US House Committee on Foreign Affairs in session, pictured in the center is Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA,) the co-chair of the committee [Image Source: Africa Regional Media Hub]

This past Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously approved the Taylor Force Act. This means that the bill or new piece of legislature is one step further along to becoming the law in the United States. If the bill is passed in the Senate and becomes law, the bill would reduce U.S. payments to the PA if it continues to pay subsidies to the families of Arabs jailed for or killed in attacks on Israelis.

Leaders of the Arab residents in Israel, such as Mahmoud Abbas, call terrorists and Arabs that perpetrate attacks against Jews, “martyrs.” These Arab “martyrs’ “ families can be paid a monthly salary by the PA of up to $3,500 – yes – 3,500 US dollars (over 5x the median household income in the PA). The PA currently spends more than $300 million of foreign aid money per year on monthly stipends to terrorists and their families — dubbed by many as “pay to slay.” The international community has repeatedly tried to convince and to pressure Abbas to reverse this tool of incitement which only fuels the hate, motivation and terrorist acts against Israelis and anyone living in Israel.

One of the victims of Arab terrorism was a young and brave American named Taylor Force. In 2016, during the Arab “knife-intifada,” a knife-wielding Arab assailant brutally attacked and stabbed the 29 year old Taylor to death while he and his friends from Vanderbilt University (United States) were eating dinner in Jaffa, Israel.

In the aftermath of the attack, the terrorist was shot and killed and his body was returned to his family by the Israeli authorities. “The celebrations began,” Stuart Force, Taylor’s father said at a recent pro-Israel Algemeiner Gala. “His family immediately qualified for a monthly stipend of up to $3,500 from the Palestinian Authority.”

Michal Salomon, the brave survivor of the brutal and horrific Halamish massacre that claimed the lives of her husband and in-laws in July, visited Washington, DC this past Tuesday in a gesture of support for the legislation the Taylor Force Act, The Algameiner reported.

“I feel a connection to Taylor Force, and to each and every one who is part of this family of terror victims,” Salomon reflected. “Taylor Force’s murderer is getting money just like my husband’s murderer is getting money.”

Among those Salomon met with were US President Donald Trump’s Middle East envoy, Jason Greenblatt, and Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA,) the co-chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Regarding the recent win for supporters of the Taylor Force Act, Rep. Ed Royce said, “with this legislation, we are forcing the P.A. to choose between U.S. assistance and these morally reprehensible policies, and I am pleased to see this measure move forward in both chambers with so much support.”

All of here at Lev Haolam hope that the bill passes all the next phases that are necessary for it to become law. Thank you to Ed Royce and all who have taken up the fight of stopping Arab incitement against Jews living in Israel.