A Palestinian Poet Has Been Imprisoned For A Poem She Posted On YouTube

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Dareen Tatour’s poem “Resist, My People, Resist Them” led to her being sentenced to house arrest for almost three years.

Posted on July 31, 2018, at 11:48 a.m. ET

In November 2016 prosecutors charged her with incitement of violence after examining those three lines and the YouTube clip.

But last year, in an interview with Reuters, Tatour said Israeli forces misunderstood the meaning behind her poem. “The point of the poem was to say ‘enough.’ A person feels for their people. I am of the Palestinian people. I live this struggle and I spoke it through the poem,” she said.

She was also charged with support for a terrorist organization, as prosecutors alleged that a second post expressed support for Palestinian jihad, as well as a new Palestinian ‘Intifada’ (meaning a movement to end what Palestinians see as illegal Israeli occupation of their hereditary lands). A third post showed a young woman caught by security forces with a knife with this caption: “I am the next martyr.”

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