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house Bill H.R. 1164

Should the Palestinian Authority Not Get Foreign Aid Unless it Stops Paying Rewards to Terrorists?

Argument in favor

The U.S. shouldn’t be providing foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority when the organization is paying monetary rewards to terrorists and their surviving family members. This bill ends that.

Tracie's Opinion
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05/09/2017
Taylor Force was an exceptional human being who's life was cut short from a senseless preventable act of violence. I believe the 22 yr old Palestinian man that viciously attacked and stabbed Taylor would have not done so if he was not encouraged with the incentive of being a martyr and hero and guaranteed monetary support from The Palestinian Authority for his family for life just for killing not only Israelis but ANYONE legally visiting Israel. This is outrageous that the U.S. provides funding to Palestinian and doesn't require them to abolish this incentive to kill! We should penalize them for every senseless killing and take funds away to stop this law they have enacted of rewarding terrorism!! Taylors life needs to stand for something! He gave the world his best. He was a 28 year old graduate of West Point, third generation Eagle Scout, combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. Please pass the Taylor Force Act which targets 'pay-for-slay' to make Tyler's life successes & ultimate sacrifice count.
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Mark's Opinion
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12/02/2017
This is a no brainer people...people who say Israel is just as bad don’t have any idea what they talking about..Israel is and has always retaliated and or protected its self just for the right to live..and exist.... with Terrorist living next door..wake up people
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Poli.Sci's Opinion
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12/02/2017
The Palestinian Authority is a State sponsor of terrorism when it gives monetary support to terrorists. That being said, why would we give any kind of foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority in the first place. They are constantly at logger heads with Israel, our strongest ally in the Middle East. Seriously, the government should be stepping away from any support from the Palestinian Authority and throw all the support we have behind Israel. Israel has treated us with nothing but respect and when the US government gives foreign aid to the PA, we slap Israel in the face. No support to the PA, period.
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Argument opposed

The U.S. needs to provide aid to the Palestinian Authority even if the State Department can’t certify that they’re taking steps to end violence against Israelis and paying terrorists.

Ruth's Opinion
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12/02/2017
The goal is to create peace in the Middle East. Removing aid will only make people more desperate and willing to resort to violence to survive. Removing aid will not stop the violence between Palestine and Israel. If you want to remove weapons from the situation to move towards peace, you have to remove them from both sides of the conflict.
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Alexander's Opinion
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12/02/2017
US policy is only one sided in favor of Israel and the extremist right wingers like Netanyahu and the religious fanatics who do not want a two state solution and peace. There is no balance in the US approach.
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Tanya's Opinion
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12/02/2017
Unless we end aid to Israel, we should not end aid to Palestine.
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What is House Bill H.R. 1164?

This bill — known as the Taylor Force Act — would prohibit foreign aid from being made available to the West Bank and Gaza unless the State Dept. certifies that the Palestinian Authority (PA) is taking steps to end violence and terrorism against Israeli citizens committed by individuals under its jurisdiction. The State Dept. would also have to certify that the PA has terminated payments for acts of terrorism against Israeli citizens to any individual convicted and imprisoned for such acts, to any individual who died committing such acts, and to the individual’s family members. It would also have to certify that laws or systems using the length of the prison sentences for terrorism to determine compensation are eliminated.

The bill would also urge the State Dept. and the U.S. delegation to the U.N. to encourage other countries to also call for an end to these payments. Further, it expresses support for the creation of a general welfare system for Palestinians.

This bill is named after Taylor Force, a 29 year old former U.S. Army officer who was part of a Vanderbilt University tour group visiting Israel when he was stabbed and killed by a Palestinian terrorist in March 2016. Another 10 tourists were wounded. The PA’s Fatah faction, of which Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is a member, praised the terrorist as being a “heroic martyr” and hasn’t condemned the attack.

Impact

The Palestinian Authority; and the State Department.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1164

The CBO estimates that enacting this bill would cost less than $500,000 over the 2018-2022 period.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) introduced this bill to cut off funding to the Palestinian Authority if it continues to pay monetary rewards to terrorists and their surviving family members:

“This legislation is named for U.S. Army veteran Taylor Force, who was brutally murdered by a Palestinian terrorist during a educational tour in Israel. It is absolutely unacceptable that the United States continues to give foreign aid to an entity that rewards terrorist acts in Israel. I am pleased to support this legislation that holds the Palestinian Authority accountable and exercises our Constitutional power of the purse. With this bill, we send a strong message to the Palestinian authority, you cannot encourage acts of terrorism against Israeli citizens or the United States and not expect consequences for these abhorrent practices.”

The State Department announced on September 14 that the administration “strongly supports” this legislation, which it called “a consequence of Palestinian Authority and Palestine Liberation Organization’s policy of paying terrorists and their families.” It added that President Donald Trump has raised this issue with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during meetings in Washington and Bethlehem.

