from the Clarion Project:
Biden to Resume Funding of Palestinian Authority
Democrat presumptive nominee for president Joe Biden announced that he would restore U.S. funding to the Palestinian Authority (PA) if elected.
Congress cut most of the U.S. tax payer-funded assistance to the Palestinian Authority due to its support for terror. The Palestinian Authority pays stipends to families of jailed or dead terrorists. The scale of the payments depends on how “successful” the terror attack was.
In 2018, Congress passed the Taylor Force Act forbidding U.S. tax dollars to be sent to the Palestinian Authority while the PA is still engaging in what has become known as “pay for slay.”
President Trump signed the bill into law.
Taylor Force, a U.S. army veteran, was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist while on a college trip in Israel.
In open defiance of the U.S., the Palestinian Authority has made it clear that it will continue this policy.
In a statement to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Biden said, “I will reopen the U.S. consulate in East Jerusalem, find a way to reopen the PLO’s diplomatic mission in Washington, and resume the decades-long economic and security assistance efforts to the Palestinians that the Trump administration stopped.”
The PLO’s mission in Washington was closed because of a congressional mandate that obligated the U.S. to close the mission if the Palestinians tried to bring charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court.
The Palestinians did just that, and the Trump administration closed the mission — as per their legal obligation.
In addition to cutting funding of the PA due to the Taylor Force Act, the Trump administration cut most of the funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), an agency dedicated to helping Palestinian refugees from Israel’s War of Independence in 1948.