A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest
We at FCNL have watched with heavy hearts as violence breaks out in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel in catastrophic proportions. We grieve over the Palestinian and Israeli lives lost, and we lift up our concern for those who have been injured and for the many living in fear for their own safety and the safety of those they love.
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.
What's New on the Middle East
No one—Israeli or Palestinian—should have to live under constant threat of death. The U.S. must call for an immediate ceasefire to stop the killing. That will require engaging not only Israel but also Hamas. But the U.S. must also call on Israel to lift the blockade on Gaza that causes unnecessary suffering for civilians. Without an end to the blockade, the ceasefire will not last.
Community Conscious Radio
Community Conscious Radio's (88.5 WMNF) Rob Lorei speaks with Kate Gould about securing a negotiated ceasefire between Israel and Hamas that takes steps to ending the blockade.
On Thursday, July 17th, over 30 staffers gathers to hear Josh Fattal and Ambassador William Miller share their story: The progress U.S. and Iranian diplomats are making today toward a nuclear accord builds on the success of the back channel negotiations to secure the release of three Americans imprisoned in Iran. Josh Fattal is one of the three American hikers who was held hostage in Iran. Ambassador Miller drew upon his decades in the foreign service, including years spent in Iran, to play a pivotal role in the track I and track II discussions that helped secure their release. Ambassador Miller is in Vienna this week, and will share his fresh insights from the negotiations to secure a final agreement that guards against a nuclear-armed Iran and the risk of a war over this issue.
The Huffington Post
Maiya Zwerling's interview with former Iran hostage Josh Fattal about his imprisonment, his release, and how it has contributed to the ongoing Iranian nuclear talks. As we near the July 20 deadline for a final deal, let us hope that Josh's vision for a more secure and peaceful Middle East is realized.
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.”