The Taylor Force Act: Information and Resources

The Taylor Force Act (H.R. 1164, S. 1697) conditions future U.S. economic aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) on the PA ending its longtime practice of paying financial rewards to terrorists who attack Americans and Israelis – as well as lifetime stipends for the terrorists’ families.

This practice of ‘pay for slay’ is codified in detail in Palestinian law. In 2017, the PA allocated $344 million – half of its annual foreign aid – for such payments.

The OU Advocacy Center has been working with legislators to build support for this legislation since Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) first introduced it in September 2016, just months after 28-year-old American graduate student and former U.S. Army Officer Taylor Force was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist in Jaffa. Ten others were injured in the attack, which occurred while Force was on a class trip. The U.S. House passed the Taylor Force Act in December 2017, and the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the bill in the coming days.

Action Alert
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Op-eds by OU Advocacy Center Executive Director Nathan Diament

Background and History of Palestinian ‘Martyr’ Funding by Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser, JCPA


In the Media

OU Advocacy Center Statements

Dec. 5, 2017: Taylor Force Act passes U.S. House
Nov. 15, 2017: Taylor Force Act passes U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee
Aug. 3, 2017: Taylor Force Act passes U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Feb. 28, 2017: Taylor Force Act re-introduced, 115th Congress, by U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) & U.S. Reps. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.)
Sept. 28, 2016: Taylor Force Act introduced, 114th Congress, by U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Dan Coats (R-Ind.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)
March 8, 2016: Taylor Force, a Vanderbilt University MBA student killed by Palestinian terrorist in Israeli port city of Jaffa; 10 others injured. Force was a native of Lubbock, Texas as well as a graduate of West Point Military Academy. During his service as a U.S. Army officer, he did tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.