PLO official blasts Israel after poet sent to prison

Hanan Ashrawi accuses Israel of oppression after Arab poet Darin Tatour sentenced to prison for publishing a poem inciting to violence.

Ben Ariel,

Hanan Ashrawi
Hanan Ashrawi
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PLO Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi on Tuesday blasted Israel after Arab poet Darin Tatour was sentenced to five months in prison for publishing a poem inciting to violence.

"Through her poetry, Darin, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, was exercising her right to free speech and advocating against the cruel and belligerent military occupation. Yet, Israel accused the poet of incitement whilst the occupation is the worst form of incitement,” said Ashrawi in a statement quoted by the Palestinian Authority’s Wafa news agency.

“Israel's unjust actions are in grave breach of Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which calls for the protection of the fundamental rights of freedom of opinion and expression,” she claimed.

“Israel is rapidly becoming an autocratic and oppressive government and practicing blatant discrimination against its own citizens,” charged Ashrawi.

“It is distorting its own legal and judicial systems to promote an official policy based on ethnic nationalism, racism and xenophobia. If its violations are not curbed by the international community, it will succeed in cementing apartheid and racial supremacy throughout Israel and occupied Palestine," Ashrawi concluded.

Tatour was arrested in October 2015 after she posted a poem entitled "Resist with me. Resist them." on YouTube. As Tatour read her poem, a melody played in the background and the screen showed photographs of terrorists throwing rocks and firebombs at IDF soldiers.

Tatour also posted as her Facebook profile picture a photograph of a young female terrorist who was injured by gunfire after she threatened soldiers with a knife in 2015. The photograph was captioned, "I am the next martyr."

Several terror attacks have been inspired and aided by social media posts.

Israel is working to approve the "Facebook law," which would allow Israeli courts to order the removal of online incitement on Facebook, including advertisements, and would declare all incitement to be a criminal offense if it endangered a person, community, or the State of Israel.








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