Israel: poet Dareen Tatour sentenced to five months in prison

English PEN joins PEN International in strongly condemning the five-month prison sentence (with six months suspended) handed down to Dareen Tatour today, 31 July, by the Nazareth District Court. As Tatour has already served three months in jail, she is reportedly due to serve only the remaining two months, starting from 8 August 2018. PEN considers that Tatour has been targeted for peacefully exercising her right to free expression through poetry and activism and continues to call for her immediate and unconditional release.

Dareen Tatour, a Palestinian poet and citizen of Israel, was convicted by the Nazareth Court on 3 May 2018 on charges of incitement to violence and support for terror organisations. She has spent almost three years in jail or under house arrest since October 2015. Tatour’s conviction is mainly related to a video in which she recites one of her poems entitled: ‘Qawim ya sha’abi, qawimhum (Resist, my people, resist them).’

PEN International President Jennifer Clement, who met Dareen Tatour at her home in Nazareth last year, said:

Today PEN International stands with Dareen Tatour, as we have for the past torturous years of jail time, trials and house arrest, and defends freedom of expression and asks for her freedom. We stand with Tatour’s own words: poetry is not a crime.


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Dareen Tatour
Damoun Prison
POB 98
Daliyat Al-Carmel


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2 Comments on “Israel: poet Dareen Tatour sentenced to five months in prison”

  1. Dear Pen staff,
    ACAT-UK (Action by Christians Against Torture – UK) will include the cases you feature in the appeals section of our next newsletter(s). If you are interested in ACAT’s work, you are welcome to find out more at We are part of FIACAT, an international network of national ACATs.

    Very best wishes
    Derek Lewis
    Secretary ACAT-UK

    1. Thank you, Derek and all at ACAT-UK, for your support. If you could please send a copy of the newsletter to via cat(at) that would be much appreciated.

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