Hassan El-Tayyab

Legislative Manager for Middle East Policy


Hassan El-Tayyab

Hassan El-Tayyab is FCNL’s lead lobbyist on Middle East policy. He is also responsible for representing FCNL with the various coalitions that work on these issues.

Prior to joining FCNL in August 2019, he was co-director of the national advocacy group Just Foreign Policy, where he led their lobbying work to advance a more progressive foreign policy in the Middle East and Latin America. He played a major role in the successful passage of the War Powers Resolution to end US military aid to the Saudi-UAE coalition’s war in Yemen.

Hassan's passion for foreign affairs is rooted in his desire to make life better for people in the Middle East, including his extended family in Jordan. He is convinced that advancing a more peaceful and diplomacy-based foreign policy in the Middle East is critical, not only for the family he loves, but for peace and stability worldwide.

His writings and commentaries have been featured in numerous news outlets, including BBC World News, The Hill, Al Jazeera, The Huffington Post, The Intercept, and more. Hassan holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island."

Articles by Hassan El-Tayyab

FCNL in the News Hassan El-Tayyab Joins WPFW to Discuss the Middle East 

FCNL's lead Middle East lobbyist, Hassan El-Tayyab, joined WPFW on Sept. 22 to discuss the recent Israeli peace deals and other developments in the Middle East.

Statement FCNL Opposes Snapback Sanctions on Iran and Urges a Return to Diplomacy  

FCNL opposes the administration’s efforts to reimpose UN sanctions on Iran and to undermine and formally kill the Iran nuclear deal.

FCNL in the News Hassan El-Tayyab Joins BBC to Discuss the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen 

Hassan El-Tayyab, FCNL's lead lobbyist on Middle East policy, joined BBC World on June 26 to discuss the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. 80 percent of the population is in need of humanitarian aid, and the pandemic will only deepen the suffering.

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.

Action Alert End U.S. Military Support for the War in Yemen 

The Saudi-led coalition’s bombardment of Yemen is the leading cause of civilian casualties in the war, according to the United Nations, and a driver of the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.

Statement FCNL Welcomes News of a Ceasefire in Yemen 

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) welcomes the declaration by Saudi Arabia of a two-week ceasefire to stop the spread of the coronavirus in Yemen. The Saudis should also suspend their air and sea blockade, which has cut off all commercial imports into and exports from the country. The blockade has prolonged and exacerbated the physical and economic suffering of millions of innocent Yemenis.

After 5 years of war in Yemen, American complicity must end 

March 25 marks the fifth anniversary of the brutal war in Yemen. With early and generous American military support to the Saudi-led coalition, this war has created the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet. And things could easily get even worse.

Statement Congress Stands Up for Peace in the Middle East 

On Dec. 6, the House of Representatives passed H. Res. 326, a resolution affirming U.S. support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and opposing unilateral annexation of Palestinian territory. This resolution is an explicit rejection of the administration’s efforts to undermine the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people for a state of their own.

Background Bill Analysis: Supporting the Human Rights of Palestinian Children 

H.R. 2407

The “Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act” (H.R. 2407), introduced by Rep. Betty McCollum (MN-07), acknowledges the harm being done to Palestinian children living in occupied West Bank and Gaza.

Update Demanding Justice for Yemen and Jamal Khashoggi 

It was one year ago on Oct. 2 that Jamal Khashoggi was brutally murdered by agents of the Saudi Arabian government. In memory of the Washington Post journalist, advocacy groups held a press conference in front of the Saudi Embassy, demanding justice and calling on the U.S. to reevaluate its relationship with Saudi Arabia. Our Middle East lobbyist, Hassan El-Tayyab, delivered the following remarks at the event: