Congress gave final approval Friday to an act that will actually save U.S. taxpayers some money in the massive $1.3 trillion spending bill. Included as a rider, the Taylor Force Act will cut $300 million in financial aid to the Palestinian Authority until they end lifetime payments for terrorist convicts and the families of slain attackers who kill Israelis and American civilians.
Times of Israel Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas tweeted that he was proud to have co-sponsored the Taylor Force Act, named for an American killed in a 2016 terror attack in Tel Aviv.
“Passage of the Taylor Force Act is an important step towards finally ending the despicable practice of pay to slay & ensuring accountability in the Palestinian Authority,” Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon tweeted.
CBN Rewards from the ongoing practice, known as “pay to slay,” can go even higher depending on the brutality of the crime.
“If you die as a terrorist, your family gets a lifetime payment and free health care and free education,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, who introduced the bill, told CBN News. “If you go to jail as a terrorist, you get paid while you’re in jail.”
CLARION Taylor Force was a U.S. veteran killed by a Palestinian terrorist while on a university trip in Israel. An officer who had served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Force was stabbed in Tel Aviv in March 2016. His killer was shot and killed at the scene.
The Palestinian Authority is paying a salary to the family of the terrorist who killed Force, as it does to the families of all terrorists killed in action by Israeli forces. Terrorists who are not killed or who are imprisoned receive salaries directly. The longer they are in prison the more money is awarded.
Palestinian leaders have long defended these payouts. “It is the right of all of the prisoners and martyrs who have struggled and sacrificed for Palestine to receive their full salaries from the PA,” Hassan Abd Rabbo, spokesman for the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs has said.
Such payouts make up a significant portion of the Palestinian Authority budget. In 2017, the Palestinian Authority took in an estimated $693 million from international donors, but allocated nearly $345 million to pay terrorists and their families.