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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.


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  2. Iran

More on the Middle East & Iran

Action Alert Your Advocacy is Working! Senate Passes Iran War powers with Bipartisan Support  

Exciting news. Yesterday, the Senate passed S.J. Res. 68, Sen. Tim Kaine’s Iran War Powers Resolution.

Update House Passes Two Measures To Prevent War with Iran 

Exciting news. On Jan. 30, the House passed two measures limiting President Trump’s ability to go to war with Iran: one to prevent funding for an unauthorized war and another to repeal the 2002 Iraq Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF).

Update Our Hopes and Fears for the 2020 State of the Union 

Between the escalation with Iran and the impeachment hearings, Congress has been abuzz with activity so far this year—and advocates have been hard at work, too. The president’s State of the Union address, set for Feb. 4, will serve as an important point of reflection for FCNL and all those working to create change in Congress.

Press Release Quaker Lobby Opposes Administration’s Bid to Expand Muslim Ban 

Washington, DC – The Trump administration is expected to formally announce plans today to expand the 2017 travel ban, commonly known as the Muslim ban. The extension includes Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar (Burma), Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania. The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) has consistently opposed any religious-based tests or barriers for admission to the United States.

Statement A Leap Backwards in the Middle East 

There was a time when the United States sought to portray itself as an honest broker for peace between Israelis and Palestinians; a seeker of solutions that would be acceptable to all sides. That role has virtually disappeared, as Congress and successive U.S. administrations sided unequivocally with Israel.

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