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
When almost 400 citizen advocates and "grasstops" join FCNL on Capitol Hill this week making the case to Congress that #diplomacyworks, it will be within the rich tradition of Quaker advocacy to petition those in power to prevent war and violent conflict.
The #DiplomacyWorks Lobby Day will take place on November 20th and 21st, 2014. An Israeli Knesset member, a U.S. Senator, a Ret. Army Colonel and Bush administration official, and other prominent national security experts will speak about how diplomatic efforts can help prevent a nuclear-armed Iran and the risk of another war.
More than a decade of "war on terror" has shown, at a tragic cost, that violence begets violence. Militant groups like the Islamic State thrive in atmospheres of violence and fear, and these new proposals will only perpetuate the violence.
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.
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.”