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
"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.
10 Groups call for a clarification on the Royce/Engel Iran PMD Letter: "Regrettably, some of the language in your letter could undermine, rather than support, these diplomatic opportunities. We urge you to revise the letter to ensure this is not the case.".
On September 17, the House voted to provide training and military equipment to Syrian rebels. This is the first step Congress has taken to support the administration's plans for another war in the Middle East. Respond to your representative's vote and let him or her know there are alternatives.
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.”