On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Taylor Force Act, which would cut U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) if the PA does not halt payments to convicted terrorists and their families.
The bill is named after Taylor Force, an American and Vanderbilt graduate student and Army veteran killed March 9, 2016, in a terror attack in Jaffa.
This bill prohibits certain assistance under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 from being made available for the West Bank and Gaza unless the Department of State certifies that the Palestinian Authority:
is taking steps to end acts of violence against U.S. and Israeli citizens perpetrated by individuals under its jurisdictional control, such as the March 2016 attack that killed former Army officer Taylor Force;
is publicly condemning such acts of violence and is investigating, or cooperating in investigations of, such acts; and
has terminated payments for acts of terrorism against U.S. and Israeli citizens to any individual who has been convicted and imprisoned for such acts, to any individual who died committing such acts, and to family members of such an individual.Con
Last month, the measure unanimously advanced out of committee, including three exceptions: allowing for US funding to Palestinian water and childhood vaccination programs, as well as East Jerusalem hospitals.
The bill must now pass the full Senate, which is expected to vote on it this month, when the upper chamber votes on a foreign operations bill it was packaged into last September. It is expected to pass. TimesOfTsrael
“This bill is pretty simple: If you finance or reward terrorism, you don’t deserve a penny from the United States. The Palestinian Authority should be forced to choose between its despicable practice of paying terrorists’ salaries and receiving foreign aid funded by the American taxpayer. And until that time comes, no government that supports the murder of innocent civilians can claim to be a serious partner for peace. I appreciate Chairman Royce, Congressman Lamborn, and all members on both sides of the aisle for their bipartisan efforts on this issue. In Taylor’s memory, I look forward to the Senate passing this legislation so we can send it to the president’s desk.”
Tuesday an American tourist, Taylor Force, 29, was stabbed to death in Tel Aviv-Jaffa during a stabbing spree by a Palestinian. Force was attacked along a boardwalk near a beach in the Jaffa area of Tel Aviv that is popular with tourists.
Taylor Force was from Lubbock, Texas; a graduate student at Vanderbilt University and a veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Force graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and served in the Army from 2009 to 2014, reported the Daily Mail.
Force’s wife was severely injured in the attack, according to Zaki Heller, spokesperson for the Magen David Adom ambulance service, reported the Times of Israel.
“It is with extreme sadness that I write to inform you that Taylor Force, a student at our Owen Graduate School of Management, was fatally wounded March 8 in a stabbing attack while on an Owen school trip to Tel Aviv, Israel,” the Nashville, Tennessee university said in a statement. “All other Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff on the trip are safe.”
“This horrific act of violence has robbed our Vanderbilt family of a young hopeful life and all of the bright promise that he held for bettering our greater world,” school Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos wrote. “Taylor’s family and his friends and colleagues have our deepest sympathy and utmost support.”
11 other people were wounded, four of them seriously reported Haaretz. The terrorist Bashar Masalha, 22, from Qalqilya in the West Bank was killed by police.
According to the police, the assailant stabbed three people at the Jaffa port, and then ran to the promenade and stabbed four more near the Manta Ray Restaurant. He then fled toward Tel Aviv, but was shot dead by police officers. No other assailant is suspected of having been involved in the attack. Haaretz
A video shows Masalha running into traffic. As the cars slow down he runs up to the vehicles and stabs the occupants before continuing up the road.
When I got to the port, I saw a woman of about 30 in a serious condition with stab wounds to her upper body,” said Magen David Adom paramedic Hagai Natani. “Near her was a wounded man lying on the ground. We gave first aid to both of them before they were evacuated by ambulance to hospital.” Haaretz
Tuesday there were three other attacks by Palestinians, one in the Tel Aviv suburb of Petah Tikva and another two in Jerusalem.
Policemen wounded in shooting attack in Jerusalem. Earlier in the day, a terrorist opened fire with a Carl Gustav rifle at police officers operating on Salah e-Din Street near Herod’s Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City, wounding one of them seriously. The terrorist then escaped, and as a police and Border Police force was pursuing him, he fired at them and seriously wounded another policeman. YNetNews
Foiled attack in Jerusalem
Earlier, a Palestinian woman tried to stab police officers in Jerusalem’s Hagai Street, which has seen several stabbings in the past few months.
According to the police, the terrorist approached Border Police officers on Hagai Street, drew a knife from her back, and tried to stab them.
The woman, a resident of East Jerusalem aged around 50, was shot and fatally wounded. No one else was hurt. YNetNews
Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack and has Hamas praised the attacks.
Hamas spokesman Hussam Badran also called on the different Palestinian factions to join the “struggle of the Palestinians youths who choose to go and carry out attacks at the heart of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.” Haaretz
Two heroes in Petah Tikva
An Israeli man, who was collecting money for charity, hospitalized in moderate condition after Petah Tikva attack. An Israeli man who was stabbed multiple times Tuesday afternoon in a terror attack in Petah Tikva managed to remove the knife from his neck and use it to stab and neutralize his attacker, aided by the store owner, police said. TimesOfIsrael
A terrorist stabbed an ultra-Orthodox man who was entering a store on Baron Hirsch Street. Yonatan Ezriyahav, 39, was caught by surprise when the terrorist, Abdel Rahman Radar, attacked him from behind with a knife, stabbing him in his upper body…
Ezriyahav, a father of five from Yavne’el in northern Israel, originally arrived at the Petah Tikva market to hand out leaflets about Rabbi Nachman of Breslov.
“I was in the store, and all of a sudden, someone jumped on me,” Ezriyahav recounted. “I didn’t understand what he was doing, until someone yelled ‘terrorist!’ and I realized (what was going on) and saw the knife. I felt it in my neck, and I asked ‘what happened to me?’ I thought it was the end.”…
An eye witness at the scene said that “It all happened in a matter of seconds. Two people ran to the victim, and they tore his shirt and tied it around his wounds to try and stop him from bleeding out. Then they sat the victim in a chair. The store owner is a real hero. He fearlessly jumped onto the terrorist.”
“A lot of people came up to the store owner and called him a hero,” Yoav Levi, a Petah Tikva resident said. “Everyone came to pat him on the back, but he was in shock. I told him ‘you’re my hero, you’re everyone’s hero.'”
Eventually, Ezriyahav was evacuated to the hospital, and the Palestinian terrorist died of his wounds. YNetNews
After terror attacks the IDF seals off two West Bank Villages
IDF troops closed off two West Bank villages, after apparently unrelated attacks in Petah Tikva andJaffa on Tuesday left one person dead and a dozen injured, an army spokesperson said.
Security forces also entered the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, the hometown of another assailant who opened fire at police officers outside the Old City on Tuesday afternoon, injuring two, one of them critically. TimesOfIsrael