Kate Gould

Legislative Representative, Middle East Policy


Kate Gould

Kate Gould serves as the Legislative Representative for Middle East Policy. Kate directs FCNL's lobbying on Middle East policy, and is one of only a handful of registered lobbyists in Washington, D.C. working to support diplomatic solutions to disputes between the U.S. and Iran and the conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Israel/Palestine.

Gould was profiled in 2015 as the “Quaker Lobbyist Behind the Iran Deal Fight,” by Congressional Quarterly, an outlet with readership that includes 95% of members of Congress. Kate's analysis on Middle East policy has been published in The New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, The Guardian, The Daily Beast, CNN, Reuters, AFP and other national outlets. Kate has appeared as an on-air analyst for various TV and radio programs, including the O'Reilly Factor on Fox News, The Thom Hartmann Show, The Real News Network and CCTV. She is a Political Partner at the Truman National Security Project, and serves as a board member of the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship and Churches for Middle East Peace.

Before coming to FCNL, Kate taught Palestinian school teachers for AMIDEAST while coordinating a radio program on peacebuilding efforts at a joint Israeli-Palestinian think tank in Jerusalem. Kate also interned for Senator Jeff Merkley both in her hometown of Medford, Oregon and in his Washington, DC office. Kate is inspired every day by people she met in the Middle East who practice nonviolence in the face of so much violence: the Palestinian shepherds, Israeli rabbis, Palestinian women’s cooperative owners, therapists in Gaza treating children who have lived through three wars, and Syrian and Iraqi refugees who have started over to make a new life. Kate is a member of the Friends Meeting of Washington.

kate@fcnl.org

Articles by Kate Gould

Press Release Friedman Squeaks Through SFRC as Grassroots, Anti-Settlement Opposition Grows  

Every vote against Friedman’s confirmation sends an important message: Pro-settlement, pro-occupation policies should be disqualifying from serving in one of the most sensitive diplomatic postings in the world.

Press Release Sen. Shaheen Reads Letter from Holocaust Descendant at Friedman Hearing, Friedman Responds  

Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) read the letter of constituent and Holocaust descendant Alicia Sanders-Zakre urging her to oppose President Trump’s nominee for U.S. Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman.

Action Alert Tell your Senators: Oppose Friedman for Israel Ambassador 

David Friedman’s record of funding illegal Israeli settlements, his support for Israeli annexation of the West Bank and his likening of supporters of the two-state solution to Nazi collaborators should disqualify him from one of the most sensitive and complex diplomatic postings in the world.

Action Alert Broad Opposition to Friedman for Israel Ambassador 

A broad spectrum of opponents to Friedman's nomination, including Members of Congress, media, and civil society, are speaking out on Trump’s dangerous choice for U.S. Ambassador to Israel for his extreme positions.

House, Senate to Retaliate Against U.N. Over Israel Settlements Vote 

FCNL's Kate Gould on the importance of supporting the U.N. as the international body empowered to mediate conflict.

Update Anti-Free Speech Bill Stalled; Expected to be Reintroduced 

It targets human rights activists, not hatred.

The so-called “Anti-Semitism Awareness Act” would expand the definition of Title VI protection to include political criticism of Israel, threatening free speech.

Action Alert Promote Peaceful U.S. Policy towards Yemen 

Constituent voices are needed now to stop the U.S. from fueling war in Yemen. Your voice has the power to move Congress to end U.S. complicity in this war. Take action!

Update #DiplomacyWorks: Iran Deal under President Trump 

The Iran nuclear deal stands on strong legs, and President-elect Trump's conviction to dismantle the deal remains unclear. Five factors could convince him to uphold the deal.

FCNL in the News Stop the Saudi Slaughter 

The United Nation's recent announcement of a 72 hour truce in Yemen is a step forward, but it is not enough. To stop the bloodshed for more than three days, Washington must fully commit to cutting off weapons transfers if Saudi Arabia refuses to end its war on civilians there.

Update Analysis: Syria Civilian Protection Act (H.R. 5732)  

“Syria Civilian Protection Act” Would Obstruct Negotiations to Stop the Killing

The Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act (H.R.5732) would undermine its stated goal to encourage a negotiated political solution to halt the slaughter of the Syrian people. Ultimately, as countless U.S. officials and Syria experts have pointed out, a political settlement is the only way to stop the killing.