US senators have received more than 22,000 emails in the past week asking them to back a recently proposed bill — the Taylor Force Act — that would cut off US funding to the Palestinian Authority if it continues to pay monetary rewards to terrorists and their families, a major Christian group advocating for the legislation said on Monday.
“No American, regardless of political persuasion, should tolerate our tax dollars funding terror,” Pastor John Hagee — the founder and chairman of Christians United for Israel (CUFI) — said in a statement. “This legislation ensures the PA cannot use our money to incentivize murder — it’s that simple.”
CUFI director David Brog added, “The fact that CUFI members have sent over 22,000 emails to the Senate demonstrates how deeply this issue resonates with our membership and beyond. Americans don’t like their tax dollars going to entities that fund terrorism. Now that we know that the PA makes generous cash payments to terrorists, how can we continue to place US dollars in their hands?”
As reported by The Algemeiner, the Taylor Force Act was unveiled two months ago by Republican Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Dan Coats of Indiana and Roy Blunt of Missouri. It was named after the 28-year-old West Point graduate who was murdered in a stabbing attack carried out by a Palestinian terrorist in Tel Aviv in March.
Last month, a House of Representatives companion bill was introduced by Congressman Doug Lamborn of Colorado.
Senator Graham told The Algemeiner in an interview just before the roll-out of the bill that he was “hoping to start a debate that is long overdue.”
“We’ve got to go ahead and put sunlight on this problem,” Graham said. “The PA incentivizes young Palestinians to commit acts of terror…American dollars are going to a government that literally rewards people for killing their neighbors. And until we get that addressed, I don’t think the peace process will ever move forward.”
Speaking with The Algemeiner in mid-September, Senator Coats called the PA’s actions “morally repugnant,” saying they “must be stopped.”
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