered around three social-media posts, including the poem “Resist, My People, Resist Them“:

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. It was in November 2015 that she was charged with “incitement” and supporting terrorism.

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:

PEN International has strongly condemned the conviction:

PEN International President Jennifer Clement said, in a prepared statement: “Dareen Tatour has been convicted for doing what writers do every day – we use our words to peacefully challenge injustice. I was incredibly honoured to meet Dareen at her home last year and PEN will continue to call for justice in this case.”

You can read more about Tatour’s case at freedareentatour.org.

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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2 comments

  1. Thank you for this post M. Lynx Qualey,

    Wherever a judicial court supports and extends the power of its government to arbitrarily punish its writers and artists as they exercise their fundamental right of free speech through their creative work, it is there that they will find our project.

    IT IS IN THAT COURTROOM THAT AL-MUTANABBI STREET STARTS.

    Our project, Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, stands in solidarity with Dareen Tatour and with the right of every poet, writer, and artist to create multiple paths towards freedom and justice.

    In Solidarity,
    Beau

    Liked by 1 person

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