JERUSALEM – An Israeli court has convicted an Arab poet of incitement to violence for social media posts she made during a wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence.
Dareen Tatour's case drew international attention after Israel put her under extended house arrest for her online poems. More than 150 literary figures, including authors Alice Walker and Naomi Klein, called for Tatour's release. Critics said her arrest was a violation of freedom of expression.
In delivering its verdict Thursday, the court says Tatour's poem incited violence, adding that free expression has limits. Tatour was also convicted of supporting a terror group. She has said her poem was not a call to violence.
Israel says that a two year-long outburst of attacks that began in 2015 was fueled by Palestinian incitement spread on social media.