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Arab Israeli poet freed after 5-month jail sentence for incitement

An Arab Israeli woman jailed for five months for incitement to violence and support for a terrorist organization in online poems and other social media posts is released from prison today.

Dareen Tatour posted a video clip of herself reading her poem “Resist, my people, resist them,” in October 2015, accompanied by pictures of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces, according to authorities. Prosecutors said in 2015 she also quoted a statement by Islamic Jihad calling for “continuation of the intifada in every part of the West Bank,” alleging it showed her support for the terror group.

The posts on YouTube and Facebook came as a wave of Palestinian violence was erupting, including stabbing, shooting, and car-ramming terror attacks.

She is released due to time served before her conviction, Tatour and a prison spokesman say.

“Freedom is something so sweet that I can’t even describe it,” she tells AFP after her release.

— AFP

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