Republican Senators Aim to Strip Aid to Palestinians
US Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and 10 other GOP lawmakers re-introduced legislation Wednesday to strip US aid to the Palestinian Authority due to its support of terrorism.
“It’s unacceptable that our taxpayer dollars are still being used by the Palestinian Authority to pay terrorists who have Israeli and American blood on their hands, and to brainwash young Palestinians to hate Israel and the Jewish people,” the Florida Senator said. “The US should condition assistance to the Palestinian Authority on it stopping these despicable practices.”
The bill, known as the Taylor Force Act, could affect as much as $300-M in aid to the Palestinians, according to reports.
It was named after a US Army Veteran who was part of a Vanderbilt University tour group visiting Israel in Y 2016 and was brutally stabbed and killed by a Palestinian terrorist, 11 others were injured.
Taylor Force, 28 anni, was a West Point grad and an MBA student at Vanderbilt. The group was in Israel studying entrepreneurship.
Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction praised the terrorist, who was shot dead by police, as a “heroic martyr” Palestinian officials have not condemned the assault.
Members of Hamas and the Islamic Jihadist Movement in Palestine also lauded the attack.
The legislation was 1st introduced into Congress last year. Republicans believe that US President Donald Trump will signed the legislation if it passes Congress.
Besides Senator Rubio, other Republicans co-sponsoring the bill included Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott (R-SC); Roy Blunt (R-MO); Tom Cotton and John Boozman (R-AK); Ted Cruz, (R-TX); Richard Burr (R-NC); and John Thune (R-SD).
In the House, similar legislation was sponsored by Reps. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), and Lee Zeldin (R-NY).
“This legislation shines a light on a very real problem,” Senator Graham said. “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 cannot be a partner in peace when you are paying people to commit terrorist acts,” he said. “The choice the Palestinians make will determine the type of relationship they have with the United States in the years to come.”
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