United States lawmakers advance bill to defund PA over terror stipends

A worker installs solar panels on a roof in Gaza City
A worker installs solar panels on a roof in Gaza City
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04 August, 2017

"We absolutely can not accept a policy that rewards acts of terrorism like the one that tragically took the life of Taylor Force", said Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

All Republican members of the committee voted in favor of the bill, which would cut US funding to the Palestinian Authority as long as it pays salaries to convicted terrorists and their families. The United States now gives nearly $400 million a year to help the foreign government.

The Taylor Force Act, named after a former U.S. army officer who was stabbed to death by a Palestinian assailant while visiting Tel Aviv in March 2016, will now advance for a full Senate vote. The 21-year-old Palestinian man who killed him was then praised and financially rewarded by his government. "This bill shines a light on the very real problem of 'Pay to Slay.' Taylor was an American hero who was brutally murdered at the hands of terrorists".

Stephen M. Greenberg, Chairman and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO said that "this is yet another sign of the bipartisan commitment in Congress to the security of Israel and to ending the Palestinian Authority's outrageous incitement to violence against Israelis, and the financial inducements provided to carry out acts of terrorism". Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who introduced the bill. When it does, it will send an important message to the PA that terrorism is unacceptable, but will smartly do so in a way that safeguards American interests and Israeli security. They are inconsistent with decency.

"Simply put, you can't be a partner in peace when you are paying people to commit acts of terror". Every Republican member of the committee supported the measure, as well as several Democrats, including Maryland Sen.

The first is that there is a need to punish the Palestinian Authority for its detestable practice of paying bonuses to terrorists and their families for killing and maiming Israelis.


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