Two Years After Arrest, Palestinian Poet Dareen Tatour Awaits A Verdict


On October 11, 2015, the Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour was arrested at her home in Reineh, a town in Israel’s Galilee. In November of the same year, in the second of Tatour’s three months in jail, Israeli prosecutors indicted her on counts of incitement to violence and support for a terrorist organization.

Her case, which began with an hours-long interrogation over whether she could reasonably be considered to be a poet, has attracted international attention. In July, 2016 over 150 writers, including Claudia Rankine, Dave Eggers and Alice Walker, signed a letter organized by Jewish Voice for Peace and Adalah-NY (The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel) advocating for Tatour’s charges to be dismissed.

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October 13, 2017

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Talya Zax

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