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
40 organizations, representing millions of Americans, sent a letter to Congress urging members to support a nuclear deal with Iran.
For 14 years, two presidents have waged the so-called "war on terror" without limits. They've bombed, droned and detained possible combatants in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and elsewhere around the globe. And Congress has stayed largely silent -- even with recent news that the president will likely send more military personnel into the war on ISIS.
Every kid deserves a chance -- whether they're Israeli or Palestinian. At the beginning of June, we joined AFSC and a host of other faith based and human rights organizations for three days of advocacy for the “No Way to Treat a Child” campaign. The campaign raises awareness of Israel's systemic military detention and widespread abuse of Palestinian youth, some as young as 12 years old.
I've gotten lots of calls and messages from many of you asking me FCNL's position on the new version of the Corker bill on Iran after it passed unanimously in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week.
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.”