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Israeli court sentences Arab poet to 5 months prison for her poem on conflict

An Israeli court has sentenced an Arab poet to five months in prison for incitement to violence over social media posts she made during a wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence

world Updated: Aug 01, 2018 20:04 IST
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Dareen Tatour,Palestine,Arab poet
Arab-Israeli poet Dareen Tatour, 35, poses for a picture during an interview with Reuters at her house in Reineh, northern Israel September 26, 2017.(Reuters File Photo)

An Israeli court has sentenced an Arab poet to five months in prison for incitement to violence over social media posts she made during a wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence.

Dareen Tatour’s case drew international attention after Israel put her under extended house arrest for her poems. More than 150 literary figures, including authors Alice Walker and Naomi Klein, called for Tatour’s release. Critics called her arrest a violation of freedom of expression.

In delivering its sentence Tuesday, the court says Tatour’s poem was inciting and that free expression has limits. Tatour was also convicted of supporting a terror group. She says her poem was not a call to violence.

Israel says the two-year outburst of attacks that began in 2015 was fuelled by Palestinian incitement spread on social media.

First Published: Aug 01, 2018 19:08 IST