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  • Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour set free

    Dareen Tatour, who was arrested and jailed for poems she published on social media, is released from prison. Tatour: 'It will be impossible to stop my writing.' By Oren Ziv Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour was released today after serving 42 days in prison. Her five-month sentence was reduced by 97 days, the same amount of time she spent in jail following her arrest in October 2015, before being transferred to house arrest for nearly three years. [tmwinpost] “I am very happy to be free, finally, after three years. These were three years of suffering, but I am free now,” said…

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  • Meet the poet whose words Israel considers terrorism

    After being convicted of incitement to terrorism, and just before she is handed her sentence, Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour opens up in a personal interview about her Kafkaesque trial, the struggle of Palestinian citizens, and why she is a real poet, despite what her critics may claim. By Oren Ziv On Tuesday, July 31, at 11 a.m. Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour will be sentenced before a Nazareth court. For nearly three years, Tatour has been under house arrest in her family home in the village of Reineh. She is not allowed to use the internet. [tmwinpost] Tatour was convicted of inciting…

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  • Bidding farewell to the voice of Palestine

    Rim Banna, one of Palestine's most recognizable and important singers, died on Saturday after a lengthy battle with cancer. She leaves behind a dream of freedom from the occupation, patriarchy, and oppression. Rim Banna, the singer from Nazareth who enraptured millions died on Sunday after a battle with cancer. She was 51 years old. Arabic social media filled with eulogies written by people from every segment of society. [tmwinpost] One of the most famous Palestinian singers in the world, Banna came to be known through her modern interpretations of traditional Palestinian songs — children songs and popular women’s melodies — which…

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  • A bizarre end to the trial of Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour

    By the time a verdict is handed down in her case, Dareen Tatour will have lost over two-and-a-half years of her life to prison and house arrest. By Yoav Haifawi Like a cartoon character who runs over a cliff but continues to run in the air, or Achilles who thought he could pass the tortoise easily, but each time he got close, the turtle moved a bit further away, so is the trial of Dareen Tatour, a poet who has been detained since October 2015 — defying gravity, looking like it will never end. After the last witness testified back in…

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  • Palestinian poet's show trial goes on stage for all to see

    Hundreds of Palestinians and Jews came to show support for Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour last week, who has been under house arrest for almost two years for publishing a poem on Facebook. By Yoav Haifawi Hundreds of Israelis and Palestinians crowded the hall of Jaffa’s legendary Arab-Hebrew Theater last Wednesday to show their solidarity with Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour. Tatour, who has been under house arrest for nearly two years, was arrested for publishing a poem and two statuses on Facebook. [tmwinpost] In the days leading up to the event, there was a mounting pressure to cancel the event by both…

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  • PHOTOS: Hundreds attend May Day demonstration in Nazareth

    Hundreds march through Nazareth to mark International Workers' Day, including several members of the Joint List. Photos and text: Maria Zreik / Activestills Hundreds of people gathered in Nazareth on Saturday morning to take part in a May Day march. As well as marking International Workers' Day, demonstrators also marched against the occupation and the Israeli government's repression of Palestinians. The demonstration also called for justice and peace, and for workers' rights. Several Joint List MKs were among the marchers, including party head Ayman Oden, Aida Touma-Suleiman and Yousef Jabareen. The march ended around midday, and was followed by speeches…

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  • Political poetry as a crime: Inside the surreal trial of Dareen Tatour

    Arresting someone for publishing a political poem is extraordinary. Having to prove at trial that police mistranslated your poem is nothing short of surreal. By Yoav Haifawi It has been nearly a year and a half since Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour was arrested in her home for writing a poem. She spent three months in various prisons, including half a year under house arrest in the town of Kiryat Ono near Tel Aviv. Although she was able to return to her home village of Reineh, near Nazareth, she remains under house arrest as the trial comes to an end. [tmwinpost] Tatour, 34, was arrested by Israeli…

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  • Who are the ISIS supporters in Israel's prisons?

    The 46 ISIS-associated prisoners represent only 0.3 percent of the prison population and just one-tenth of one percent of all prisoners. Some went off to fight in Syria, while others expressed support for the group on social media. By Noam Rotem As of the end of June, Israel was imprisoning 46 alleged ISIS supporters, according to data provided by the Israel Prison Service (IPS). Out of over 17,000 people being held in Israeli prisons at the end of June, 37 percent of those prisoners, 6,369 people, are classified as “security prisoners,” and the rest as criminal prisoners. The “security” classification…

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  • Jailed Palestinian poet: 'I am not a terrorist'

    After three months in prison and six months under house arrest, Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour is finally allowed to return home. By Yael Marom After three months of imprisonment and another half year of house arrest, Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour returned to her family's home in northern Israel on Thursday. An Israeli court previously issued a restraining order against Tatour, who was arrested in October 2015 for publishing a poem and a number of statuses on Facebook, preventing her from residing in Al-Reineh, where her family lives. [tmwinpost] The court also refused to ease her draconian sentence and allow her to return…

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  • Alice Walker, Dave Eggers call for release of jailed Palestinian poet

    Over 150 literary luminaries sign letter expressing solidarity with Dareen Tatour, who was imprisoned for a series of poems she published on Facebook. Over 150 renowned writers, poets, and literary figures, including Alice Walker, Dave Eggers, Natasha Trethewey, and Susan Abulhawa have signed on to an open letter calling for the release of jailed Palestinian poet, Dareen Tatour. [tmwinpost] Tatour, a 33-year-old Palestinian citizen of Israel from the village Al-Reineh near Nazareth, was arrested by Israeli authorities in October of 2015 for a series of poems she posted on her own personal Facebook page and YouTube during the height of latest wave of…

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  • Dozens protest for release of Palestinian poet under house arrest

    Dareen Tatour was arrested by Israeli police last year because of a poem she posted to Facebook. Now she lives with an ankle monitor under strict house arrest.  By Yael Marom Dozens of Palestinians and Israelis demonstrated at Jaffa's Clock Tower Square on Saturday evening to call for the release of Palestinian poet, Dareen Tatour, who has been held under house arrest for the past five months. [tmwinpost] Tatour, 33, from the Arab village Al-Reineh near Nazereth, was arrested by Israeli police on October 10, 2015 because of a poem she had posted to Facebook, along with a number of other Facebook…

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  • Seven Nights 6: Malawi

    On its next to last night, the journey leads away from the cities and, in a way, to another continent.   For other nights click here. The papers promised a meteor shower. Here was a great excuse to take a spin out of town. I haven't been off the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv axis in a while (Bethlehem is essentially a Jerusalem suburb). Nothing sounded more appealing than heading into the dark hills to chase a shooting star or two. Ruthie was feeling a tad better and encouraged me to head out, but I was unsure. Then a surprise phone call called the shots.…

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