Israel: End Judicial Proceedings and Ensure Dareen Tatour’s Immediate Release

Dareen Tatour, a Palestinian poet and citizen of Israel, was convicted by the Nazareth Magistrate’s Court on 3 May 2018 on charges of incitement to violence and support for terror organisations. Tatour has spent more than two years in jail or under house arrest since October 2015. She is currently awaiting her sentencing hearing, which has been postponed until 31 July 2018. The prosecution previously asked for her to be sentenced to between 15 and 26 months in prison.

PEN has carefully reviewed the charge sheet and the evidence against Tatour, and concludes that she has been prosecuted exclusively for her poetry and peaceful activism. Tatour’s conviction is mainly related to a video, which Tatour posted on YouTube, in which she recites one of her poems entitled,‘Qawim ya sha’abi,qawimhum (Resist, my people, resist them).’

We uphold our previous calls upon the Israeli authorities to end the judicial harassment of Tatour and immediately and unconditionally release her.

For more information on Tatour’s case, see our last action here.

See also PEN International interview with Tatour here.

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Please send appeals to the Israeli authorities:

  • Calling them to end the judicial proceedings against Tatour as she is being held solely for her peaceful exercise of her right to freedom of expression;
  • Urging them to release poet Dareen Tatour from house arrest immediately and unconditionally.


Write to:
Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked
Ministry of Justice
9 Salah al-Din Street Jerusalem 91010 Israel
Fax: +972 2 628 5438

Attorney General Avichai Mendelbilt
Ministry of Justice
29 Salah al-Din Street Jerusalem 91010 Israel
Fax: +972 2 530 3367

Ministry of Justice
The Office of the Deputy Attorney General (International Law)
Alisa Gannel, Adv.
P. O. B ox 929 9 Tel Aviv 6 1 092 Israel
Fax: +97 2-3 -68 99 80 1

Please copy your appeals to the Embassy of Israel in your country. A list of embassies can be found here:

Please also send us copies of your letters or information about other activities and of any responses received.

PEN members are encouraged to:

  • Publish articles and opinion pieces in your national or local press highlighting Dareen Tatour’s case;
  • Organise public events, press conferences, poetry readings or demonstrations;
  • Join the Translation and Linguistic Rights Committee in translating Tatour’s poetry, available in the original Arabic here and other languages here.
  • If you have not already done so, consider signing this petition for Tatour:


Consider adopting Dareen Tatour as an Honorary Member of your centre. Details of how to campaign for honorary members may be found in the Writers in Prison Committee Handbook, available here.