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House approves legislation to suspend U.S. aid to Palestinians

06 December 2017

Demanding from the Palestinian Authority (PA) to stop financial stipends to families of Palestinian prisoners and those killed in action, the US House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to reduce annual US aid to the PA.

"The Palestinian system of so-called martyr payments are downright disgusting", Engel said. If passed in the Senate and signed by President Trump, no money from the USA government will make its way to the Palestinian Authority until it ends the practice of paying stipends to families of those who carry out violent attacks on Israelis. As if his senseless death was not hard enough to accept, the family of the terrorist who committed this heinous murder was rewarded by the Palestinian Authority with a pension for life, amounting to three times the average yearly salary in that region. "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".

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US President Donald Trump has not yet indicated whether he would sign the bill into law, though a White House official told The Times of Israel in July that the president supports its principal objective. The legislation reflects outrage over what members of Congress have called a "pay to slay" program endorsed by the Palestinian Authority.

The House on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved legislation that would cut off US taxpayer aid to the de facto Palestinian government if it continues to aid terrorists.

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According to a recent Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs report, the PA allocated $344,313,451 for payments to Palestinian inmates in Israeli prisons, their families, and to the families of deceased terrorists in 2017. Because foreign aid to alleviate poverty and debt in the West Bank is fungible, American taxpayer dollars, averaging $335 million per year, free funds for martyrdom operations or may directly subsidize them.

The Palestinian Authority claims USA lawmakers are misinformed, saying its payment program supports families who "lose their breadwinners during Israel's occupation" of Judea and Samaria.

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House approves legislation to suspend U.S. aid to Palestinians