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Palestinian poet sentenced to five months in prison

Dareen Tatour was convicted of incitement to violence and support for terrorism in her poetry. She has spent the last two years under house arrest.

By Oren Ziv

Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour (right) seen with MK Haneen Zoabi in Nazareth Magistrate's Court after the former is sentenced to five months, including time served, for a poem she wrote on Facebook. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour (right) seen with MK Haneen Zoabi in Nazareth Magistrate’s Court after the former is sentenced to five months, including time served, for a poem she wrote on Facebook. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

An Israeli court sentenced Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour to five months in prison Tuesday for incitement to terrorism and violence over poems she published on her personal Facebook page. She will enter prison on August 8th and will serve for less than two months with credit for time served.

“This is a court of the occupation,” Tatour said following her sentencing at Nazareth Magistrate’s Court. “This is a racist state, and the Jewish Nation-State Law only proves that apartheid exists here. This will not deter me; I am not the first prisoner and I won’t be the last, I will continue.”

“I was arrested and put on trial because of the Arabic language, and I call on the entire Arab public to continue writing and expressing itself in our language,” she said.

Tatour’s lawyer, Gaby Lasky, said following the sentencing: “The prosecution asked for a 15-26 month sentence. The court was satisfied with five months including time served, which means she only has two months left in prison. We believe that poetry is not a crime, and thus will appeal the ruling.”

Tatour, who hails from the village of Reineh near Nazareth, was convicted of incitement to terrorism and violence this past May over a poem she wrote titled “Qawem Ya Sha’abi, Qawemhum” (“Resist my people, resist them”), as well as two other posts on social media.

She was arrested in October 2015, after which she spent three months in jail before being placed under house arrest. Tatour’s house arrest, which began in January 2016, included various restrictions. At first she was held at her brother’s home who lives in Kiryat Ono, a suburb of Tel Aviv. Only after a legal struggle was she permitted to return to her parents’ home in Reineh, near Nazareth. Her family was forced to disconnect the internet at home, and Dareen was forbidden from using the computer. For months she was forced to walk around with an ankle monitor.

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    1. john

      israeli free speech
      is just for jews, unless it’s
      about bds.

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      • Daniel

        Praising and supporting terrorists and inciting violence during the ‘knife Intifadah’ and calling for Islamic Jihad to wage ‘Intifadah’ in Israel is not free speech.
        She also posted “I’m next Shahid” on a photo of a dead terrorist who tried to stab people in Afula if you had any confusion about what she meant.

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        • john

          though our opinions
          don’t matter, they constitute
          the free-speech concept.

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          • Daniel

            incitement for violence and terrorism and breaking the law is not an opinion.

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          • john

            even the tsar did
            not arrest tchernichovsky
            for his incitement.

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          • Daniel

            Your comparison only shows the level of your misunderstanding. Were Jews busy stabbing Russians on the streets at that time ? Tamimi also lied in court but compared to the rest that’s a minor offense.

            What do you think would happen if Tchernichovsky was praising a terrorist organization with a mission to destroy Russia and calling for the terrorist organization to continue murdering the Tzar’s people ?

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          • john

            jews support yigal
            amir, but aren’t allowed to
            support bds

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          • Ben

            Oh please. She wrote a poem. A good poem. Yes, of resistance. A poem. A poem twisted and mistranslated.

            These kinds of comments such as yours take place in an imagined fairy tale. In reality, Jewish resistance was stabbing and bombing British on the streets when the British occupied Palestine. They would be stabbing Russians if the Russians were in Israel and relentlessly thieving land.

            I think the Shin Bet zeroed in on Dareen Tatour just because she is subtle and thoughtful and sophisticated and popular and effective in promoting resistance. Non-violent resistance. They pounced on her just the way they pounced on the wall mural of Ahed Tamimi but left the right wing Jewish graffiti alone. There is sprayed on a wall in Hebron, “Gas the Arabs!”
            https://972mag.com/a-rotten-system-not-just-a-rotten-apple/136984/

            One can tell from the condition it is in that it has been there a long time.
            Did they Israeli state profess horror and rush out and erase that? Did it erase that poetry? Did it arrest the poets of “Gas the Arabs!”? Of course it did not.

            They saw Dareen Tatour as the same dangerous, subtle, radical female as Ahed Tamimi. Tamimi is the secular hip teenage version. Dareen Tatour is the older religious conservative version. But they are twins in their own way. And this is why the Israeli state occupation machinery pounced on her. In a way they never ever pounce on far more coarse, aggressive Jewish actual incitement purveyors. They sensed a competent leader in the making. They sensed competence. And they sensed non-violent competence. And we can’t have that can we?

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          • Daniel

            She supported a terrorist organization calling for them to extend their Jihad all over Isreal.
            She lied in court about evidence, the posts she claimed weren’t hers.
            If you were wondering what she meant by following the caravan of martyrs she posted a picture of a dead terrorist saying “I’m the next martyr”.

