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Middle East

Middle East

AFSC Middle East Region

AFSC work in the Middle East began in 1949. In the aftermath of World War II AFSC gained experience resettling refugees and displaced persons, and was asked by the United Nations to organize relief efforts for Palestinian Arab refugees in the Gaza Strip. This continued until the United Nations Relief Works Agency began operations on May 1, 1950. From its initial engagement with refugees in Gaza, AFSC has been committed to peace-building as well as relief efforts.

Most recently AFSC has responded to US military intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan. AFSC has also worked to promote the continuation of dialogue between the US and Iran.

AFSC’s approach is twofold: it works to empower the people directly affected by the conflict. Secondly, AFSC works through its representatives in the Middle East region and in the USA to advocate for policy change based on the Quaker testimonies to peace and equality.

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  • Control of Palestinian movement has been a feature of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territory since its inception in 1967. However, over the last 14 years the system...
  • Call on Congress to oppose the Israeli-imposed blockade on Gaza. Support peace in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory. Ask Congress to support changes in U.S....
  • Join an interfaith group of people of conscience calling on all consumers and stores to stop buying and selling SodaStream products, which are manufactured within an Israeli...