On Tuesday, a lawsuit was filed against the Biden administration and Secretary of State Antony Blinken that accused the administration of sending over half a billion taxpayer dollars to the Palestinian Authority, despite allegedly being aware that the PA was funding a policy responsible for killing hundreds of Israeli and American citizens, the Daily Caller News Foundation reported.
The lawsuit, which was filed by America First Legal Foundation, argued that the Biden administration sent large sums of money to the Palestinian Authority, a government that has supported paying terrorists who commit acts of violence against Israelis via the PA Martyrs Fund. The program, also referred to as “Pay to Slay,” is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of U.S. and Israeli citizens.
Taylor Force, a 28-year-old U.S. Army veteran, was murdered by Palestinian terrorists while on a graduate program trip to Israel. In response to the atrocity, former President Donald Trump and Congress passed the Taylor Force Act in 2017, which prevents U.S. taxpayer dollars from going to the PA until the regime ends its “Pay to Slay” policy.
The lawsuit argues that the Biden administration has continued to send funds despite the legislation. After announcing in May 2020 that he planned to restore funding to the PA, Biden signed off on over $360 million to the PA the following year.
According to a Palestinian official, that same year, the PA sent $181 million to terrorists who committed acts of violence against Israel.
The lawsuit claimed the administration admitted to Congress a few months before distributing the funds that it was aware that the PA was still implementing the policy. According to the complaint, again in May 2022, a private report to Congress revealed that the Biden administration was aware that the PA had not ceased its deadly policy and had sent another $341 million to terrorists and their families.
“The defendants took power on January 20, 2021, with a new plan: Transfer hundreds of millions of dollars from U.S. taxpayers to the Palestinian Authority despite Pay to Slay and contrary to the Taylor Force Act,” the complaint stated. “Contrary to law, they have transferred nearly half a billion American taxpayer dollars to directly benefit and subsidize the Palestinian Authority.”
Taylor Force’s father, Stuart, told the DCNF that his family hopes to hold the administration accountable.
“Our role in the lawsuit is as it was in our efforts to enact the original Taylor Force Act – to put a human face on the horrific effects of the Palestinian Authority’s Pay for Slay policy,” Force told the news outlet. “Multiply the devastating loss of our beloved son Taylor by the hundreds of Israeli families that have also been impacted by this inhumane atrocity of Pay for Slay and you will understand why we are committed to ending the flow of US dollars to the PA.”
“If [Biden and Blinken] understood what motivates Israel’s enemies, the elimination of the State of Israel, I would think they would stop any funding that could possibly find its way into the wrong hands,” Force continued. “Aside from the increased rocket barrages, tunnel construction, and increased frequency of attacks on innocent civilians when ‘foreign aid’ increases, the money is used in its widespread PR campaign to incite violence and foment hatred of Israel and the United States.”
A State Department spokesperson told the DCNF, “As a matter of practice, we do not comment on pending litigation.”
The White House did not respond to a request for comment, the DCNF reported.