Wednesday 05 October 2022

Israeli court sentences Palestinian poet to 5 months in jail

An Israeli court has sentenced a Palestinian poet to five months in prison for posting a poem on her social media accounts in support of resistance against the occupying regime.


Dareen Tatour, an Israeli Palestinian citizen, was sentenced by the Nazareth District court on Tuesday.

Tatour, 36, was convicted in May of online incitement to “terrorism” for a post on her social media accounts, in which she used a poem as the soundtrack to images of Palestinian protesters clashing with Israeli troops.


The Palestinian poet, who has already served nearly three years in house arrest, was arrested in October 2015 after publishing the poem titled “Resist, my people, resist them” on her Facebook and YouTube accounts.


The indictment included a translation of the poem, with the lines: “I will not succumb to the ‘peaceful solution’ / Never lower my flags / Until I evict them from my land.”


“The content, its exposure and the circumstances of its publication created a real possibility that acts of violence or terrorism will be committed,” the indictment claimed.


Following the sentencing, Tatour said she was not surprised by the court ruling.
“I expected prison and that’s what happened. I didn’t expect justice. The prosecution was political to begin with because I’m

Palestinian, because it’s about free speech and I’m imprisoned because I'm Palestinian.”


"My trial ripped off the masks,” Tatour stated in May.


“The whole world will hear my story. The whole world will hear what Israel’s democracy is. A democracy for Jews only. Only Arabs go to jail. The court said I am convicted of terrorism. If that's my terrorism, I give the world a terrorism of love.”

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