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Frequently Asked Questions on FCNL and Israel-Palestine
Get additional information about FCNL's position and work for a more peaceful Middle East.
What is FCNL’s basic position on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?
FCNL supports the right of Israelis and Palestinians to self-determination and security in their own homeland. FCNL urges the United States to press for an end to Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territory and to support a two-state solution rooted in international law.
What is FCNL’s position on BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) against Israel?
FCNL does not take a position on the international movement for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions against Israel and its associated consumer and shareholder advocacy campaigns. FCNL’s mandate is to constructively influence policy change through lobbying, and we have not seen such opportunities arise through BDS-related initiatives in Congress.
What is FCNL’s position on U.S. military aid to Israel?
Respect for human rights and accountability must be a cornerstone of U.S. global engagement. FCNL calls to end unconditional U.S. military assistance to Israel, which perpetuates Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Given that the U.S. funds 20% of Israel’s military budget, the U.S. has a special responsibility to hold Israel accountable for this assistance, and to ensure that restrictions like the Leahy law are uniformly applied.
Why is FCNL focused on the Gaza water crisis?
The UN predicts Gaza will run out of drinking water by the end of 2016, posing a dire public health crisis within and beyond Gaza’s borders. FCNL sees an opportunity to shift the Hill narrative, and improve the lives of Palestinians and Israelis by addressing the Gaza water crisis.
Why do I hear more from FCNL about Israel’s occupation than Hamas violence?
FCNL unequivocally condemns violence by Israelis and Palestinians, including by Hamas. At the same time, FCNL’s mandate to contribute to peaceful solutions is to advance U.S. policy change. Given that Israel is the top recipient of U.S. foreign military financing, the U.S. has a particular responsibility to hold Israel accountable for the structural violence of the occupation.
I’m going to Israel-Palestine. Where do you recommend I go?
We have a list of Israeli and Palestinian groups that welcome visitors who are interested in grassroots efforts to end the occupation and advancing nonviolent solutions.