A bipartisan group of senators introduced the Taylor Force Act, which calls to cut all funding to the Palestinian Authority until it stops giving monetary rewards to terrorists. We must ensure this bill becomes law!
A group of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle reintroduced legislation this month that calls for the cutting of all US funding to the Palestinian Authority (PA) until it ceases giving monetary rewards to terrorists.
The Taylor Force Act would require the US secretary of state to verify that the PA has ended its policy of paying monetary rewards to terrorists and their surviving family members. The bill also calls on the PA to publicly condemn terror attacks and to take steps to bring the perpetrators to justice.
The legislation was named after American war veteran Taylor Force, who was stabbed to death in a Palestinian terror attack that left 10 others wounded in Jaffa last March. Force, 29, served tours of duty in the US Army in Iraq and Afghanistan and was a graduate of the prestigious West Point Military Academy. He was in Israel as part of a Vanderbilt University school trip.
Under the PA, the more heinous the act of terror committed, the greater the reward.
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction praised the terrorist who murdered Force as a “heroic martyr,” and the PA has yet to condemn the attack.
“This legislation shines a light on a very real problem,” stated Lindsey Graham (R-SC). “Why is the Palestinian Authority paying young Palestinians to commit acts of terror against innocent Americans like Taylor Force or Israelis? The Palestinians need to decide – do they condemn these horrible acts or do they reward them? You can’t be a partner in peace when you are paying people to commit terrorist acts. The choice the Palestinians make will determine the type of relationship they have with the United States in the years to come.”
The US provides the PA with approximately $300 million in aid annually. The PA makes approximately $300 million in payments to terrorists and their families every year.
This Palestinian policy is outrageous and must be stopped immediately. US taxpayer dollars must not be used by the PA to reward convicted terrorists and their families for acts of violence against Israel and murder against Israelis.
We must urge our representatives to ensure that this bill becomes law and is enforced to the letter!
Urge Your Representatives to Support the Taylor Force Act!
1. Click here to find your Senator.
2. Call the Capitol switchboard to reach your Senator: 1- (202) 224-3121