Reintroduce Bill to Halt Palestinian Authority Funding Until Terror Rewards Stop Taylor Force Act would cut off funding to the Palestinian Authority if it continues its policy of paying monetary rewards to terrorists and their families
PoliticalNews.me - Mar 05,2017 - Sen. Cruz Joins Colleagues to Reintroduce Bill to Halt Palestinian Authority Funding Until Terror Rewards Stop
Taylor Force Act would cut off funding to the Palestinian Authority if it continues its policy of paying monetary rewards to terrorists and their families
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), along with U.S. Reps. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) and Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) to reintroduce The Taylor Force Act, which would cut off funding to the Palestinian Authority if it continues its policy of paying monetary rewards to terrorists and their surviving family members.
Taylor Force was a former U.S. Army officer who was part of a Vanderbilt University tour group visiting Israel when he was brutally stabbed and killed by a Palestinian terrorist. Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction praised the terrorist as a “heroic martyr” and the Palestinian Authority has yet to condemn the terrorist attack.
The Taylor Force Act was also cosponsored by Sens. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and John Thune (R-S.D.).
“This bill delivers a message that should be heard loud and clear: The United States must not fund a Palestinian leadership that engages in incitement and supports acts of terrorism against both American and Israeli citizens," said Sen. Cruz. “I’m proud to work with Sen. Graham and my colleagues on this legislation, named in honor of Taylor Force, a Texas native and Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran who served multiple tours in defense of our country before being murdered by a Palestinian terrorist in Tel Aviv last year. The US must hold the Palestinian leadership accountable for continuing this heinous practice of incentivizing and rewarding terrorism by providing monthly salaries and benefits to terrorists, their families, and the families of those who died committing acts of terrorism. We must ensure US taxpayer dollars are not being used to fund and enable Palestinian terrorism and stand with Israel against radical Islamic terrorism that targets citizens from both of our countries.”
“This legislation shines a light on a very real problem,” said Sen. Graham. “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.”
“We cannot continue allowing U.S. taxpayer dollars to be used by the Palestinian Authority to reward convicted terrorists and their families for acts of violence against Israel or the United States,” said Sen. Blunt. “Under current Palestinian Authority law, the more heinous an act of terror an individual commits, the greater the reward. This is an outrageous policy and I urge my Senate colleagues to support this effort to end