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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration declared its firm support Thursday for a bill that would suspend U.S. financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority until it ends what critics have described as a long-standing practice of rewarding Palestinians who kill Americans and Israelis.
    The State Department announcement comes nearly six weeks after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee backed the measure. The legislation, which is named after an American who was stabbed to death in Israel by a Palestinian, reflects bipartisan outrage over what lawmakers have termed a “pay to slay” program endorsed by the Palestinian Authority.
    “The Trump administration strongly supports the Taylor Force Act, which is a consequence of Palestinian Authority and Palestine Liberation Organization’s policy of paying terrorists and their families,” the State Department said.
    The department added that President Donald Trump “raised the need to end any part of this program that incentivizes violence against Israeli and American citizens with President Mahmoud Abbas last May in both Washington and Bethlehem.”
    But the Palestinian Authority has disputed the accusations and called the bill misinformed. Husam Zomlot, chief representative of the Palestinian General Delegation to the U.S., said last month that the program is more than 50 years old and is aimed at giving support to families “who lost their breadwinners to the atrocities of the occupation, the vast majority of whom are unduly arrested or killed by Israel.”
    One of the bill’s main sponsors, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said the Palestinian Authority has created monetary incentives for acts of terrorism by paying monthly stipends of as much as $3,500 to Palestinians who commit acts of violence and to their families. The amount of the payment depends on the length of the jail sentence they receive for the crime, he said. Corker is chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.
    Palestinians have argued that ending Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem — lands that Palestinians seek for their state — is key to defeating terrorism.
    Taylor Force was an MBA student at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee and a West Point graduate who was visiting Israel in March 2016 when he was killed. Force was from Lubbock, Texas. His parents live in South Carolina.
    Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said the Palestinian Authority praised Force’s killer as a “heroic martyr.” He estimated that the Palestinian Authority has paid $144 million in “martyr payments” over the years.


    https://apnews.com/340b972c2cf8474d9...o-Palestinians


    Yes, no more money to people who hate us...
    Credo quia absurdum.


    Quantum mechanics describes nature as absurd from the point of view of common sense. And yet it fully agrees with experiment. So I hope you can accept nature as She is - absurd! - Richard Feynman

  • #2
    Why should we be supporting terrorists anyway?

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    • #3
      If you check the scorecard Israel has caused more harm to us than Palestine.
      "Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
      - Benjamin Franklin

      The new right wing: hate Muslims, preaches tolerance for Nazis.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by TactiKill J. View Post
        If you check the scorecard Israel has caused more harm to us than Palestine.
        Don't give them money either.

        Personally, I'd prefer the two fight until they settle their differences as quickly as possible. If that means the virtual extermination or one or the other fine with me so long as it's a clean (not necessarily fair) fight.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Bwaha View Post
          WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration declared its firm support Thursday for a bill that would suspend U.S. financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority until it ends what critics have described as a long-standing practice of rewarding Palestinians who kill Americans and Israelis.
          The State Department announcement comes nearly six weeks after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee backed the measure. The legislation, which is named after an American who was stabbed to death in Israel by a Palestinian, reflects bipartisan outrage over what lawmakers have termed a “pay to slay” program endorsed by the Palestinian Authority.
          “The Trump administration strongly supports the Taylor Force Act, which is a consequence of Palestinian Authority and Palestine Liberation Organization’s policy of paying terrorists and their families,” the State Department said.
          The department added that President Donald Trump “raised the need to end any part of this program that incentivizes violence against Israeli and American citizens with President Mahmoud Abbas last May in both Washington and Bethlehem.”
          But the Palestinian Authority has disputed the accusations and called the bill misinformed. Husam Zomlot, chief representative of the Palestinian General Delegation to the U.S., said last month that the program is more than 50 years old and is aimed at giving support to families “who lost their breadwinners to the atrocities of the occupation, the vast majority of whom are unduly arrested or killed by Israel.”
          One of the bill’s main sponsors, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said the Palestinian Authority has created monetary incentives for acts of terrorism by paying monthly stipends of as much as $3,500 to Palestinians who commit acts of violence and to their families. The amount of the payment depends on the length of the jail sentence they receive for the crime, he said. Corker is chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.
          Palestinians have argued that ending Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem — lands that Palestinians seek for their state — is key to defeating terrorism.
          Taylor Force was an MBA student at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee and a West Point graduate who was visiting Israel in March 2016 when he was killed. Force was from Lubbock, Texas. His parents live in South Carolina.
          Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said the Palestinian Authority praised Force’s killer as a “heroic martyr.” He estimated that the Palestinian Authority has paid $144 million in “martyr payments” over the years.


          https://apnews.com/340b972c2cf8474d9...o-Palestinians


          Yes, no more money to people who hate us...
          Way past time for this one.
          Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by TactiKill J. View Post
            If you check the scorecard Israel has caused more harm to us than Palestine.
            How?
            Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by TactiKill J. View Post
              If you check the scorecard Israel has caused more harm to us than Palestine.
              Anti-Zion isn't Neo-NAZI ...

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              • #8
                Originally posted by G David Bock View Post
                Anti-Zion isn't Neo-NAZI ...

                Farrakan supporter? [Would that be the same as calling the person in question a KKK supporter as far the rules go?]

                Tuebor

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by G David Bock View Post
                  Anti-Zion isn't Neo-NAZI ...

                  That is correct. They are both pro Nationalist groups.
                  "Ask not what your country can do for you"

                  Left wing, Right Wing same bird that they are killing.

                  you’re entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
                    How?
                    USS Liberty, for a start. duh
                    "Ask not what your country can do for you"

                    Left wing, Right Wing same bird that they are killing.

                    you’re entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

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                    • #11
                      One word, Obama.

                      Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post
                      Why should we be supporting terrorists anyway?
                      My worst jump story:
                      My 13th jump was on the 13th day of the month, aircraft number 013.
                      As recorded on my DA Form 1307 Individual Jump Log.
                      No lie.

                      ~
                      "Everything looks all right. Have a good jump, eh."
                      -2 Commando Jumpmaster

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                      • #12
                        Cut that OFF! We should stop all ad to these countries.

                        Originally posted by TactiKill J. View Post
                        If you check the scorecard Israel has caused more harm to us than Palestine.
                        My worst jump story:
                        My 13th jump was on the 13th day of the month, aircraft number 013.
                        As recorded on my DA Form 1307 Individual Jump Log.
                        No lie.

                        ~
                        "Everything looks all right. Have a good jump, eh."
                        -2 Commando Jumpmaster

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                        • #13
                          the new Raj...

                          Not only to Palestine but also Pakistan. How long will the US gov't fund a state that, if not an outright sponsor of terrorism, turns a blind eye to terrorist activity under their very noses. I think that the Indian nation would be more supportive of US policies and preferences. Not only do they have a successful nuclear program they also speak the same language and will not tolerate terrorist activity.
                          ARRRR! International Talk Like A Pirate Day - September 19th
                          IN MARE IN COELO

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
                            Way past time for this one.
                            YEP!

                            GG
                            "The will of a section rooted in self interest, should not outweigh the vital interests of a whole people." -Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain-

                            "Fanatics of any sort are dangerous." -GG-

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                            • #15
                              I'd say cut all of it and use the funds to help the Rita victims...

                              As they say charity starts at the home...
                              Credo quia absurdum.


                              Quantum mechanics describes nature as absurd from the point of view of common sense. And yet it fully agrees with experiment. So I hope you can accept nature as She is - absurd! - Richard Feynman

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