Lesser-informed Americans might be shocked to find out that their tax dollars fund Palestinian terrorists, though that has been going on for years. But The Times of Israel just published exactly how much the Palestinian Authority is doling out to its paid murderers.
“The Palestinian Authority’s 2017 budget for payments to inmates in Israeli prisons and so-called ‘families of martyrs’ is equal in sum to about half of the foreign aid for budget support that Ramallah expects to receive this year,” the report states.
Convicted terrorists in prison will receive a total of $153.4 million and the so-called martyrs’ families will receive $190.8 million. The report adds, “The families are defined as those with members who were ‘killed or wounded in the struggle against Zionism,’ including those killed while committing attacks against Israelis, or in any other context by an Israeli.”
So, that’s over $344 million being paid to terrorists and their families. Now get this: In 2016, the U.S. sent Palestine $486 million — plenty to cover the terrorist payments. However, the PA insists only $75 million of that amount was used for its “budget.”
It’s no wonder why Palestinians continue to attack Jews in Israel. Besides being commanded to by their holy book, they are also monetarily incentivized to do so. One recent attack occurred in an Israeli supermarket. A 19-year-old Palestinian employee turned on his Jewish co-worker and injured the 43-year-old in a stabbing. Surveillance footage captured the surprise attack:
Not only will this terrorist be praised as a hero of "Palestine," he will receive compensation for his act thanks in part to your hard-earned dollars.
That’s why Sen. Lindsey Graham has proposed a new bill called the Taylor Force Act aimed at stopping these payments. Last year, military veteran and Vanderbilt University student Taylor Force, 29, was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist in Tel Aviv while on a school trip.
As TruthRevolt previously reported, “Force was visiting a boardwalk near a beach in the Jaffa area when Bashar Masalha, 22, from the West Bank, stabbed him. Masalha fled the scene on foot and began to randomly stab passersby and motorists.” This happened to occur while then-Vice President Joe Biden was in town, just a mile away from the murder scene, discussing Middle East peace.
Masalha was shot by Israeli police after the rampage, but again, his family now benefits financially for his act of terrorism. The PA defends its payments, saying the terrorists are “victims of Israeli terrorism.”
Graham hopes the bill will put an end to the U.S. funding of terrorism. However, not a single Democrat supports the Taylor Force Act. Watch Fox News’ coverage below:
And here is the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) speaking about the bill: