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Israel jails Palestinian poet over ‘incitement’ on Facebook

August 1, 2018 at 9:29 am

Israel pass Facebook Bill which will authorise deleting content considered incitement – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

An Israeli court yesterday sentenced a female Palestinian poet to five months in prison for posting a poem on Facebook titled “Resist, my people resist”, Quds Press reported.

Speaking to the news site, 36-year-old Dareen Tatour’s father said that she was sentenced to five months in prison in addition to a suspended term of three years after she was accused of “inciting terror.”

He said that his daughter spent three months in prison when she was arrested in October 2015.

Tatour has been under house arrest since she was release three years ago and she has been banned from using the internet and posting her work on social media.

The Israeli Central Court in Jerusalem sentenced Palestinian teen Alaa Najeeb, 17, from the Old City, to 20 months in prison. He has already been held in Israeli custody for seven months.

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