Since September of 2015, the beginning of the so-called “stabbing intifada,” Palestinian terrorists have murdered more than 50 innocent people and wounded hundreds more.
The media often describes these terrorists as "lone wolves" completely disconnected from Mahmoud Abbas and his Palestinian Authority (PA). But the fact is that the Palestinian Authority makes generous lifetime payments to every Palestinian imprisoned for killing Israelis. And if the terrorist dies during his attack, his family receives these payments. This financial support for terrorism is actually required under legislation passed by the Palestinian legislature.
The United States provides the PA with approximately $300 million in aid each year. The PA makes approximately $300 million in payments to terrorists and their families every year. There is no way around this troubling reality: our taxpayer dollars are being used to fund terrorism. This must end!
Sen. Lindsey Graham re-introduced a critical piece of legislation -- The Taylor Force Act. Representatives Lamborn and Zeldin introduced similar legislation in the House of Representatives. This bill requires that we cut all U.S. aid to the PA until it stops funding terrorism.
This bill is named after Taylor Force, a West Point graduate who survived tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan only to be murdered in Israel by a Palestinian terrorist.
Today we ask you to stand up for Taylor Force. We ask you to stand up for Israel. And we ask you to take a stand against terrorism.
In his eulogy recently for Israeli statesman Shimon Peres, President Obama spoke of the “unfinished business” of Israeli-Palestinian peace. Now he or Donald Trump have an opportunity to advance the cause—by backing legislation to stop the flow of U.S. tax dollars to Palestinian terrorists.
Since the 1990s, as the U.S. and other countries have sent billions of dollars in aid to the Palestinians, Palestinian leaders have paid hundreds of millions of dollars in rewards to those who carry out bombings, stabbings and other attacks in Israel. These payments, codified in Palestinian law, are an official incentive program for murder that in any other context would be recognized as state sponsorship of terror. But the U.S. and other Western states have looked the other way while continuing to send aid, giving Palestinian leaders no incentive to stop.- Read more
The PA maintains longstanding legislation and payments to subsidize terrorists and their families. This amounts to an officially sanctioned PA government incentive system to kill Israelis. When I learned of this in November 2015, I was quite shocked. I proceeded to raise the issue with organized American Jewish community leaders and Israeli policymakers, and was told “everybody knows.” Disconcerted by my own lack of knowledge, I canvassed numerous American political leaders who, without exception, were unaware of the PA legislation/budget. The few leaders who were aware that the PA directly pays terrorists thought that the funding was only $5-$6 million; they were shocked to learn that according to the official PA budget online, it is $300 million for 2016.- Read more
Mar 8, 2016 - Taylor Force, 29, of Lubbock, Texas, a graduate student at Vanderbilt University, was killed in a stabbing attack near the Jaffa port.
On Tuesday evening, a terrorist embarked on a stabbing attack at passersby at the entrance to Jaffa Port, just south of Tel Aviv. He proceeded along the Tel Aviv beach promenade, wounding 10 before he was killed by police. Taylor Force, a student at Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management in Nashville, Tennessee, was visiting Israel on a school-sponsored trip as part of an elective course that focused on global entrepreneurship to see the country's growing startup scene. He was fatally wounded and died en route to hospital. Shortly after Lubbock native Taylor Force was fatally stabbed, 26-year-old Israeli Yishay Montgomery smashed his guitar on the terrorist's head. Born and raised in Israel, Yishay's grandparents and father were born in Lubbock.
Force, a Lubbock, Texas native, went to high school at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell and was an Eagle Scout. At West Point Military Academy, he was a member of the ski team and received a bachelor's degree in engineering and industrial management, graduating in 2009. He served with the U.S. Army in Iraq and Afghanistan - Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn (Iraq), and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) - from September 2010 until July 2013.
Force had traveled extensively through Europe after leaving the military. He enrolled last fall in Vanderbilt University's MBA program. He chose Vanderbilt because of its support for veterans, the diversity of students and the quality of education. "In addition to learning the skills needed to be successful in business, I want to establish life-long connections and friendships with my fellow students from the U.S. and around the globe," he said. He was a student leader who commanded attention in classes not because he spoke often, but because he chose his words carefully, a friend said.
He loved listening to country and bluegrass music, and liked taking advantage of the live music venues a few minutes away from his apartment. He lived in Lexington, Ky., before moving to Middle Tennessee and made regular trips back to visit "Quick Dash Flash," a racehorse he bought after leaving the Army.
"Taylor embarked on this trip to expand his understanding of global entrepreneurship and also to share his insights and knowledge with start-ups in Israel," according to a Vanderbilt University statement. "He exemplified the spirit of discovery, learning and service that is the hallmark of our wonderful Owen community. This horrific act of violence has robbed our Vanderbilt family of a young hopeful life and all of the bright promise that he held for bettering our greater world."
Taylor Force's body was flown home for burial in his home town of Lubbock, Texas. He is survived by his parents, Stuart and Robbi Force, and his sister Kristen Ann Force.
Jun 30, 2016 - Hallel Yaffa Ariel, a 13 year old U.S. citizen of Kiriat Arba, was murdered in her bed when a 17-year-old Palestinian terrorist infiltrated her home and stabbed her to death.
Hallel had attended a dance recital in Jerusalem the previous evening and had returned home late, which was why she was still in bed when the attacker infiltrated her house. She was in the 8th grade and attended the middle school in Kiryat Arba, and is survived by her parents and two younger sisters—Shira, 10, and Kanna, Hallel was laid to rest in the Hebron cemetery on Thursday afternoon, June 30 2016.