A federal lawsuit says the Biden administration sent more than half a billion dollars from U.S. taxpayers to the Palestinian Authority without checking to see if the group was funding terrorism.
Biden sued for allegedly sending economic aid to Palestinian terrorists
AFL, a watchdog organization, filed the lawsuit on behalf of the plaintiffs, who also include Rep. Ronny Jackson of Texas and terrorism victims.
President Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken are named as defendants in the lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas for breaking the Taylor Force Act.
Jackson, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, claimed by allowing American taxpayer money to finance terrorism in Israel, the Biden administration is breaking the law and something must be done to stop it.
"The Biden administration’s embrace of Abbas has led to a massive increase in terrorism. It needs to stop aid to the PA so long as the PA maintains its “pay-to-slay” policy."https://t.co/gFSYAdIUK4
— Dan (@Dan19726) March 9, 2023
The plaintiffs who have been directly impacted by “Pay to Slay” also received respect from Jackson, who said how proud he is to be a part of the group holding the administration responsible.
The Taylor Force Law forbids U.S. economic assistance to the Palestinian Authority until the secretary of state certifies that the organization has stopped funding violent extremism.
Taylor Force was a U.S. Army veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan who was killed by Palestinian terrorists in 2016. In 2018, as part of a comprehensive appropriations bill, President Donald Trump signed the law, which had received bipartisan support in Congress.
Stuart and Robbi Force, the parents of Taylor Force, and Sarri Singer, a survivor of a 2003 suicide bombing in Jerusalem that left 17 people dead, are among the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.
This holds President Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken accountable for the improper handling of more than $500 million in taxpayer money.
Lawsuit alleges Palestinian Authority used American funds for “Pay to Slay”
Qadri Abu Bakr, the PLO Commissioner for Prisoners’ Affairs, allegedly acknowledged paying about $181 million in bounty payments during 2020 back in March 2021.
However, Secretary Blinken announced in May 2021 that more than $360 million in American funding would be given to the Palestinian Authority, primarily through the Economic Support Funds.
The lawsuit also alleges that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas authorized a $42,000 payment to the family of a terrorist who killed two Israelis in June 2021.
“When the Taylor Force Act became active, there was an immediate reduction in suicide terrorism.”
“Biden is disgracing not only the memory of Taylor Force but his family and anyone who treasures his memory.”https://t.co/WN6w23Nw7S
— Dan (@Dan19726) March 10, 2023
In a statement, Taylor Force’s parents charged that President Biden and Secretary of State Blinken betrayed their son’s memory by ignoring Americans who felt that taxpayer money shouldn’t be used to kill innocent civilians.
They are one of the parties suing government officials in the lawsuit. The State Department has not yet offered any comments on the ongoing litigation.
“The U.S. government plans to provide an additional $75 million in economic assistance to the Palestinian people this year,” the department said.
The United States also contributes $45 million to programs that support the security industry, including significant advancements in the rule of law.This article appeared in TheDailyBeat and has been published here with permission.