A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest
After months of violence, the extended ceasefire deal is a hopeful sign. But, in order to end the cycle of violence, both sides must take immediate steps to uphold the terms of the ceasefire including taking immediate steps to lift the blockade. The United States can play its part by holding both sides accountable, and by supporting massive rebuilding efforts in Gaza.
For Congress to ensure that the president seeks approval before using military force in Iraq, it must take away the never-ending authorization it gave with the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force and the 2002 Iraq authorization. Both are far too broad and do not include sunset provisions.
Voices for Peace
FCNL helped organize a National Service of Mourning in remembrance of those who have died in Palestine and Israel.
What's New on the Middle East
37 Peace and Security Organizations call on Congress to let diplomacy work by calming rhetoric on sanctions relief and other unrealistic preconditions for a final deal.
As FCNL watches the violence in Iraq and Syria and the U.S. bombing, we long for an answer of how to stop the killing and protect the people at risk. Some of you have shared with us your belief and frustration that military action seems like the only way to stop the Islamic State militants. We do not have all the answers at FCNL, but we remain concerned that this military action -- like so many before it -- will not help build a world free of war and the threat of war; indeed, it is likely to lead to greater violence and endless war.
"The only language understood by killers like this is the language of force," said President Obama in address to the United Nations General Assembly. But where did I.S. learn this language?
With military action underway, members of Congress, the media and the public are under pressure to rally behind the president. But now, more than ever, decision makers need to hear that war is not the answer.
FCNL Statement of Legislative Policy
"We support active non-violent responses to prevent or transform violent conflict at all levels.
The cycles of violence perpetuated by acts of terror and the armed overthrow of governments serve as warning against the use of force, while the examples of nonviolent movements for change provide concrete alternatives.”