            Her poems encouraged and promoted violence during a time of Jews were attacked on a daily basis (“knife Intifadah”), attacks fueled by palestinian incitement spread on social media. Incitement like her posts.

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          • john

            irony is, no
            one would know her work were it
            not for her arrest.

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          • Ben

            @Daniel: You have a yen for literary interpretation and sniffing out words that promote violence but I notice you’re highly selective. I notice that the same people who are so sure Dareen Tatour is a “terrorist” are a lot less willing to talk about this terror:

            Israel Is the Terrorist
            Young Palestinians are not carrying out acts of terror- they are leading a desperate struggle against an army that is a thousand times stronger than they
            Ilana Hammerman
            https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-israel-is-the-terrorist-1.5976966

            The IDF and the settlers commit terror every day but that’s not an emergency for you. And no one is ever brought to trial.

            Would you like to interpret for us the meaning and intent of “Gas the Arabs!”? Perhaps you could do exegesis on referencing Holocaust industrial death themes in settler expression in the West Bank?

            So I read your reply as a bad faith ritual incantation of “terror” but as if settlers were just minding their own business picking flowers out there in the West Bank and doing tikun olam. It’s fake.

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          • Daniel

            Why are you changing the subject ?

            She supported a terrorist organization calling for them to extend their Jihad all over Isreal.
            She lied in court about evidence, the posts she claimed weren’t hers.
            If you were wondering what she meant by following the caravan of martyrs she posted a picture of a dead terrorist saying “I’m the next martyr”.

            Her poems encouraged and promoted violence during a time of Jews were attacked on a daily basis (“knife Intifadah”), attacks fueled by palestinian incitement spread on social media. Incitement like her posts.

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          • john

            your lazy copy-
            and-paste reasoning is not
            very convincing.

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          • Daniel

            why, what I posted originally changed in any way ? did she un-incitemented what she said ? did she went back in time and didn’t break the law ?

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          • john

            because you can break
            the law with a poem, your
            speech is not too free.

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          • Daniel

            Incitement is illegal by law. That’s what she did, that’s what was proven in a court of law.

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          • john

            if ‘gas the arabs’
            isn’t free speech, i don’t know
            what it looks like.

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          • Daniel

            Were arabs being gassed daily on the streets at the time ? as a result of people calling to “gas the arabs” ?

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          • Ben

            @Daniel: Incitement, to be incitement, does not have to result in the precise action urged in the incitement. Violence against Arab persons and a climate of impunity is promoted by such incitement as “Gas the Arabs!” among thousands of other examples:
            https://972mag.com/israel-has-an-incitement-problem/125819/

            And Arab persons are routinely subjected to Israeli state violence and settler-proxy-violence all the time, day in day out, with impunity.

            You have a hypocrisy gap I can drive a truck through and are engaging in not so slick legalistic obfuscation using a fake literalness. Pettifoggery.

            Not to mention occupier’s logic: “We get to engage in incitement (that no one confuses with poetry) that furthers our vastly more powerful, conventional, comfortable, illegally occupying side, but they don’t get to engage in “incitement” (subtle, complex, nuanced poetry referencing a woman shot dead in cold blood by soldiers who could easily have disarmed her) that furthers the vastly weaker, asymmetrically resisting, oppressed, illegally occupied side.”

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          • Ben

            Correction: “shot in cold blood”, not “shot dead in cold blood”

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          • Ido

            You’re still wrong as I explained in detail in the following posts.

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          • Ben

            @Daniel: RE: “If you were wondering what she meant by following the caravan of martyrs she posted a picture of a dead terrorist saying “I’m the next martyr”.

            This is as good a lesson as any in the routine distortion and disinformation practices of the Israelis, which you are parroting. ==>

            ‘Apparently the immediate reason for Dareen’s detention was a status that she published on Facebook. On October 9 a Palestinian woman from Nazareth, Israa Abed, a mother of 3 and a post-graduate student of genetic engineering, was shot by Israel soldiers in the central bus station in ‘Afula, on her way home from her studies. The films of her cold-blooded shooting by several Israel soldiers were published everywhere. The Arab public was shocked. According to the Israeli police Dareen posted Israa’s picture and wrote “I will be the next martyr”.

            For the Israeli racist regime, media and public every Palestinian that is shot by the Israelis is immediately defined as “Mekhabel” – a special term invented in Hebrew to de-humanize Arab resistance fighters, not even describing them as regular “terrorists”. While every single Arab that looked at the film saw clearly that Israa didn’t attack anyone, and concluded that any Arab now can be shoot for no reason, the Israeli media hysterically interpreted the same incident as a proof that any Arab can be “Mekhabel”. (Luckily Israa didn’t die from her wounds and Israel later dropped any “security” accusations against her.)

