13 Jul 2016
Dareen Tatour is a Palestinian poet and citizen of Israel who was arrested nine months ago in the middle of the night. Her crime? Writing a poem and posting it on Youtube.
The outrageousness of Tatour's imprisonment is matched only by how tragically routine her arrest is. Tatour is one of over 400 Palestinians1 arrested by Israel since last fall for political statements on social media. Palestinian cultural workers, both citizens of Israel and residents of the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, are under attack for speaking the truth of their lives.
We cannot allow this business-as-usual repression to go on. That's why we partnered with Adalah-NY to launch a solidarity campaign for Tatour. Yesterday, we released an open letter signed by 150 luminaries of the arts and literary worlds.
*Sign now to join with renowned poets, translators, writers, artists and literary figures in demanding Israeli authorities free Dareen today!* [ https://jewishvoiceforpeace.org/dareen ]
Susan Abulhawa, Carl Dennis, Dave Eggers, Carolyn Forché, Jorie Graham, Naomi Klein, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Naomi Shihab Nye, Claudia Rankine, Edwidge Danticat, Natasha Trethewey, Ayelet Waldman, Alice Walker and Jacqueline Woodson - these award winning poets and writers have already signed on.
They're some of the most respected and renowned individuals in the arts and literary worlds: including Tony, Grammy, and Obie winners, nine Pulitzer Prize winners, National Book Award recipients and United States poet laureates, Guggenheim Fellowship recipients, an NAACP Image Award winner, Lambda Literary Award winners, and scores of recipients of the highest U.S. writing, poetry, translation, and PEN/Open Book Awards, National Book Critics Circle Awards, Kenyon Review Award, Pushcart Awards, LA Times Book Awards, and MLA Prizes.
*These renowned poets and writers know that poetry is not a crime. Join them now in demanding freedom for Dareen.* [ https://jewishvoiceforpeace.org/dareen ]
Israel's ever-increasing attacks on cultural workers make it clear: Israel would rather imprison a Palestinian poet for a poem that is critical of governmental policies than change those policies. Israel would rather silence Palestinian cultural workers than heed their calls for freedom, justice, and equality. Poetry is only dangerous when what you are protecting is injustice.
Dareen says it best when she writes to supporters:
"My message to all of you, without exception, is the message of a loving woman, striving for peace and safety, and hoping that justice and equality will be shared by all human beings everywhere. A woman whose life has been condensed to a pen, a paper and an image… I dreamed one day about the existence of people like you, people looking for dreams amid all the nightmares that live around us and between us. Yes, I thank you, and I put all the hopes of humanity in your hands - those hopes that you see, hear, and feel."
*Lifting our voices for Dareen Tatour is also lifting our voices for all Palestinians, and toward a future where--as Dareen says--justice and equality are for everyone. Join us today.* [ https://jewishvoiceforpeace.org/dareen ]
Toward that future,
Stefanie Stefanie Fox
* Facebook 'incitement' posts lead to arrests in Israel, USA Today [ https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/05/24/facebook-incitement-posts-lead-arrests-israel/84603130/ ]
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