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Republicans Re-Introduce Bill to Strip US Aid to Palestinians

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Sen. Marco Rubio (AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 01 Mar 2017 05:05 PM

Sen. Marco Rubio and 10 other Republican lawmakers re-introduced legislation Wednesday to strip U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority due to its support of terrorism.

"It's unacceptable that our taxpayer dollars are still being used by the Palestinian Authority to pay terrorists who have Israeli and American blood on their hands, and to brainwash young Palestinians to hate Israel and the Jewish people," the two-term Florida senator said. "The U.S. should condition assistance to the Palestinian Authority on it stopping these despicable practices."

The bill, known as the Taylor Force Act, could affect as much as $300 million in aid to the Palestinians, according to news reports.

It was named after a U.S. Army veteran who was part of a Vanderbilt University tour group visiting Israel in 2016 and was brutally stabbed and killed by a Palestinian terrorist. Eleven others were injured.

Force, 28, was a West Point graduate and an MBA student at Vanderbilt. The group was in Israel studying entrepreneurship.

Vice President Joe Biden was meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres in Tel Aviv when the attack occurred.

Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction praised the terrorist, who was shot dead by police, as a "heroic martyr" — and Palestinian officials have not condemned the assault.

Members of Hamas and the Islamic Jihadist Movement in Palestine also lauded the attack.

The legislation was first introduced into Congress last year. Republicans believe that President Donald Trump will signed the legislation if it passes Congress.

Besides Rubio, other Republicans co-sponsoring the bill included Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, South Carolina; Roy Blunt, Missouri; Tom Cotton and John Boozman, Arkansas; Ted Cruz, Texas; Richard Burr, North Carolina; and John Thune, South Dakota.

In the House, similar legislation was sponsored by Reps. Doug Lamborn, Colorado, and Lee Zeldin, New York.

"This legislation shines a light on a very real problem," Graham said. "Why is the Palestinian Authority paying young Palestinians to commit acts of terror against innocent Americans like Taylor Force or Israelis?

"The Palestinians need to decide: Do they condemn these horrible acts or do they reward them?

"You can’t be a partner in peace when you are paying people to commit terrorist acts," he said. "The choice the Palestinians make will determine the type of relationship they have with the United States in the years to come."

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