| Trump signs into law bill slashing PA funds over jihad terrorist stipends
| Saturday, March 24, 2018
|ihad Wattch : Common sense. But watch the lovers of death rage.
“Trump signs into law bill slashing PA funds over terrorist stipends,” by Eric Cortellessa, Times of Israel, March 23, 2018:
WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump signed into law on
Friday legislation that cuts some aid to the Palestinians until they
end stipends to terrorists and the families of slain attackers, as he
approved a massive $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill.
The Taylor Force Act, which was named after a former US army officer
who was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist while visiting Tel
Aviv, was included in the legislative package. The law will halt US funding to the Palestinian Authority until
Ramallah stops issuing such payments. But it includes three exceptions,
allowing for US funding to Palestinian water and childhood vaccination
programs, as well as to East Jerusalem hospitals. On Friday morning, Trump tweeted that he was “considering” vetoing
the budget bill, since it didn’t include full funding for the US-Mexico
border wall, but he then orchestrated a news conference announcing he
would sign it.
Up until Friday, Trump had not yet explicitly stated whether he would
sign the Taylor Force bill into law, though a White House official told
The Times of Israel in July that the president supports its principal
objective. One of the Taylor Force Act’s authors, Sen. Lindsey Graham, a
Republican from South Carolina, thanked the family and friends of Taylor
Force, who lobbied Congress to pass the bill and include in the
omnibus. “I truly appreciate the hard work of the Force family and the many
friends of Taylor Force who made it clear to Congress the practice of
#PaytoSlay must be stopped,” he tweeted, hours before Trump signed it
The Palestinian Authority of President Mahmoud Abbas condemned it and
vowed to continue paying families of “martyrs and prisoners.” Yusef al Mahmoud, spokesperson for the PA government in Ramallah,
said that the US should instead have called for “ending the occupation
and suffering of the Palestinian people.” Congress, he added, should also make aid to Israel conditional on
“ending its occupation and settlements because it’s the occupation that
is responsible for killing our people and throwing them into prison.”
The spokesperson said that the “martyrs and prisoners are, in the
eyes of our people, sacred symbols of freedom and struggle and
opposition to humiliation and surrender.” Senator Bob Corker, one of the bill’s main sponsors, has said the
Palestinian Authority has created monetary incentives for acts of
terrorism by paying monthly stipends of as much as $3,500 to
Palestinians who commit acts of violence and to their families.
The amount of the payment depends on the length of the jail sentence they receive for the crime, he said.
|posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 11:16 AM