ISRAEL BETRAYED: Biden Admin Resumes Aid to Palestinians, Despite "Pay for Slay" (Sekulow Recap) | American Center for Law and Justice

The Biden Administration has announced that they are about to violate federal law by resuming monetary aid to the terror-supporting Palestinian Authority (PA).

Today on Sekulow, we discussed the news that the Biden Administration is resuming aid to the Palestinian Authority despite their “Pay for Slay” program in direct violation of the Taylor Force Act.

Last night, through Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the Biden Administration’s State Department announced they are resuming aid to the Palestinian Authority. Here’s part of his statement detailing the extent of the funding:

We plan to restart U.S. economic, development, and humanitarian assistance for the Palestinian people.  This includes $75 million in economic and development assistance in the West Bank and Gaza, $10 million for peacebuilding programs through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and $150 million in humanitarian assistance for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

That is a total of $235 million. That comes in spite of the fact that the Taylor Force Act, a bipartisan law enacted in 2018, expressly prohibits economic support being provided to the Palestinian Authority.

The workaround here is they are not directly giving the funds to the governing authority. First they are giving the funds to another agency who then ends up giving it to the governing authority. It is clearly intended to subvert U.S. law, if that money is knowingly going to the Palestinian Authority once the agencies receive it.

My dad, ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, gave his view on this attempted workaround:

If you can get around the law by simply having an intermediary shell, an intermediary company, that then gives the aid to the various organizations – that violates, in my view that would constitute a violation of the law. Now, it’s not been litigated. No one knows for sure, but it was clear what Congress had intended. What Congress had intended was until the Palestinian Authority changed its methods and programs to discourage “Pay for Slay”, that this would not happen.

Former Secretary of State and ACLJ Senior Counsel for Global Affairs Mike Pompeo joined us on the broadcast and  characterized the Biden Administration’s disturbing actions as blatantly wrong:

It just is a fundamental misunderstanding of the work that led to the Abraham Accords. It will be very difficult, I think, to certify that funds going to the Palestinian Authority aren’t going to end up in the hands of bad actors in violation of the Taylor Force Act. More than illegal, it’s immoral to underwrite what the Palestinian Authority is doing. To support a regime that continues to pay people to commit these heinous acts all across the Middle East is outrageous. The American people are rightly disturbed by this and I’m glad that the ACLJ is working so hard. Now, more than ever, these are the kinds of things I think we’ll see happen, and we need to put pressure on the Biden Administration to stop underwriting the Palestinian Authority.

This a really bad move by the Biden Administration, and it really does appear that they are violating existing U.S. law. We’re going to get to the bottom of this. We have just sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request on this very issue to the Biden Administration.

We are in the middle of our April Matching Challenge. You know the important work that the ACLJ does and you also know that we are needed now, more than ever. This latest news from the Biden Administration has put Israel in even more danger and we are redoubling our efforts to defend America’s greatest ally in the Middle East.

We are in a Matching Challenge,  meaning that every dollar donated is effectively doubled. $5 becomes $10. $10 becomes $20. Please stand with us as we continue to fight for Israel and double your donation today.

The full broadcast is complete with additional analysis of the Biden Administration’s move to restart funding to the Palestinian Authority, further conversation with former Secretary of State and ACLJ Senior Counsel for Global Affairs Mike Pompeo, and much more.

Watch the full broadcast below.

Stop Funding Israel’s Enemies

Israel  Signatures


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

Make this a monthly Tax-Deductible gift.

As we aggressively fight at the UN, ICC, and in court to stop funding Israel’s enemies, we urgently need your support. Have your gift DOUBLED. 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
Middle East

Biden Administration Covering Up Palestinian Terror Support?

By Jordan Sekulow1626377376477

In a new State Department report to Congress, the Biden Administration deleted an entire section on Palestinian terror and the support for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The question is why? Is it an effort to go around the Taylor Force Act to be able to restart funding for...

read more

Biden Considers Lifting Sanctions on Ayatollah to Get Nuke Deal

By Jay Sekulow1624913390479

The Biden Administration is reportedly considering lifting sanctions on Iran’s Supreme Leader – Ayatollah Ali Khamenei – to move forward on the disastrous Iran Nuclear Deal (also known as the JCPOA). We’ve warned you how dangerous the Iran Nuclear Deal is and the consequences if we re enter this...

read more

Iran Elects a Mass Murderer as Their Next President

By Jordan Sekulow1624307509734

Over the weekend, Iran elected a new president who will take office in August – Ebrahim Raisi. The United States has had an individual sanction on Raisi for the past two years for his close ties to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Raisi is responsible for killing thousands of Iran’s innocent...

read more

Dangers and Challenges of Reviving the Iran Nuclear Deal EXPOSED

By Wesley Smith1624280340000

Last Saturday the multinational talks on reviving the JCPOA (Iran Nuclear Deal) began again in Vienna. The remaining signatories of the flawed agreement (Iran, Russia, China, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the European Union (EU)) are meeting together, while the United States...

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 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.