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Israel is increasingly repressing Palestinian human rights activists, journalists, poets and academics. Their outstanding crime? Being Palestinian. Together, we are demanding respect for the basic rights of all Palestinians struggling for democracy and freedom.

Dareen Tatour has been charged with incitement to violence based on a poem posted to Youtube. She is one of over 150 Palestinians arrested in the last year for their expressions of resistance to the Israeli Occupation over social media.

She had her first court hearing last month, charged by Israel for Facebook postings and a poem posted to YouTube called “Qawem ya sha’abi, qawemhum” (Resist my people, resist them).

We believe in the rights of artists and writers to openly express their artistic vision and share work freely. The Israeli government’s actions reveal a desire to silence Tatour, part of a larger pattern of Israeli repression against all Palestinians.

Expressing resistance to oppression and Occupation through poetry is by nature non-violent and should not be criminalized by any government.

Join over 150 renowned writers, poets, translators, editors, artists, public intellectuals and cultural workers calling for poet and activist Dareen Tatour to be released immediately from house arrest and for all charges to be dropped.

These signers, from Alice Walker and Naomi Klein to Robin D. G. Kelley and Eve Ensler, represent some of the most respected individuals in the arts and literary worlds. They include four Pulitzer Prize winners, six recipients of Guggenheim Fellowships, an NAACP Image Award winner, many Lambda Literary Award winners, and scores of recipients of the highest U.S. writing, translation, and arts honors.

We believe that poetry is not a crime. Add your name here.

On May 9th, 2016 the Israeli government confirmed that it has refused to renew travel documents for Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement — a nonviolent, Palestinian-led movement for equality, freedom, and justice.

This is a blatant act of political repression that effectively imposes a travel ban on Barghouti. And it is also the latest in an alarming trend of escalating repression and violence by Israel targeting Palestinian human rights activists.

The U.S. must not be silent. Secretary John Kerry must intervene with the Israeli government and ensure that Barghouti’s residency permit is renewed, travel ban lifted, and that the basic rights of all Palestinians struggling for democracy and freedom be respected.

The U.S. must intervene to stop attacks on human rights activists!

Dr. Barghouthi, Professor of Theoretical Space Plasma Physics at Al-Quds University, has been charged with “incitement to violence and terror” for his posts on Facebook criticizing the Israeli state. These charges came after the military court ruled that Dr. Barghouthi did not constitute a danger and ordered him released.

Dr. Barghouthi is one of over 150 Palestinians who have been incarcerated or detained in 2016 due to their Facebook posts, part of a larger pattern where Palestinians are targeted for public political expression. Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network notes that “the Israeli occupation is now developing a pattern of diverting Palestinian prisoners held without charge or trial under administrative detention – particularly those whose cases garner international attention, like parliamentarian Khalida Jarrar, professor Barghouthi and hunger striker Janazrah – to bogus charges of ‘incitement’ in Israeli military courts.”

These courts convict 99% of the Palestinians that come before them. We call on the court to uphold the human rights of Dr. Barghouthi and all Palestinians.

As people of conscience, we denounce the recent charges against notable Palestinian astrophysicist Dr. Imad Barghouthi, and call for his immediate release.

The Israeli military court needs to know that posting on Facebook is not a crime.

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Just weeks ago Dareen Tatour, a young Palestinian, walked through the gates of the prison where she’ll spend the next five months – for writing a poem. This absurd criminalization of her poetry could not be a clearer demonstration of the repression Palestinian cultural voices face.

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