Pass the Taylor Force Act: End U.S. Funding of Palestinian “Pay for Slay” Terrorism Against Israel | American Center for Law and Justice

End U.S. Funding of Palestinian Terror Against Israel

By ACLJ.org1510940511902

It is time to end U.S. funding for the terrorist-led Palestinian Authority (PA). As it stands now, U.S. taxpayers are subsidizing the PA government, which in turn pays financial rewards to terrorists and their families. Last year, a Palestinian terrorist stabbed ten innocent civilians and murdered an American citizen in Israel. The PA – which we fund with hundreds of millions of our taxpayer dollars – then paid the terrorist’s family as a martyr for the jihadist anti-Israel cause. For years, we have called for the end of this taxpayer-funded “pay for slay” program. Finally, Congress is taking bipartisan action.

In March 2016, a Palestinian terrorist went on a killing spree through the streets of Jaffa Port in Tel Aviv, Israel’s second largest city. Before being killed by police, he stabbed ten innocent civilians, including an American citizen, Taylor Force, who died before reaching the hospital. Mr. Force was a West Point graduate, a Field Artillery Officer in the U.S. Army, and served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He was in Israel as part of his MBA program at Vanderbilt University. He was survived by his wife, who was also injured in the terror attack.

Rather than condemn this horrific and cowardly jihadist act, the PA praised the terrorist as a martyr in its official media and awarded his family a generous lifelong stipend. This stipend is enshrined in the laws of the PA. It is designed to encourage individual acts of terrorism against Israel and its allies in the name of Palestinian independence.

The program, infamously referred to as “pay for slay,” offers a tiered payout to those who carry out these heinous attacks; the more horrific the crime, the greater the payout. The PA spends $300 million a year to fund this brutal program. More than 30,000 terrorists and their families receive these payments each year.

Each year the United States sends upwards of $500 million to the PA in the form of economic, security, and humanitarian aid. Even if every American dollar went to help those in need, money is fungible, and our aid frees up the PA’s resources to continue to subsidize terrorist attacks against American and Israeli civilians.

Congress has known about this problem for years. In 2015, Congress passed a law reducing U.S. aid to the PA one dollar for every dollar spent by the PA for acts of terrorism. In response, the PA routed the program’s funding through the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), another terrorist organization. In 2017, Congress responded to this subterfuge with an appropriations bill to include the PA and the PLO. Yet, these measures have proven ineffective. They are hard to track, and bureaucrats have lacked the will to enforce them.

Finally, Congress is taking decisive action to end your – the American taxpayers – unwitting funding of Palestinian terrorism: the Taylor Force Act. The act gives the PA a choice: End the “pay for slay” program or have hundreds of millions in U.S. economic aid stripped away. It is an all or nothing choice that requires no complex monitoring or calculations and takes unneeded bureaucratic complications out of the equation.

This is a vital first step in ensuring that we stop providing taxpayer bailouts to terrorists bent on waging jihad on our ally Israel.

In August 2017, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee overwhelmingly voted to send its version of the bill to the Senate floor. Just this week, the House Foreign Affairs Committee followed suit and voted unanimously with bipartisan support to move the bill to the House floor.

We have advocated for this type of legislation all along. We are saddened it has taken the loss of an American life to spur Congress into action, but we are encouraged by their renewed resolve to end funding of this terrorist organization. We ask both houses of Congress to bring the Taylor Force Act to a vote before their full bodies and get this bill to the President’s desk as soon as possible.

We should not fund a PA that funds terrorism.  Further, we should not fund a PA that has joined in a unity government with Hamas – a recognized terrorist organization. Our tax dollars should never fund terrorism again.

Defund Terrorists at War With Israel

Israel  Signatures

LOGIN

Receive the latest news, updates, and contribution opportunities from ACLJ.

$20
$40
$60
$120
$240
Make this a monthly Tax-Deductible gift.

As we defend Israel in Congress, U.N., and ICC against treacherous betrayal, we need YOU. Have your Tax-Deductible gift DOUBLED now.‬ Have your gift doubled through our Matching Challenge.

Email Address is required.
First Name is required.
Last Name is required.
Credit Card Number is required.
Verification Code is required.
Expiration Month is required.
Expiration Year is required.
Receive the latest news, updates, and contribution opportunities from the ACLJ.
Encourage your friends to sign and donate by sharing this petition.
Latest in
Israel

Biden Administration Deletes Details About Palestinian Terror

By Jordan Sekulow1625692968329

The Biden Administration is planning to restart funding for the Palestinian Authority (PA) by sending U.S. taxpayer dollars to the PA which aids terrorist organizations. To make matters worse, in a new State Department report that is sent to Congress yearly mandated by the 1990 Palestine Liberation...

read more

The Conflict in Israel: A Post War Debriefing

By Mark Goldfeder1623157140000

Over the last few years, you have probably seen some version of the following set of claims, often used during the height of a conflict to justify terrorist actions in order to make murder understandable, if not acceptable: Israel is an illegal occupier, practicing apartheid, and — as if that...

read more

Setting the Record Straight and Defending Israel at the UN

By Jordan Sekulow1623070740000

We have just taken major action in defense of Israel’s interests through our international affiliate, the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ) once again before the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), a body known for its anti-Israel bias . This time not only did we defend Israel, but...

read more

President Biden Is Opening a "Palestinian" Consulate in Jerusalem

By Jeff Ballabon1622223923935

It seems as though everything the new Biden Administration is doing in the Middle East is dedicated to harming Israel: empowering a nuclear Iran; rolling back the historic achievements of the Abraham Accords; and rewarding the intransigent, corrupt leadership of those who seek to wipe Israel off...

read more

American Center for Law and Justice | Washington D.C. | Copyright © 2021, ACLJ | Privacy & Security Policy | Annual Report

The ACLJ is an organization dedicated to the defense of constitutional liberties secured by law.

Visit ACLJ.org/help to submit a legal help request. All legal requests submitted via any other method cannot be answered.

Through our $1 Million Matching Challenge, all gifts will be doubled, dollar-for-dollar, up to the online daily total.

American Center for Law and Justice is a d/b/a for Christian Advocates Serving Evangelism, Inc., a tax-exempt, not-for-profit, religious corporation as defined under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, specifically dedicated to the ideal that religious freedom and freedom of speech are inalienable, God-given rights. The Center's purpose is to engage legal, legislative and cultural issues by implementing an effective strategy of advocacy, education and litigation to ensure that those rights are protected under the law. The organization has participated in numerous cases before the Supreme Court, Federal Court of Appeals, Federal District Courts, and various state courts regarding freedom of religion and freedom of speech. Your gift is very much appreciated and fully deductible as a charitable contribution. A copy of our latest financial report may be obtained by writing to us at P.O. Box 90555, Washington, DC 20090-0555.