The Republican-led House easily approved legislation named the ‘Taylor Force Act’ that would restrict financial aid that directly benefits the Palestinian Authority until it takes credible steps to end what lawmakers say is a practice of rewarding Palestinian terrorists who murder innocent Americans and Israelis.
AP The US House of Representatives voted yesterday to reduce the annual $300 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority “unless it take steps to stop making what lawmakers described as payments that reward violent crime.”
The Taylor Force bill is named for Taylor Force, an MBA student at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee and a West Point graduate who was visiting Israel in March 2016 when he was stabbed to death by a Palestinian. Force was from Lubbock, Texas, and served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The legislation, which passed by voice vote, reflects bipartisan outrage over what members of Congress have called a “pay to slay” program endorsed by the Palestinian Authority. The measure is intended to stop the Palestinians from paying stipends to the families of Palestinians killed or jailed by the Israeli occupation authorities.
Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., the House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman, said the program “incentivizes terrorism.””This perverse pay-to-slay system uses a sliding scale: the longer the jail sentence, the greater the reward,” Royce said. “The highest payments go to those serving life sentences – to those who prove most brutal.”
According to Reuters, “to become law, the measure must also be passed by the US Senate and signed by President Donald Trump. Similar legislation has been passed by two Senate committees.