Letters to the Editor

Congress must approve bill that ends stipends for terrorists

Killing Jews and Israelis apparently is good business. It’s the most lucrative job in the West Bank. According to Israel-American journalist Liel Liebovitz and Tablet Magazine the terrorist who stabbed to death three Israelis in cold blood will receive $3120 from the Palestinian government. Considering that the average wage is $292 to $397 a month, it beats working.

Here’s the kicker: Your U.S. tax dollars help to fund these the Palestinian Authority’s longstanding “pay to slay” policy. Sadly, most Americans are unwilling pawns in this dangerous game.

The media often minimize these abhorrent murders, and when a terrorist is killed, Israel is painted as the aggressor and the terrorists as the victims.

As a result, many media outlets send a clear and consistent message: Israeli, Jewish as well as American blood, is cheap.

Imagine if you had to live your life never knowing if it’s your last day on Earth. Or worse, you survive but your mother, or brother, children, and wife are murdered.

What would you do to protect your loved ones? You would do whatever it takes to defend against these cowardly acts and even if some of those security measures appear to be undemocratic, that’s the price we must pay for survival.

What can you do? You can reach out to your elected officials and demand the full House and Senate pass the Taylor Force Act, which just sailed through the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with bipartisan support. This bill cuts all U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority until this sadistic policy is changed and the practice of incentivizing terrorism stops.

This bill is a step in the right direction, but until this stops, there will never be any chance for peace in the Middle East.

Fred Menachem, Miami

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