2018 Israel: Dareen Tatour

WORLD POETRY DAY 2018: PEN International condemns the ongoing house arrest and prosecution of Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour, who has been charged with incitement to violence and solidarity with acts of violence, following publications of her work on Facebook and YouTube, and in particular her poem entitled, ‘Qawim
ya sha’abi, qawimhum (Resist, my people, resist them)
’. PEN has carefully reviewed the charge sheet and the evidence against Tatour, and has concluded that she has been targeted for her poetry and peaceful activism. Consequently, it continues to call for her immediate release and for the charges against her to be dropped.

Oslo, 21st of March 2018

Minister of Justice
Ayelet Shaked
Ministry of Justice
29 Salah al-Din Street Jerusalem, 91010, Israel

Attorney General
Avichai Mendelbilt
Ministry of Justice
29 Salah al-Din Street Jerusalem 91010, Israel

The Office of the Deputy Attorney General (International Law)
Ministry of Justice
Alisa Gannel, Adv.
P. O. B ox 929 9 Tel – Aviv 6 1 092 – Israel

Today, on World Poetry Day, our thoughts are with the ongoing house arrest and prosecution of Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour. Tatour has been charged with incitement to violence and solidarity with acts of violence, following publications of her work on Facebook and YouTube. In a poem, Tatour denounces violations committed by the Israeli authorities against Palestinians, and incites them to resist the Israeli occupation; but she does not call for violence. Peacefully exercising the right to free expression is not a crime.

PEN International has carefully reviewed the charge sheet and the evidence against Tatour, and has concluded that she has been targeted for her poetry and peaceful activism. Consequently, it continues to call for her immediate release and for the charges against her to be dropped.

Together with our PEN colleagues worldwide we call for the immediate and unconditional release of Dareen Tatour from her house arrest.

Yours sincerely,
Mr. Øivind Hånes
Writers in Prison Committee
Norwegian PEN

Copy:
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Embassy of Israel in Oslo

2016 Israel: Muhammed al-Qiq

Military Judge Advocate General
Brigadier General Sharon Afek Hakirya,
Tel Aviv, Israel

Dear Military Judge Advocate General
Brigadier General Sharon Afek Hakirya,

I hereby calling on the Israeli authorities to release all journalists and other writers held under administrative detention if they are not to be charged with an internationally recognisable criminal offence and tried in proceedings adhering to international standards.

Israel’s increasing resort to the practice, amid a renewed period of violence in Israel and the OPT since October 2015, has been brought into sharp focus by the hunger strike of TV journalist and writer Muhammed al-Qiq, from Ramallah in the West Bank, whose health is now in grave danger. Al-Qiq has been held without charge or trial since his arrest on 21 November 2015 and has been on hunger strike since 25 November. He is refusing everything but water, in order to protest the torture and other ill-treatment to which he says he was subjected in Israeli custody, and to demand his release from detention which he believes is motivated solely by his work as a journalist.

Norwegian PEN and Writers in Prison Committee calling on you to end the practice of administrative detention against journalists and other writers.

Yours sincerely
Magnhild Bruheim
Writers in Prison Committee
Norwegian PEN

Copy: The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Embassy of Israel in Oslo, Norway

Mordechai Vanunu ny fribyforfatter i Kristiansand

PRESSEMELDING

Styret i Norsk PEN har instilt den forfulgte israelske skribenten og atomfysikeren Mordechai Vanunu som ny fribyforfatter i Kristiansand.

Styret i Norsk PEN har innstillt Vanunu til den ledige plassen som fribyforfatter i Kristiansand.  De lokale myndighetene i Kristiansand. inklusive fribyadministrasjonen, Kulturkontoret og lederen for kommunens kulturstyre, har uttalt: ”Vi er udelt positive til å motta Mordechai Vanunu fra Israel som vår kommende fribyforfatter».

Norsk PEN har arbeidet med Vanunu-saken gjennom mange år, i form av resolusjoner, petisjoner og direkte henvendelser til israelske myndigheter.  Slik sett er dette en gammel sak, som vi nå forsøker å finne en ny utvei for å løse. Med bakgrunn i de siste dagers medieoppslag uttaler Norsk PENs leder, Kjell Olaf Jensen: ”Politiske implikasjoner er ikke noe en upolitisk ytringsfrihetsorganisasjon kan overveie; politikerne gjør sin jobb og reagerer på sin måte, vi gjør vår jobb som har med undertrykkelse av ytringsfrihet å gjøre.”

Jensen har allerede vært i kontakt med Vanunu på telefon og han er svært glad for Norsk PENs initiativ.  Den gjenstår nå å få ham godkjent som fribyforfatter av UDI og å få ham til Norge og Kristiansand.