            For the Israelis any Palestinian “martyr” (Shahid) is a suicide bomber. For the Palestinians not only freedom fighters but every innocent victim of the occupation is a Shahid. In this bloody period Dareen was identified as an enemy and can be regarded lucky to be arrested and not shoot at and actually becoming Shahida, like so many others.’

            https://freehaifa.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/poetic-injustice-free-palestinian-poet-dareen-tatour/

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          • Ido

            What distortion ? what disinformation ? she broke the law, lied in court and posted incitement during a time where Jews were attacked almost each day.
            “she published on Facebook” – right, supporting a terrorist organization and calling for them to bring their terrorism to all of Israel.
            “her cold-blooded shooting” – a suspected terrorist pulling a knife during a time where Jews were stabbed almost each day and she shouted “terrorists!” and refusing to drop her knife so they wounded her, didn’t kill her. So common sense is now “cold blooded”.
            They should have brought her a bouquet of flowers.
            “The Arab public was shocked” – I’m sure they were similarly shocked by their brothers and sisters trying to slaughter Jews daily, and shocked by the rabid incitement going on, especially regarding Jerusalem. Hilarious.
            “every Palestinian that is shot by the Israelis is immediately defined as “Mekhabel” ” – you can’t bring yourself to not lie can you ? not once ? your own example, the woman from Afula, was not considered a terrorist after it was discovered she was mentally ill and probably trying to commit suicide.
            “a special term invented in Hebrew to de-humanize Arab resistance fighters, not even describing them as regular “terrorists”” – utter nonsense. The word means literally ‘terrorist’. It is used to describe terrorists, Arab, Jews or otherwise, where the hell did you bring this de-huminizing nonsense ?
            A Palestinian terrorist who stabbed children is being dehumanized ? are you insane ? there is no word for ‘regular terrorist’, that is the Hebrew word for ‘terrorist’, where the hell do you bring this nonsense from ?
            “aw clearly that Israa didn’t attack anyone” – she pulled out a knife, yelled ‘terrorists’ and refused to drop the knife. What would a cop in your country do in this scenario ? and remember this was at the time where such incidents happened almost daily ending with an Arab slaughtering a Jew in the exact same way.
            “the Israeli media hysterically interpreted the same incident as a proof that any Arab can be “Mekhabel”.” – so you are not aware of Arab women stabbing Jews ? what else have you no clue about ? and yes obviously any Arab can be a terrorist, there are no “special kind”.
            “Israel later dropped any “security” accusations” – because she wasn’t a terrorist, she was mentally ill. She tried to commit suicide. She wasn’t labeled as a terrorist.
            “For the Israelis any Palestinian “martyr” (Shahid) is a suicide bomber” – nope, like she explained by posting “i’m the next shahid” on a post with a dead terrorist, it most commonly means someone who gave his/hers life while murdering Jews. That is the common interpretation.
            “For the Palestinians not only freedom fighters but every innocent victim of the occupation is a Shahid” – right, ‘freedom fighters’ who slaughter children. Very freedomly of them. Dareen made what she meant crystal clear, you are ignoring it.
            The term ‘Shahid’ (martyr) in Palestinian culture is most commonly used to describe self-sacrifice, replacing the feda’i (self-sacrificer). The posters glorifying ‘Shahids’ on walls of Palestinian cities are of dead Palestinian terrorists.
            Dareen made that absolutely clear. You of course ignore her support for a terrorist organization, calling for them to “work” inside Israel and her lying in court, but that’s a given.

            “Dareen was identified as an enemy and can be regarded lucky to be arrested and not shoot” – how can you say something as stupid as this and expect me to take you seriously ? really ? yes, we shoot every terrorism suspect we arrest, all those prisoners are re-animated corpses by Jew-magic.

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          • Ben

            @Ido: None of this voluminous tiresomeness of yours is convincing, for all the reasons we’ve gone over (many times). There is only so much time one has to devote to someone being obstinately wrong on the Internet.

            Anyone in their right mind sees that you are plainly offering extremely contentious and prejudice-laden, contempt-laden, heartlessness-laden, occupier-logic-laden interpretations as simplistic “facts,” and blustering that only a “stupid” person and a “liar” would dare to differ with these pseudo-facts of yours—in other words you are doing what you always do, Ido Geller. You are entirely in character here. It’s not a pretty sight.

            I stand by every word and resist your attempts to trivialize, dehumanize and demonize Israa Abed, and your attempts to excuse the people who shot her; and your attempts to do the same to Dareen Tatour and to hide behind a ritual incantation of “she broke the law.” You show no such concern regarding Jewish lawbreakers. You are a case, a telling embodiment of all the hypocrisies +972 well documents.

            “Dareen was identified as an enemy and can be regarded lucky to be arrested and not shot.”

