PEN International slammed the conviction of Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour, who was prosecuted by Israeli authorities for three social media posts, including a poem.
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In a statement issued yesterday, PEN – a global association of writers with a focus on freedom of expression – said it,
“strongly condemns the decision of the Nazareth Magistrate’s Court to convict Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour of ‘support for a terrorist organization’ and ‘incitement to violence’.”
More than 150 American literary figures have called for Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour to be freed pic.twitter.com/HvChPg1NhQ
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PEN noted that,
“the conviction is mainly related to a YouTube video in which she recites one of her poems entitled, ‘Qawim ya sha’abi, qawimhum’ ‘Resist, My People, Resist Them’.”
Dareen Tatour did not pose a threat to anyone, yet the authorities decided to keep her under house arrest for 2.5 years. 2.5 years because she published a poem on Facebook. When was the last time an Israeli Jew was kept in custody for 2.5 years for something he/she wrote?
— Edo Konrad (@edokonrad) May 3, 2018
PEN International President Jennifer Clement, who met Dareen Tatour at her home in Nazareth last year, said:
“Dareen Tatour has been convicted for doing what writers do every day – we use our words to peacefully challenge injustice.”
“I was incredibly honored to meet Dareen at her home last year and PEN will continue to call for justice in this case.”
"RESIST my people, resist them!"#DareenTatour has a pen stronger than the Israeli occupation & its heavily equipped soldiers.
— Bea (@HerNameIs_Bea) May 5, 2018
According to PEN, which “has been campaigning for her immediate release and for the charges against her to be dropped,” Tatour “was targeted [by the Israeli authorities] for her poetry and peaceful activism”. A sentencing hearing will take place on May 31.
Social media activists re-posted some poetry written by Tatour, including poems for which she was convicted.
Palestinian Poet Dareen Tatour was convicted by Israel today for writing a poem. Read here the poem the mighty state of Israel couldn't handle:
In Jerusalem, I dressed my wounds and breathed my sorrows
And carried the soul in my palm
For an Arab Palestine… pic.twitter.com/88Hl7wczxf
— (((YousefMunayyer))) (@YousefMunayyer) May 3, 2018
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