Graduates from West Point lobbied senators on Capitol Hill on behalf of their slain classmate and fellow soldier, Taylor Force, Fox News reported.
“Our mission is to make sure people are aware of the Taylor Force Act. It’s addressing the ‘pay for slay.’ The Palestinians have a reward program for terrorism committed in Israel and Taylor was a victim,” said Taylor’s father, Stuart, who was also on the Hill lobbying along with other family members.
Taylor Force, from Lubbock , Texxas, graduated from West Point in 2009 and was a field
artillery officer in the U.S. army until 2014. He served in Afghanistan and Iraq. While in an MBA student at Vanderbuilt University, Force traveled to Israel on a school trip to study global entrepreneurship.
While walking in an upscale neighborhood in Jaffa (located next to Tel Aviv), he was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist. The 22-year old terrorist who murdered Force was killed by Israeli security personnel. His family now receives a monthly stipend from the Palestinian Authority.
Using aid money from the United States, among other donated funds, the Palestinian Authority regularly pays terrorists and their families monthly salaries to reward their murderous activities.
The Taylor Force Act, which enjoys bi-partisan support, aims to withhold funds to the Palestinian Authority until they stop these payments as well as the incessant incitement on their media outlets.
Despite the looming prospect of diminishment of funds for his people, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has vowed to continue the payments. As documented by Palestinian Media Watch (PalWatch.org), Abbas stated, “Even if I will have to leave my position, I will not compromise on the salary (rawatib) of a martyr (shahid) or a prisoner, as I am the president of the entire Palestinian people, including the prisoners, the martyrs, the injured, the expelled and the uprooted.”
PalWatch.org notes that based on the 2016 PA budget, the PA pays 6,500 imprisoned terrorists a total of $135 million per year and 26,800 families of terrorists who were killed $183 million per year.
The U.S. gave $357 million to the Palestinian Authority in 2016. In addition, the U.S. contributed $355 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNWRA), making total U.S. aid to the Palestinians in 2016 $712 million.
“The American public needs to be aware of what’s going on,” said Taylor’s mother Robbi, who participated in the lobbying effort.