Leah Muskin-Pierret

Program Assistant for Middle East Policy


Leah Muskin-Pierret

Leah Muskin-Pierret works with Kate Gould to support FCNL’s lobbying on issues of militarism and the possibilities for peace in U.S. Middle East policy. She lobbies and provides support for FCNL’s network of constituent lobbyists to promote diplomatic solutions over military action in U.S. policy towards Iran, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Israel/Palestine.

Prior to FCNL, Leah graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor's degree in American Studies and International Relations, focusing on the contemporary history of U.S. militarism at home and abroad. She has promoted peace through researching civilian protection in Syria with the Center for Civilians in Conflict, synthesizing news on U.S.-Tunisia policy at the Project on Middle East Democracy, and supporting peacebuilding programs at Search for Common Ground. She owes most of her real Middle East politics knowledge to the wise and kind people she met living and studying in Cairo, Egypt for five months in 2015.

Leah got her start in advocacy during high school when she and a fellow activist played an instrumental role in defeating a youth curfew proposal in Montgomery County, Maryland. After work hours, she continues to dedicate her time to justice work, including student and community organizing to advance an end to the occupation and a just peace in Israel/Palestine.

Outside of her political work, Leah is a voracious reader and an enthusiastic traveler.

leah@fcnl.org

Articles by Leah Muskin-Pierret

Action Alert Stand up for Peaceful Protest in Palestine 

Call on your Representative to defend Issa Amro

For over a decade, Palestinian activist Issa Amro and his organization Youth Against Settlements have used nonviolent resistance to peacefully challenge the Israeli occupation in his hometown of Hebron. He now faces politically motivated charges designed to shut down his calls for Palestinian freedom and an end to occupation. Call now to stand with Issa!

Background Yemen War Emboldens Extremists 

The U.S.-backed Saudi war in Yemen is aiding AQAP and emboldening Iran

Who benefits from unconditional U.S. arms to Saudi Arabia? Experts caution that the U.S. approach to the Yemen war has given AQAP weapons flows, military support, and fodder for extremism, while emboldening Iran by driving rebel factions under Iranian control.

Action Alert Tell Congress: Block Weapons of Mass Starvation 

Write an LTE to block a bomb sale to Saudi Arabia

Your voice matters to urge your senators to vote against this arms deal to Saudi Arabia – and against U.S.-backed atrocities in Yemen.

Action Alert Call Your Senators: Block Bombs to Saudi Arabia 

Your senators will vote the week of June 12 on whether to block bombs to Saudi Arabia, which are being used to kill civilians in Yemen. Your calls to the Senate are crucial to ensure the Senate sends a strong message to challenge this deadly war.

Update Block U.S. Bombs to Saudi Arabia 

Tell Congress: Vote for SJ Res 42 and HJ Res 102 to block the bombs

Legislators are gearing up to block a bomb sale to Saudi Arabia. Blocking the sale would prevent the U.S. from aiding and abetting the bloodshed in Yemen that has killed over 10,000 Yemeni civilians and left 7 million Yemenis hungry.

Update What We're Reading on Yemen 

Lawmakers and advocates call to stop US arms sales to end devastating Yemen war

On the eve on President Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia, voices opposed to US complicity in the Saudi war in Yemen are multiplying. Sens. Todd Young and Chris Murphy spoke out on the Senate floor, Rep. Pocan spoke up in the pages of the Washington Post, and numerous experts published articles opposing the Saudi arms deals.

Action Alert End U.S. Support for Deadly Yemen War 

With the U.S. military already fueling Saudi jets in Yemen, the White House is considering an escalation, from further intelligence sharing to possible direct US military intervention in the Yemen war. Congress can stop the U.S. from fueling the bloodshed in Yemen.

Background Don’t Legitimize Israeli Settlements: Reject S. 720 & H.R. 1697 

Legislation in both the House and the Senate threatens to legitimize settlements in U.S. policy and suppress political criticism of Israeli settlements policy.

Update Security Leaders warn IRGC Designation Paves Path to War with Iran 

The proposal, embedded in pending Iran sanctions legislation S. 722, to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization, could endanger U.S. troops in Iraq, imperil efforts against the Islamic State, and put the Iran nuclear deal, and peace with Iran, on thin ice.

Background New Iran Sanctions Risk Putting U.S. on War Path with Iran  

The Senate is considering a new Iran sanctions bill (S. 722) that would put the Iran nuclear deal in jeopardy and risk putting the U.S. on path toward war with Iran.