From the desk of Mat Staver
In spite of U.S. law being perfectly clear that our tax dollars are not to be used to fund Palestinian terror, the U.S. State Department is ignoring the Taylor Force Act.
The State Department has failed within the specified time to certify to Congress that the Palestinian Authority is taking “credible steps to end acts of violence” against Israelis and Americans like Taylor Force.
A West Point graduate who served in Iraq, Force was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist in 2016. Police killed the assailant, but his family now gets monthly checks from the Palestinian Authority under its reprehensible “pay to slay” policy.
Passed March 23, the Taylor Force Act is designed to put an end to this practice. The measure requires the State Department to investigate and confirm to Congress that the Palestinian Authority
• Has “revoked any law, decree, regulation, or document” authorizing pay to slay payments
• Is “publicly condemning such acts of violence and are taking steps to investigate” them
The Taylor Force Act contains three specific deadlines regarding the continuation of funding for the Palestinian Authority (PA) that the State Department has now missed. The latest deadline gave the State Department 60 days to tell Congress which Palestinian aid programs will be “suspended by reason of withholding of funds.”
Like the others, this deadline came and went on May 22 without State Department action.
+ + Lawmakers call out the State Department
In response to State’s failure, a coalition of fourteen members of Congress have now sent a letter to the newly-installed Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, urging him to “immediately suspend all aid payments to the Palestinian Authority.” The lawmakers also called on Pompeo
Today, Christians in Defense of Israel is calling for the U.S. State Department to FULLY DEFUND the Palestinians until there is a verifiable end to payments to terrorists and the Palestinian Authority agrees to condemn Palestinian terror attacks on Israelis.
+ + Palestinian leadership brazenly doubles down
Even before the Taylor Force Act became law, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas rejected U.S. calls to stop funding terrorists who murder and maim Israelis and Americans.
“There is something that the Americans are telling us to stop—the salaries of the martyrs and the martyrs’ families,” Abbas stated in January. “Of course we categorically reject this.”
Then, just after the Taylor Force Act became law on March 23, the Palestinian Authority set aside $355 million in its 2018 budget to reward terrorists and their families. Incredibly, the PA is set to spend about 44 percent of the foreign aid it receives on its so-called “martyrs fund,” according to Palestinian Media Watch.
+ + Make your voice heard now!
Click here to tell the State Department to FULLY DEFUND the Palestinians until there is a verifiable halt to payments to terrorists and the Palestinian Authority condemns terror attacks against Israelis.
Please act now. Your petition will be delivered to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the White House, and key members of Congress.
Thank you for joining with us!
Mat Staver, President
Christians in Defense of Israel