What the Prison Web Does to Palestinians. Interview with Stéphanie Latte Abdallah

Cover History of Confinement S Latte Abdallah PalgraveStéphanie Latte Abdallah recently authored A History of Confinement in Palestine: The Prison Web (Palgrave Macmillan, September 2022) in which she takes the reader through a journey into the space between inside and outside Israeli prisons. She answers our questions about the massive imprisonment scheme, what she means by the prison web, and how she has worked on this issue for many years.

Around 40% of the Palestinian male population has been incarcerated at some time in their lives since 1967. Can you remind us of who these imprisoned people are and why they are imprisoned?
The prisoners who are the subject of this book are what Palestinian society calls political prisoners or prisoners of war and what the Israeli authorities call security detainees. They are therefore different from common law inmates. However, while this massive incarceration affects every Palestinian family and constitutes a fundamental experience, it has not been addressed in its systemic dimension—linked to the colonial occupation, its management of a population as well as its border management—nor in its political and social dimensions. Prison is omnipresent in Palestinian society (...)

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