We, the undersigned, urge that the United States and the European Union to suspend aid to the Palestinian Authority. Since the Oslo Accords in 1993, the PA has actively participated in campaigns to demonize Israel, incite terror against Israeli citizens and glorify any anti-Israel activities. Since 2014, the PA has entered a unity agreement with Hamas, an internationally recognized terror organization whose Charter specifically calls for the destruction of the State of Israel, and by extension the Jewish People.
Most recently the PA has filed for membership in the International Criminal Court (ICC) with the sole purpose of prosecuting the State of Israel for alleged war crimes committed during Operation Protective Edge. This renders funding the Palestinian Authority to be in direct violation of US law.
Funding the PA is equivalent to funding terror and is against US law.
Time and again, the PA has failed to promote peaceful coexistence with Israel. Here are some of the FACTS about the PA’s agenda to destroy Israel:
The Obama Administration and Congress violate US law by providing economic aid to the PA, especially since the establishment of a unity government with Hamas.
The Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006 prohibits any US funds from going to Hamas, Hamas-controlled entities, or a power-sharing PA government that includes Hamas as a member, or results from an agreement with Hamas. In addition, the Act prohibits American support for the PA until it agrees to “recognize Israel, renounce violence and disarm.” Incitement to terror, payments to prisoners guilty of terrorism and its partnership with Hamas make it illegal for the US to provide any funding to the PA under this law.
The 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act (Sec.7040) prohibits “assistance to Hamas or any entity effectively controlled by Hamas, any power-sharing government of which Hamas is member, or that results from an agreement with Hamas and over which Hamas exercises undue influence.” The PA’s unity government with Hamas makes it ineligible for US funds under this law.
H.R. 3547 Sec. 7041 prohibits “the availability of Economic Support Fund assistance under this Act for the PA if… the Palestinians initiate an International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation, or actively support such an investigation, that subjects Israeli nationals to an investigation for alleged crimes against Palestinians.” PA head Abbas has applied to the International Criminal Court to prosecute Israel for its alleged war crimes and for its “occupation” of Judea and Samaria - an act that makes it illegal for the US to continue to provide funding to his government under this law.
We urge President Obama and the US Congress to suspend aid to the PA unless it “takes specific steps to renounce and eradicate terror.” We also urge the European Union and world leaders to recognize the Palestinian Authority as a supporter of terror and cease all funding immediately.