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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 13, 2018 PAGE 7A By Alex Tralman who had served tours of duty year in salaries directly to the in Afghanistan and Iraq. Tay- murderers of Jews. (JNS)---The passage of an lor was visiting Israel as part No longer was the P.A. Israeli law to withhold funds ofanentrepreneurialseminar simply guilty of incitement thatthePalestinianAuthority connectedtoanMBAprogramto murder through school uses to pay murderers for kill- at Vanderbilt University when textbooks, television stations, ing Jews is the correction of he was stabbed to death on a social-mediaavenuesandfre- an unconscionable injustice, popularTelAvivpromenadeby quentspeechesbyPalestinian That a democratic country a terrorist from the Palestin- leaders, including P.A. head with a High Court of Justice ian city of Kalqilya. Mahmoud Abbas calling for has allowed itself to transfer The terrorist was killed the blood of Jews; the P.A. funds month after month to by police responding to the was proven to be an official a murder-sponsoring entity attack. To add insult to in- terror-sponsoring entity. withinitsmidstisnotjustbad jury, Palestinians celebrated Worse yet, most of the policy, it is completely illegal Taylor's death, and soon funds utilized to secure its and utterly immoral, afterwards, the terrorist's budget and make the terror Israeli parliamentarians family began receiving large payments came either by way finally awoke to the reality monthly stipends--well in of foreign aid provided by the that the P.A. pays more than excess of average Palestinian United States and others, or $360millionayeartoterror- salaries, through a tariff agreement ists serving prison sentences Severalmonthslater, Sand- with Israel whereby funds in Israeli jails and to the er Gerber, a private New York are collected on behalf of the families of terrorists killed financialexecutiveandformer P.A.atportsofentryandthen while in the act of attempt- board member of AIPAC, passed monthly by Israel to ed murder. The payment reached out to Taylor's par- the Palestinian entity. scheme--on the law books ents, Stuart and Robbi Force. With this information in of the P.A. from as early as Gerber had recently been hand, GerberenlistedTaylor's 2011--bases amounts to made aware of the payment parents in a campaign to each terrorist or family on scheme, and was shocked to educate lawmakers. Together, the severity of the jail term, learn that most Israeli and they demanded that both the with additional incentives American politicians were United States and Israel stop for terrorists holding Israeli clueless that terrorists were sending funds that nowcould identification cards, being paid to kill in accor- be proven were going into the Israel was not the first dance with Palestinian law. hands of murderers. country to legislate against Gerber began a relentless For the United States, the the "pay to slay" practice, campaign to research and issue was simple: The foreign In March, the United States expose the full and precise aid that America provides is passed the Taylor Force Act, nature of the stipend scheme, voluntary and can be with- which prohibits the U.S. What he found--with theheld if it is deemed to not be from sending foreign aid to help of the research and legal serving America's interests. the Palestinian Authority as teams at Palestinian Media For Israel, there were addi- long as the payment scheme Watch was that the scheme tional legal questions, as the remains in place, was more sophisticated than funds are collected by Israel The bill was named after any Israeli politicians had on behalf of the P.A. as part Taylor Force, a 26-year-old ever imagined. Hundreds of of the Oslo Accords. Yet once AmericanWestPointgraduate millions of dollars paid each itwas clearly established that Shown here (l-r): Maurice Hirsch, Sander Gerber, MK Elazar Stern, Marcus, Shai Maimon, R. Avrumi Sieger and Rivka Kidron. Alex Traiman Stuart Force, itamar the sponsorship of terror was the waiver essentially were Committee, astrongpushwas a direct violation of the Oslo suggesting that the risk of a made to pass a law that did Accords, legal concerns were P.A. collapse and the uncer- not give any option for a gov- eased, tainty that might follow is ernmental waiver. Pressure The U.S. Taylor Force Act more dangerous than giving was also exerted by several was signed into law in March; the P.A. funds that are then Israeli victims of Palestinian it took several more months used to incentivize murder, terror, led by Shai Maimon. forIsraeltofollowsuit.Despite Recently, the United States After weeks of deliberations, calls by Israeli Prime Minis- rejected a similar argument the law secured the support ter Benjamin Netanyahu for by moving its embassy from of coalition and opposition fundstobewithheldfromthe Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The membersandpassedthisweek P.A. from as early as 2015-- Trump administration was byaresoundingvoteof87-15, coupled with his expressed warned that the move would well beyond the normal tally support for the passage of spark widespread unrestof Knessetvotes. the Taylor Force Act--the and destabilize the region. ThepassageofboththeU.S. government sought to insert While protests ensued on the and Israeliversionsofthelaws a waiver provision into the Gaza border, little violence towithholdfundingisatesta- Israeli law. The waiver would was recorded in the West mentto the relentless pursuit have given Israel's govern- Bank and virtually none of of GerberandForce(whowere ment the right to pass any the 250,000 Arabs living in both present for the Knesset funds withheld over to the Jerusalem--some just sev- vote). At an Israeli event in P.A. at a later date based on eral hundred meters from the celebrating the outcome, security or geopolitical con- embassy--protested a move Forcenotedthatbecausethey cerns, such as pressure from that did little to impact their weren't government officials, theinternationalcommunity, day-to-day lives, it might have been easier to Such a provision would have So, with the help of law pushforthetwolaws'passage. rendered the law useless, sponsors MK Elazar Stern Other countries are now Theargumentinfavorofthe (YeshAtid) and MKAvi Dich- taking notice. On the same provisionwasthatwithholding ter (Likud), who is currently day as the vote in Israel, Aus- funds fromthe P.A. couldlead chairman of the Knesset's to its collapse. Proponents of Foreign Affairs and Defense Financing on page 15A