Angela Davis and Noura Erekat on Mass Incarceration in the U.S. and Palestine
On April 19th Angela Davis and Noura Erekat spoke at "Yet Again As Captives: Mass Incarceration in the U.S. and Palestine," a day-long conference addressing systems of mass incarceration in the U.S. and Palestine.
As the illegal occupation of Palestine persists, similarities between current Israeli policy and that of apartheid regimes of the past have become more apparent than ever. Within Israel’s matrix of control, the domination of Palestinians is largely reinforced through Israel’s policy of mass arrest and incarceration. Since 1967, more than 726,000 Palestinians have been detained by Israeli forces.
In the United States, past policies of segregation and domination have continued through the mass incarceration of people of color. While people of color make up only 30% of the United States’ total population, they constitute over 60% of people imprisoned in the U.S. today.
Both Israel and the United States, countries which came to existence through brutal colonial projects, rely on a system of racialized social control whose primary means of enforcement is the mass incarceration of subjugated populations. Yet Again As Captives: Mass Incarceration in the U.S. & Palestine explored the core issues surrounding this system of control and to empower those in attendance to act against it.