A particular law prohibits the United States government from giving any taxpayer dollars to the Palestinian Authority until it takes proactive and verifiable steps to cease and discourage support for Palestinian terrorism against Israel and others, including the U.S.
A lawsuit has been filed that accuses President Joe Biden’s administration of having blatantly ignored that particular law to instead give potentially up to $1 billion in aid to the Palestinian people’s territorial government over the past two years, the Conservative Brief reported.
That lawsuit, filed by the former President Donald Trump-affiliated America First Legal group, simply aims to require the Biden administration to operate within the constraints of the existing law and to refrain from giving any additional taxpayer dollars to the Palestinian Authority unless or until the anti-terrorism conditions of that law are met.
Law prohibits taxpayer funding to Palestinian Authority
At issue here, according to Fox News, is what is known as the Taylor Force Act, a bipartisan measure passed by Congress and signed into law by then-President Trump in 2018, which is named after a U.S. Army veteran who was killed in a 2016 Palestinian terror attack in Israel.
That law expressly prohibits any U.S. taxpayer-funded economic aid to the Palestinian Authority unless or until it can be certified by the U.S. secretary of State that the Palestinian government has ceased its encouragement and support of terrorism, especially the so-called “pay to slay” bounty payments it gives to the families of dead or imprisoned Palestinian terrorists.
Fox News pointed out that the Biden administration’s State Department on two separate occasions, in March 2021 and October 2022, notified Congress that it was unable to certify or verify that the Palestinian Authority had stopped encouraging and funding terrorism.
Yet, per media reports, various admissions, and even a State Department “fact sheet” issued in March 2022, at least a half billion in U.S. taxpayer dollars — if not upwards of $1 billion — have continued to flow in aid to the Palestinian Authority since Biden took office in an apparent violation of the Taylor Force Act’s requirements.
Biden giving taxpayer dollars to “directly benefit the corrupt Palestinian Authority”
America First Legal announced its lawsuit against the Biden administration in late December 2022 and revealed that the plaintiffs included Taylor Force’s parents, Stuart and Robbi, along with Sarri Singer, a survivor of a 2003 Palestinian bombing attack, as well as Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX).
“Our lawsuit seeks to stop President Biden from violating the Taylor Force Act and illegally subsidizing terrorism against Americans who visit or live in Israel,” AFL President Stephen Miller said. “The Taylor Force Act is named after Taylor Force, a West Point graduate and U.S. Army veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan who was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist, and it prohibits the government from using U.S. taxpayer dollars to directly benefit the corrupt Palestinian Authority.”
“Nevertheless, since January 2021, the Biden Administration has used over a billion U.S. taxpayer dollars for this illegal purpose,” he added.
Rep. Jackson said in a statement, “Joe Biden is breaking the law by allowing our tax dollars to fund terrorism in Israel, and he must be stopped. I have deep respect for my fellow plaintiffs who have been tragically and directly impacted by Pay to Slay, and I am proud to be on the same team as we hold this failed administration accountable.”
Force’s parents also issued a statement that said, “The Taylor Force Act was passed as the result of bipartisan efforts in both houses of Congress, and the overwhelming support of individuals and groups that understood that terrorism should never be rewarded. President Biden and Secretary of State Blinken are dishonoring the memory and legacy of a good man and ignoring the citizens of the United States who understand that taxpayer dollars should not be used to fund the killing of innocent civilians.”
Lawsuit filed in Texas federal court
The 22-page lawsuit, which names President Biden and Secretary Blinken as the defendants, was filed on Dec. 20 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Amarillo, and it lays out the various known facts and allegations with regard to the Biden administration’s efforts to circumvent that law in question and provide U.S. taxpayer funding to the terrorism-supporting Palestinian Authority.
“The administration may say the funding is benefiting the Palestinian people, but this money for aid frees up the Palestinian Authority — if it doesn’t spend money on basic government functions like cleaning up garbage — to spend on other things. Money is fungible,” Reed Rubenstein, AFL’s director of oversight, said in a statement to Fox News. “It turns out, if you increase funding for violence, you will get an increase in violence.”