The chief representative of the Palestinian General Delegation to the U.S. called this legislation “misinformed and counterproductive” and described the PA’s program as intended “to support families who lost their breadwinners to the atrocities of the occupation, the vast majority of whom are unduly arrested or killed by Israel.”

This bill passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee on a voice vote and has the support of 161 cosponsors, including 153 Republicans and eight Democrats. This legislation's companion in the Senate passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on a 17-4 vote. It has the support of 25 bipartisan cosponsors, including 17 Republicans and eight Democrats.


Of Note: The PA has a system that incentivizes terrorism by paying monthly stipends of as much as $3,500 to Palestinians who commit acts of violence and to their families. The payment amount depends on the length of the jail sentence they receive for the crime.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: chetanyarobinson / Flickr)

AKA

Taylor Force Act

Official Title

To condition assistance to the West Bank and Gaza on steps by the Palestinian Authority to end violence and terrorism against Israeli citizens.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed December 5th, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedFebruary 16th, 2017

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    Taylor Force was an exceptional human being who's life was cut short from a senseless preventable act of violence. I believe the 22 yr old Palestinian man that viciously attacked and stabbed Taylor would have not done so if he was not encouraged with the incentive of being a martyr and hero and guaranteed monetary support from The Palestinian Authority for his family for life just for killing not only Israelis but ANYONE legally visiting Israel. This is outrageous that the U.S. provides funding to Palestinian and doesn't require them to abolish this incentive to kill! We should penalize them for every senseless killing and take funds away to stop this law they have enacted of rewarding terrorism!! Taylors life needs to stand for something! He gave the world his best. He was a 28 year old graduate of West Point, third generation Eagle Scout, combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. Please pass the Taylor Force Act which targets 'pay-for-slay' to make Tyler's life successes & ultimate sacrifice count.
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    The goal is to create peace in the Middle East. Removing aid will only make people more desperate and willing to resort to violence to survive. Removing aid will not stop the violence between Palestine and Israel. If you want to remove weapons from the situation to move towards peace, you have to remove them from both sides of the conflict.
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    US policy is only one sided in favor of Israel and the extremist right wingers like Netanyahu and the religious fanatics who do not want a two state solution and peace. There is no balance in the US approach.
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    Unless we end aid to Israel, we should not end aid to Palestine.
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    This is a no brainer people...people who say Israel is just as bad don’t have any idea what they talking about..Israel is and has always retaliated and or protected its self just for the right to live..and exist.... with Terrorist living next door..wake up people
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    The Palestinian Authority is a State sponsor of terrorism when it gives monetary support to terrorists. That being said, why would we give any kind of foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority in the first place. They are constantly at logger heads with Israel, our strongest ally in the Middle East. Seriously, the government should be stepping away from any support from the Palestinian Authority and throw all the support we have behind Israel. Israel has treated us with nothing but respect and when the US government gives foreign aid to the PA, we slap Israel in the face. No support to the PA, period.
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    I STAND WITH ISRAEL 🇮🇱
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    Our country needs to stop funding terrorist groups and countries!!!
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    This is an apartheid state that we’re talking about here. The reason why we’re seeing all these atrocities occurring in this region of the world is because is Israel is occupying the Palestinian Territories. If we want these acts of violence to stop then Israel needs to end the occupation. Also, the Palestinian Territories are one of the most impoverished regions in the world and we’re talking about taking away their foreign aid? That is madness!
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    If our politicians provide funds to countries that sponsor, or even permit, terrorist organizations then they’re talking out of both sides of their mouths.
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    I do not believe in supplying payment or any other kind of assistance to the Palestinian Authority or any other entity that rewards the perpetrators of terrorism.
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    It should not get aid, period.
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    Any state that sponsors terrorism should have its US funding immediately cut.
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    Why reward someone for paying our enemies? How moronic can someone (congressmen and senators) get!?!
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    NO one, individual or corporation or government should get ANY kind of help from us as long as they support terrorists! This should be a no brainer. If we support them, we are, in fact, supporting terrorism! One cannot eat at a restaurant owned by the mafia and not support organized crime ... no matter how good the calamari is!
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    The Palestinian Authority should not be receiving any foreign aid period.
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    The Palestinian people have been occupied by the Israeli government for long enough. Their treatment is comparable to that of blacks in South Africa during the rein of Apartheid. The Palestinians should be given foreign aid to assert themselves against the Israeli government, so they can finally get the freedom that belongs to them.
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    Why should we support them if they support they support terrorist
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    Seems like a reasonable condition, broadly applicable across the spectrum of US foreign aid.
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    The PLO wrote the book on terrorism. Remember Munich 1972? That was the beginning. NO
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