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Israel: Palestinian poet set for sentencing hearing

29 May 2018

On 3 May 2018, Israel’s Nazareth Magistrate’s Court convicted Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour of “support for a terrorist organisation” and “incitement to violence” related to the poet’s recital of her poem Resist My People, Resist in a YouTube video, reported PEN International.

Tatour will appear in court on 31 May for a sentencing hearing.

She has been detained ever since her arrest on 11 October 2015 and has been moved to three different prisons before being put under house arrest in January 2016. In December 2017 the Nazareth court denied her appeal to end her strict house arrest, which includes her inability to use the internet or publish any of her works.

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