A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest
New legislation would permit Israelis to enter the U.S. without a visa while continuing to allow Israel to deny entry to some U.S. citizens. The Senate version of this bill would create a unique exception for Israel to bypass protections against discrimination in U.S. immigration law. Urge your senators to oppose S. 462.
Maiya reflects on her experience with militaristic rhetoric in the Jewish community and its part in perpetuating conflict in Israel/Palestine.
On the Hill
Write a letter to the editor urging your members of Congress to support nonviolent solutions in the Middle East.
What's New on the Middle East
The new nuclear deal with Iran agreed to in Geneva two weeks ago is a major step toward preventing a nuclear armed Iran. But the delicate diplomatic negotiations could be damaged or halted altogether if Congress votes for new sanctions on Iran.
FCNL urges Congress to speak out in support of the historic, first-step nuclear deal with Iran. This memo provides talking points for why Congress should support the deal and why Congress should oppose new sanctions.
FCNL's Kate Gould teams up with Lawrence Wilkerson, retired U.S. Army Colonel and former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, to urge Congress not to thwart the groundbreaking P5+1 interim deal with Iran.
The Senate is gearing up to vote on the National Defense Authorization Act. This bill will have enormous implications for many of the issues on which FCNL lobbies. Here are the amendments to keep an eye on.
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.”