Recorded May 17, 2024

From Palestine to the World

Angela Davis and Gabor Maté on the Global Struggle for Liberation

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“Palestine is a moral litmus test for the world.”
– Angela Davis

This conversation is part of the release of the new documentary film Where Olive Trees Weep. The full version of the conversation will be released as part of the film premiere and the 21-day program on a donation basis.

You can register for the film premiere and the 21-day program on a donation basis taking place June 6–27, 2024. The film will be accompanied by 21 days of conversations on Palestine including panels, music, poetry and more. We hope that this documentary will shed light on the realities of life under occupation and inspire meaningful conversations about the urgent need for justice and peace.

In this conversation, legendary activist and scholar Angela Davis and Dr. Gabor Maté, physician and author, explore the intersections between the Palestinian struggle for freedom and broader global movements for justice, equity, and human liberation.

Drawing parallels between the oppression faced by Palestinians and the systemic injustice confronting marginalized communities around the world, Angela and Gabor will shed light on the common roots of violence, occupation, and dehumanization. They will examine how trauma, both individual and collective, perpetuates cycles of conflict and how healing these wounds is integral to achieving genuine liberation.

Themes Explored:

  • How does dehumanization pave the way for genocide? Which parallels do you see between Palestine and other contexts?
  • Are militarization, incarceration, and the systematic torture of Palestinian prisoners symptoms of deeper societal issues?
  • Is the Palestinian struggle also a struggle against racism, and how does this intersect with other forms of oppression?
  • Does advocating for prisoners’ rights contribute to the larger struggle for Palestinian liberation?
  • How do cycles of trauma and oppression work? Why do those who have experienced profound trauma and genocide go on to perpetrate violence and oppression against others, as we see in the case of Israel and Palestine?
  • Which role does healing from trauma play in the struggle for liberation, both on an individual and a collective level?
  • How can we reframe the conversation to center the experience and agency of those most impacted by trauma and oppression in Palestine?
  • How can we nourish the current momentum and build a sustainable movement in support of Palestinian liberation?


Angela Davis

Angela Y. Davis, Distinguished Professor Emerita in the History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies Departments at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is an internationally renowned activist, scholar, and writer who has dedicated her life to combating oppression in the U.S. and abroad. With a long-standing commitment to prisoners’ rights and a powerful critique of racism in the criminal justice system, Davis is a founding member of Critical Resistance, a national organization working to dismantle the prison industrial complex. She is the author of nine books, including Are Prisons Obsolete? and Women, Race, and Class, and has lectured in all fifty states and across the globe. Despite facing persecution for her activism and membership in the Communist Party, USA, which led to her false imprisonment and a massive “Free Angela Davis” campaign, Davis remains a tireless advocate for social justice and prison abolition.

Gabor Maté

Gabor Maté, M.D. is a specialist on trauma, addiction, stress and childhood development. After 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, Dr. Maté worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness. For his groundbreaking medical work and writing he has been awarded the Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian distinction, and the Civic Merit Award from his hometown, Vancouver. Gabor is also the creator of a psychotherapeutic approach, Compassionate Inquiry, now studied by thousands of therapists, physicians, counselors, and others in over 80 countries.