AIPAC applauds the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) for adopting the bipartisan Taylor Force Act (H.R. 1164), which would eliminate funding that directly benefits the Palestinian Authority if it continues its abhorrent practice of paying salaries to terrorists or their families. The panel also passed two other measures targeting supporters of terrorism. We appreciate the leadership of Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Democrat Eliot Engel (D-NY) on these key measures.
Originally introduced by Reps. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) and Lee Zeldin (R-NY), the Taylor Force Act was adopted as an amendment in the form of a substitute authored by Reps. Royce and Engel. The bill was named in honor of U.S. Army veteran Taylor Force, who was killed by a Palestinian terrorist in Tel Aviv last year. Versions of the bill have been adopted in the Senate by the Foreign Relations and Appropriations Committees.
HFAC also passed the Palestinian International Terrorism Support Prevention Act of 2017 (H.R. 2712), which was introduced by Reps. Brian Mast (R-FL) and Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ). This bipartisan measure imposes sanctions on foreign persons and governments that provide support to Palestinian terrorist groups—including Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
Finally, the panel adopted the Hamas Human Shields Prevention Act (H.R. 3542), which imposes sanctions on the terrorist organization Hamas and its related entities that use civilians as human shields. This bipartisan legislation was sponsored by Reps. Joe Wilson (R-SC) and Seth Moulton (D-MA).
AIPAC urges the full House to adopt these three measures that would help combat terrorism.