A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest
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
Representative Betty Mccollum (MN) is leading a letter in the House calling on President Obama to appoint a Special Envoy for Palestinian children, in response to reports of widespread mistreatment of Palestinian minors in Israeli military detention. FCNL supports the letter and urges members of Congress to sign on before it closes on May 20, 2016.
FCNL recently joined with 16 other Christian organizations on a letter to Congress in support the U.S. negotiating an arms embargo in the Middle East
There are no quick fixes; however, there are steps that can help move towards peace. The U.S.’s close relationship with Israel and influence in the region mean that our government can make a difference in the lives of Palestinians and Israelis and help pave the way for a just and peaceful resolution of the conflict.
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.
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.
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.”