            I absolutely stand by this. Many Palestinians are needlessly shot with impunity by military snipers and trigger happy soldiers and police at just the kind of protests and demonstrations Dareen Tatour attended. With malice. You whitewash and sanitize.

            (You keep asking me how you can take me seriously. It’s not my problem. Let me remind you again that I do not care if you take me seriously. I interpret this inversely. The day you stop your juvenile name calling is the day I worry I’m missing a step. Calling me “stupid” and such I interpret as your frustration that you got called out on your nonsense and can’t muster an intelligent, civilized reply. This is not my problem. I am not your therapist or your internet nanny and it is not my problem that your parents never taught you manners.)

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          • Ido

            “None of this voluminous tiresomeness of yours is convincing” – facts and reality are not convincing. This is great.
            “being obstinately wrong on the Internet” – I’m not wrong and the judge agrees with me. You’re ignoring what I posted again: what she said, what was happening at the time, her lying in court, her support for a terrorist organization, calling them to extend their “work” inside Israel. Posting “I’m the next Shahid” on a picture of a dead terrorist. You know, the usual stuff.

            “Anyone in their right mind sees” – Again: which fact is wrong ? point to what I said and prove me wrong. I explained in detail how you’re clueless about what actually happened, about your nonsense with the word ‘terrorist’ in Hebrew (which you ignored of course).
            “simplistic “facts,” – they are still facts. You were clueless about a word in Hebrew, probably read that hilarious nonsense in some pro-Palestinian propaganda site. You were wrong about Dareen and ignored the actual facts of what happened and why she was convicted in court for incitement. The usual.
            ““stupid” person and a “liar” would dare to differ with these pseudo-facts” – Again you lie about this. Amazing. Look, this is very, very simple: when I say something is stupid I provide detailed proof of why that is, when I say something is stupid I explain in detail backed by evidence why that is.
            Feel free to challenge said explanations.
            “You are entirely in character here” – of course I am, pointing in detail where you have no idea what you’re talking about. See the idiotic nonsense you posted about a Hebrew word. You obviously had no idea what you were saying.
            “I stand by every word and resist your attempts” – so again you reject reality and substitute it with your own. Hilarious. Resist as much as you like, facts are not going to change.
            “dehumanize and demonize Israa Abed” – you can’t write one post without lying, can you. I never dehumanized or demonized her, liar. I explained how she wasn’t a terrorist, refuting your idiotic nonsense.
            “and your attempts to excuse the people who shot her” – How stupid can you be to not grasp something this simple ? amazing. Again: a suspected terrorist pulling a knife during a time where Jews were stabbed almost each day and she shouted “terrorists!” and refusing to drop her knife.
            What do you think would happen ? they hand her flowers ? how can you say something this stupid and not be taken as a pathetic joke ? what would happen if she did that around cops in your country ? you never answered (of course).
            “do the same to Dareen Tatour” – no I’m not, liar. I’m explaining how you’re clueless, in detail.
            “and to hide behind a ritual incantation of “she broke the law.”” – right, why would I mention breaking the incitement law about a case dealing with incitement.
            “Jewish lawbreakers” – please post your evidence. This is unrelated of course and has nothing to do with what I said but if you like to discuss anything else by all means.
            “You are a case, a telling embodiment of all the hypocrisies +972 well documents” – I actually wrote a few posts detailing very clearly backed by lots of evidence how +972 articles are the embodiment of hypocrisy.
            “I absolutely stand by this” – and you’re wrong again of course. I posted why and refuted your nonsense. Why are you ignoring it ? stand by whatever you want, you’re still wrong.
            “Many Palestinians are needlessly shot” – many Jews are needlessly stabbed because of incitement like her posts. Especially during the “knife Intifadah” period. Look, if you want to discuss anything else go ahead, I don’t mind. You know I enjoy our little chats.
            “You whitewash and sanitize.” – nope, I explained how you’re wrong. In great detail.
            ” It’s not my problem” – of course it isn’t. It’s mine. You know how hard it is to hold my laughter ? your “terrorist” nonsense made shoot coffee out of my nose. People are looking.
            “I interpret this inversely” – I interpret your clueless nonsense as clueless nonsense.
            “your juvenile name calling” – now that is comedy gold. Said the guy who literally named me in a different article comments section. Bravo, really.
            “Calling me “stupid”” – Again: when I do I literally explain why that is. In detail. Why are you again ignoring this part ?
            “your frustration” – you’re confusing amusement with frustration.
            “that you got called out on your nonsense and can’t muster an intelligent, civilized reply” – seriously how can I take you as anything other than a pathetic joke ? I literally point to your idiotic nonsense sentence after sentence and explain it in detail and you’re going for the “not me! you!” defense. Amazing.

            ” I am not your therapist” – of course not, you’re my endless source of amusement.

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