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House Passes Bill Targeting Palestinian Funding For Killers Of Israelis

06 Décembre 2017

The 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.

The Taylor Force Act legislation, meanwhile, does not call for a total cutoff of USA aid to the Palestinian Authority, but rather would freeze financial assistance provided by the US - aside from aid allotted for security cooperation and some humanitarian relief - until the PA has ended the practice of terror payments and taken "credible steps" to end violence against American and Israeli citizens.

In total, the PA has paid terrorists and their families $355 million in 2017.

The sponsors of the act in the House gave a fulsome welcome to its passage, one month after the legislation was approved by the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Speaking on the House floor prior to the vote, Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, stated that the bill was being passed "in the name of one fearless American, Taylor Force, to honor the memories of all victims and, importantly, help prevent future victims".

The bill would have to clear the US Senate and be signed by President Donald Trump in order to become law.

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Jewish and pro-Israel groups applauded the act's passage.

The legislation reflects outrage over what members of Congress have called a "pay to slay" program endorsed by the Palestinian Authority.

"Those who enable, inspire, or incite, will also pay a price", Block said. "The House has taken a crucial step towards ending the PA's intentional misuse of foreign assistance to financially reward Palestinian terrorists and their families".

The bill is expected to pass the Senate.

Some of the act's supporters expressed concern that its potential impact has been watered down by the deliberations in congressional committees, with the result that certain infrastructure projects in the PA are exempted, along with a "sunset clause" in the House version of the bill which would require the act to be renewed in six years time.

The Trump administration has yet to endorse this specific bill. Royce says stopping that practice - courtesy of $300 million US tax dollars every year - is what's behind the Taylor Force Act.

House Passes Bill Targeting Palestinian Funding For Killers Of Israelis