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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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Press Release Quaker Organizations Oppose Potential West Bank Annexation by Israel 

Washington, DC – Three Quaker organizations that focus on international policy said today that they oppose the threatened annexation of the West Bank by Israel and called for such plans to be abandoned. Mounting reports indicate that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government could annex the West Bank starting July 1.

Statement Quaker Statement on Potential Israeli Annexation of the West Bank 

As organizations that are part of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) we are deeply concerned about the threatened Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank. Such an action would violate international law, formalize land theft, further entrench inequalities and the denial of Palestinian rights, intensify human suffering, and make realizing a just and lasting peace more difficult.

Action Alert No Funds for War with Iran! 

The United States and Iran are moving closer to war every day. While claiming a desire to end endless war, the administration has rapidly escalated tensions between our two countries, increasing the risk of accidents and miscalculations. Congress must use its power of the purse to prohibit unauthorized war with Iran.

Update Congress Must Seize This Opportunity for Peace in Afghanistan 

After nearly 20 years of war, the United States and the Taliban signed an agreement on Feb. 29, 2020 aimed at bringing an end to the conflict in Afghanistan.

Statement Say No to Israel’s Annexation of the West Bank  

As a faith-based organization with a long history of advocating for peace in the Middle East, the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) opposes Israel’s proposed annexation of Palestinian territory. We call on Congress to declare it will not recognize a unilateral assertion of Israeli sovereignty over Palestinian lands and that such annexation will irreparably harm the U.S.-Israel relationship.

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