Israeli court sentences Arab poet for incitement to violence

In this Tuesday, July 31, 2018 photo, Arab poet Dareen Tatour sits in a courtroom in Nazareth, Israel. The Israeli court sentenced Tatour to five months in prison for incitement to violence in social media posts she made during a wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence. Tatour's case drew international attention after Israel put her under extended house arrest for her poems. More than 150 literary figures, including authors Alice Walker and Naomi Klein, called for Tatour's release. (AP Photo/Rami Shllush)

JERUSALEM — An Israeli court has sentenced an Arab poet to five months in prison for incitement to violence over 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 poems. More than 150 literary figures, including authors Alice Walker and Naomi Klein, called for Tatour's release. Critics called her arrest a violation of freedom of expression.

In delivering its sentence Tuesday, the court says Tatour's poem was inciting and that free expression has limits. Tatour was also convicted of supporting a terror group. She says her poem was not a call to violence.

Israel says the two-year outburst of attacks that began in 2015 was fueled by Palestinian incitement spread on social media.

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