We, the undersigned, stand united in demanding that the United States and the European Union discontinue funding the Palestinian Authority. Since the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993, the PA has been an active participant in campaigns to demonize Israel, incite against Israeli citizens and glorify acts of terror.
From a young age, children in PA-administered schools are taught that Jews are the enemy and must leave “Palestinian” land (Palestinians claim all of Israel belongs to them) or be killed. It is plainly obvious, especially as we find ourselves in the midst of a wave of Palestinian terror attacks, that peaceful co-existence with Israel is not on the agenda of the Palestinian Authority.
Palestinian support for the war waged against Israel in 2014, during which more than 4400 rockets were fired from Gaza at Israeli civilians, is well documented. The Palestinians' sophisticated network of terror tunnels was designed to enable infiltrations into Israeli towns for the sole purpose of murdering innocent Jews.
PA President Abbas has confirmed that, of the pledged $440 million in foreign aid that the PA will receive from the United States, an estimated $46 million will be allocated to support prisoners released from Israeli jails. Many of these “prisoners” are actually terrorists with blood on their hands, murderers of innocent civilians. It is an outrage that US tax dollars are funding terror..
“The Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act”, signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2006, prohibits American support for the PA until it agrees to “recognize Israel, renounce violence and disarm.”
In a most blatant act of supporting terror, the PA formed a unity government with Hamas, an internationally-designated terror organization whose stated goal is the destruction of the State of Israel, and by extension the Jewish people. The current wave of terror against Israel makes this crystal clear. The United States, by recognizing this unity government and cooperating with it, has crossed a red line. Not only is this morally repugnant, but it is in violation of US law.
If the PA does break its allegiance with Hamas, this would only be a tactical, political move to gain world support. The PA’s ongoing incitement and support of terrorism long preceded the unity deal with Hamas and will continue regardless of political machinations.
We urge President Obama and the US Congress to suspend assistance to the PA unless it takes specific steps to renounce and eradicate terror, and to guarantee that no more US taxpayer dollars be sent to support them until they do. We urge the EU and world leaders to recognize the PA as a supporter of terror and cease all funding immediately.