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Posts from September 2019

By: Jonathan Kuttab
Published: September 19, 2019

Disclaimer: This piece represents the views of the author and not necessarily the views of AFSC as an organization.

This month a European court has removed the name of Hamas from the list of “terrorist organizations”. It is time we worked to see the U.S. do the same. This, however, requires bold steps by peace activists in Israel and the United States.

One reason why the world has tolerated...

Published: September 16, 2019


Every year, communities around the world commemorate the International Day of Peace on Sept. 21 – a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all countries and peoples.

To mark this occasion, we look at some of the ways that communities are courageously working to address serious problems through nonviolence, with support from AFSC.  



By: Tori Bateman
Published: September 16, 2019

It seems unfathomable that the U.S. would fan the flames of further wars in the Middle East, but right now the Trump administration is rapidly escalating tensions with Iran.

Here’s what you need to know and how you can call for lasting peace. 

1. U.S. aggression toward Iran is reaching a fever pitch. 

This weekend, the U.S. accused Iran of being behind drone and cruise missile attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities. The Houthi militia in Yemen claimed responsibility...

By: Alice Rothchild
Published: September 13, 2019

The American Friends Service Committee conference in DC, September 7-8, Preparing for 2020: Advocating for Rights, Justice, and Freedom, was an excellent antidote to the stormy and frightening times in which we live. It is a measure of our failure to be more outraged than we already are that Netanyahu’s pledge to annex much of the West Bank to Israel (as if there was not already one apartheid state) barely caused a flutter of protest. Between Trump and Netanyahu we are all suffering from shock fatigue and a good dose of gloom about the future of the...

By: Peniel Ibe
Published: September 13, 2019

People fleeing violence or danger in their home countries should be welcomed with compassion – not confronted by overwhelming obstacles to seeking asylum. But the Trump administration has repeatedly imposed new restrictions on asylum seekers, making it even harder for people to claim protection in the United States.

Take action today: Tell Congress to protect asylum seekers! 

Here are some of the ways the administration has sought to dismantle the asylum system – and how these...