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January 8, 2015 3:27 pm

Rand Paul Launches Senate Bill to Defund Palestinian Authority

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced a legislation that calls on the US government to defund the Palestinian Authority. Photo: US Senate. US Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has introduced legislation calling on the US government to defund the Palestinian Authority (PA).

The bill, titled “Defend Israel by Defunding Palestinian Foreign Aid Act of 2015,” calls on an immediate halt on all funding to the PA until the PA withdraws its request to join the International Criminal Court (ICC)—a request that was approved by the UN on Wednesday, allowing the PA to join the court on April 1.

In addition to the PA’s efforts to join the ICC and intent to bring war crimes charges against Israel, other reasons to defund the PA are outlined in Paul’s bill, including the fact that the PA last year entered into a unity government with Hamas, a recognized terrorist organization whose charter calls for Israel’s destruction and declares that ”there is no solution to the Palestinian question except by Jihad.”

The bill also notes that the US gives more than $400 million to the PA annually, despite the fact that Section 7041(i)(2) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act of 2015 (division J of Public Law 133-235) limits “assistance to the Palestinian Authority if it seeks to join the International Criminal Court.”

“It is up to the new Republican-led Congress to move on its own so that the President does not once again circumvent clear funding restrictions. We are currently sending roughly $400 million of US taxpayer dollars to the Palestinian Authority,” Sen. Paul said about the bill.

“Certainly groups that threaten Israel cannot be allies of the US I will continue to do everything in my power to make sure this President and this Congress stop treating Israel’s enemies as American allies,” he added.

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  • Sassan

    Once an anti-Semite, always an anti-Semite. Sorry Rand, this phony move of yours does absolutely zilch. Even AIPAC is against such a move that would end up only favoring Hamas. Your phony show will do absolutely nothing to hide the fact that you are an anti-American, anti-Israeli isolationist that wants to retreat from the world and appease Islamofascists. World events are not looking to good for this lunatic. Look forward to seeing his past exposed for who and what he is. You can’t run from the fact that the Ron Paultard nut Rand Paul didn’t fall far from his father’s tree. The same Rand Paul who proclaimed on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ radio show that he holds nearly “identical” views as his father except that he has to “package it differently”.