Dareen Tatour has already spent more than two years and eight months between prison and house arrest for “incitement to violence” and “support of a terrorist organization” for her poem, “Resist, My People, Resist Them,” and Facebook statuses. She was convicted on all counts in May. This morning, she was sentenced to five months in prison:
According to +972, “Tatour will spend less than two months in prison with credit for time served[.]”
Tatour’s supporters are asking those who stand against this sentence “to create a sound work in any style which you see fit, using Dareen’s poem as your lyrical base.”
They write at poemontrial.org:
With your agreement we intend to curate a digital-only album of submissions, to be made available for sale on several platforms.
All sale proceeds will be utilised to assist Dareen’s legal challenge to her conviction.
Please submit your piece by 28/9/2018 via Wetransfer to:
For more information you are invited to visit the
The project is being run by Meira Asher, Dganit Elyakim, Liam Evans, Antye Greie, and longtime Tatour supporter Yoav Haifawi. If you want to participate, find the poem here, translated by poet Tariq al Haydar.
M Lynx Qualey, July 31, 2018
* M Lynx Qualey is the editor-in-chief of the ArabLit cooperative.
Post originally published in https://arablit.org/2018/07/31/dareen-tatours-sentencing-set-for-today-create-art-to-help-fight-her-conviction/
‘Resist, My People, Resist Them’
More work by Dareen Tatour in translation:
Dareen Tatour reading Posted by, Yoav Haifawi, via Youtube,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmVq89cPFY4 / “fair-use”