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.
Dareen held a long legal
battle, in which she was represented by lawyer Gaby Lasky, to prove that her
poem and statuses constituted a legitimate protest against the crimes of the
On May 3, 2018, judge
Adi Bambiliya-Einstein in the Nazareth Magistrates' Court convicted Dareen of
all the charges. On July 31 Dareen was sentenced to 5 month in prison and six
months of suspended sentence.
On August 8, 2018,
Dareen entered the Jelemeh detention center and was sent to Damoun prison to serve
the last 2 month of the 5 months prison sentence (as she already spent 3 month
in prison immediately after her arrest in October 2015). On September 20 she
was released from prison, after 2 weeks were reduced from her imprisonment for “administrative
Dareen is determined to
appeal against her conviction, as a matter of principle and an important
precedent concerning the freedom of speech and artistic protest.
At the center of the
indictment is a poem Dareen 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, prosecution and court 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
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’
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. 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 legal struggle is
likely to continue through appeals to the district court and probably the high
court of appeal. 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.
We appreciate your support.
in German about Dareen Tatour’s case