Our Work

When crises break out in the Middle East, the U.S. too often turns to violence first. FCNL lobbies for nonviolent engagement in the Middle East to prevent, de-escalate and resolve longstanding conflicts. Political grievances contribute to instability and violence, so lasting peace in the region will require engagement with all stakeholders.

What's New on the Middle East

Kate Gould Quoted in CQ Article on Military Aid to Egypt

“It’s certainly a damning report exposing how the Egyptian military forces are being given a free pass to not have to comply fully with a lot of these investigations,” said Kate Gould, legislative representative for Middle East policy at the Quaker group Friends Committee on National Legislation.

FCNL Applauds Introduction of Bipartisan Religious Freedom Bill

On May 11, 2016, Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) introduced the Freedom of Religion Act, a bipartisan bill that would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to prohibit denying admission to the United States based on an individual’s religion.

Members of Congress, Advocacy and Faith Organizations Urge Support for Immigrants, Refugees, and American Muslims

Twenty national faith, immigration, and community organizations joined a month-long campaign - led by FCNL - urging Congress to focus on the importance of immigrant, refugee, and Muslim communities in the fabric of American society.

Issues

Iran

We support the ongoing negotiations between the United States, its negotiating partners and Iran to finalize an agreement that would guard against a nuclear-armed Iran, another US war in the Middle East and begin lifting sanctions that had a devastating impact on Iranian civilians. Securing a negotiated settlement to the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program would strengthen the global non-proliferation regime and has the potential to open the door to U.S.-Iran engagement on de-escalating the conflict in Syria and other regional matters.

Israel/Palestine

We work to highlight the voices of Palestinians and Israelis working for nonviolent solutions to the conflict and supporting inclusive, diplomatic efforts to secure a just peace for both peoples. FCNL opposes U.S. military aid to Israel and supports humanitarian and development aid to the region. We call on the Obama administration and Congress to urge Israel to immediately lift the blockade on Gaza, in accordance with the August 2014 ceasefire agreement.

Iraq and Syria

We call for the U.S. to take steps to de-escalate the violence in Iraq and Syria. Military responses will only increase the violence, so the U.S. should act nonviolently and stop bombing and military campaigns. Political solutions must engage all stakeholders.

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.”

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Kate Gould lobbies on Middle East policy, including ending the conflicts in Israel-Palestine, Syria, and Iran.

Yasmine Taeb lobbies for human rights and civil liberties, including lobbying for increased resettlement of Syrian refugees.

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