Dareen's story

The Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour from Reineh near Nazareth was arrested in a pre-dawn police raid on her home on October 11, 2015. On November 2, 2015, she was indicted by the Israeli authorities in the Nazareth court of “incitement to violence” over a poem and two statuses on Facebook. She spent three months in different Israeli prisons before being transferred to house arrest. Two years later she is still under detention, pending the end of her trial. As part of her “bail” conditions she is prevented from any access to the internet and from publishing any of her works.

At the center of the indictment is a poem she wrote, translated incorrectly by a police officer. The poem, “Resist my people, Resist them”, speaks about the crimes of the occupation and about Palestinian martyrs. The Israeli police and prosecution deny the right of Palestinians even to speak about their suffering and victims and say that while Tatour speaks about martyrs it could only mean encouraging terrorism.

The targeting of this young woman, and the incredible assault the State of Israel is launching on her personal freedom, has become a symbol for the Israeli authorities’ campaign against freedom of speech and artistic expression, alarming many in Israel and all over the world. Repeated unequivocal calls by the writers’ association PEN international for her release were ignored. An international petition by Jewish Voice for Peace  and Adalah-NY drew support from many writers and intellectuals but was also ignored. After the first 12 months of her arrest Advocate Gabi Lasky, a leading human rights campaigner, took over her defense. For detailed information about the case and links to many related articles you can consult the “trial” page in this site. Also, see Free Dareen Tatour on Facebook

The verdict in the trial is approaching, but the legal struggle is likely to continue through appeals to the district court. The legal costs are way beyond her family’s means, so one of the reasons for establishing this site is to help in fundraising. Dareen Tatour’s voice, and ours, must be heard.

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Short video in German about Dareen Tatour’s case

Dareen Tatour Legal Aid