Tatour was convicted for “incitement to violence” and “support of terrorist organizations” on 3 May.
“I expected prison, and unfortunately there is prison,” Tatour told Al Jazeera following the sentencing.“There is nothing surprising. This is an Israeli court and there is no justice in an Israeli court when the accused is Palestinian.”
“My trial was political right from the start,” Tatour added.
Tatour, 36, is from the Arab village of Reineh near Nazareth.
She was first arrested in October 2015 over social media posts and a poem called “Resist, My People, Resist Them.”
“Everything in prison is frightening”
Days before her sentencing, Tatour told the publication Mondoweiss that “Everything in prison is frightening and disturbing. I’m disgusted and don’t want to go back.”
Tatour said her experience has nonetheless strengthened her political commitment to liberation and to working towards “a state that includes everyone, based on the principles of justice and equality, without any concessions of our rights as Palestinian people living in the homeland in which we were born.”
“There is no one and no law that will be able to prevent me from writing about all aspects of humanity,” she added.
During her interview with Mondoweiss, Tatour revealed that she was a victim of sexual violence.
“I was sexually assaulted and raped,” she said. “The perpetrator contributed to my arrest, and the Israeli authorities completed the task, but both failed to silence my poetry.”
“At this point, I do not want to give more details. However, very soon everyone will have the chance to read the full story in my coming novel, entitled My Dangerous Poem.”
“Poetry is not a crime”
PEN International condemned the sentencing.“The organization considers that Tatour has been targeted for peacefully exercising her right to free expression through poetry and activism,” the literary freedom group stated.
“We stand with Tatour’s own words: poetry is not a crime,” Jennifer Clement, president of PEN International, said.
Tatour already spent three months in prison during her trial and has since been under house arrest and barred from using the internet.
“As Tatour has already served three months in jail, she is reportedly due to serve only the remaining two months,” PEN International added.
Israel has a history of arresting, exiling and killing poets and writers who speak out against its crimes.
More than 50 days of hunger strike
Meanwhile, an Israeli military judge froze the administrative detention of Palestinian prisoner Hassan Shokeh on Tuesday, after Shokeh’s health deteriorated sharply during his hunger strike of more than 50 days.
Shokeh, 30, was detained in September and went on hunger strike for more than 30 days shortly after, suffering signifiant harm to his health.
Shokeh suspended his initial strike when the Israeli military charged him, rather than holding him in administrative detention without charge or trial. His administrative detention had been set to expire on 3 June, but the military then placed him back in administrative detention and he has been refusing food since.
With his health in dire condition, the Israelis transferred Shokeh to the Kaplan Medical Center.
He reportedly suffers pain in his kidneys, eyes and head and vomits constantly. He’s lost a lot of weight, has lost mobility and is using a wheelchair.
Despite his condition, the Israeli jailers shackled Shokeh’s hands and legs to the hospital bed, according to the Palestinian Authority’s Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs.
Shokeh has spent more than a decade in Israeli prisons. Eight years were spent in administrative detention.
Another hunger striker, Muhammad al-Rimawi, has been refusing food for more than 10 days to protest his extended detention and interrogation at the Ashkelon interrogation center.
Al-Rimawi was arrested on 19 July near the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.
Israeli occupation forces detained his father Nimer al-Rimawi, 54, earlier this week to pressure Muhammad to end his strike, according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club.
Targeting journalists and lawmakers
Israeli occupation forces arrested four journalists on Monday, Ala al-Rimawi, Muhammad Sami Alwan, Qutaiba Hamdan and Husni Anjas.
This is “an attempt by the occupation authorities to suppress journalism and freedom of the media, and to restrict journalists and intimidate them not to deliver the truth,” the Palestinian Authority’s commission for detainees stated.
There are currently 29 Palestinian journalists in Israeli occupation prisons, including seven held under administrative detention – without charge or trial – according to the Palestinian Authority commission.
Including Jarrar, there are six Palestinian lawmakers in Israeli prisons, three of them in administrative detention.
Marshoud was arrested in March. She is from the Balata refugee camp in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus.
Meanwhile, Israeli military forces posted notices in Hebron, near homes of female students.
The notices warn students against participating in campus elections or activism in relation to a bloc aligned with the Hamas party which has repeatedly won closely watched student council elections at universities in the West Bank.
“We alert you that any such involvement may lead to the arrest of your daughter, damaging her academic life and future, wasting your money and causing concern and indignation in the hearts of your family,” one notice reads, according to prisoners solidarity group Samidoun.
Israel regularly harasses and detains Palestinian student activists, while hampering the educational work of their universities.
Kiswani is a member of the Islamist bloc.
The university said two students were injured by gunfire during the Israeli attack.
Palestinian students imprisoned by Israel often continue their studies while in jail, despite Israel placing obstacles in the way of their education.
Recently, three of Ahed’s fellow female prisoners passed their high school examinations behind bars.
- Dareen Tatour
- Al Jazeera
- sexual violence
- PEN International
- Jennifer Clement
- Ghassan Kanafani
- Majed Abu Sharar
- Kamal Nasser
- Mahmoud Darwish
- Hassan Shokeh
- hunger strike
- administrative detention
- Kaplan Medical Center
- Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs
- Palestinian Authority
- Muhammad al-Rimawi
- Palestinian Prisoners’ Club
- Ala al-Rimawi
- Muhammad Sami Alwan
- Qutaiba Hamdan
- Husni Anjas
- Lama Khater
- Ahed Tamimi
- An-Najah University
- Ola Marshoud
- Balata refugee camp
- Omar Kiswani
- Birzeit University