Israel Continues Its Attack on Palestinian Freedom of Expression
Date Written: 18/08/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21396
The arrest of a teenager for voicing an opinion on a social media site raises serious concerns over freedom of expression in Israel.
Excerpt: As Nashif noted, the most well-known victim of this relatively new Israeli policy is the Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour, who was arrested in November of 2016, because of three items she posted on Facebook and YouTube, including her poem, "Qawim ya shaabi, qawimhum" (Resist, my people, resist them). Tatour spent the first three months of her detention in prison, and she has since been transferred to house arrest as she awaits the completion of her trial.
Meanwhile, a report from The Arab Center for Social Media Advancement in February revealed that Jewish Israelis are posting hateful and racist content on social media at ever increasing rates. There were 675,000 "inflammatory" posts in 2016 against Arabs and Palestinians, a number that was more than twice as high as in the previous year.