AL-BIREH, West Financial institution — On March 9, 2016, a 29-yr-previous American graduate scholar, Taylor Drive, was tragically murdered within the Israeli metropolis of Jaffa. Mr. Drive was killed by a 22-yr-previous Palestinian named Bashar Masalha. There isn’t any method for anybody to know what this crime’s motivation was as a result of Israeli safety personnel shot lifeless the perpetrator on the scene.
In some other place on earth, the sufferer can be mourned, the perpetrator condemned, prayers can be despatched to each households, and life would go on. However not in Israel, the place in minutes Israeli leaders blamed the Palestinian management for the incident, which occurred beneath complete Israeli safety, authorized and nationwide jurisdiction.
Greater than a yr and a half later, new U.S. laws is in Congress. The laws goals to chop U.S. funding to the Palestinian Authority if it doesn’t cease paying annual stipends to the households of these both killed by Israeli safety forces or imprisoned in Israel.
With a lot occurring stateside, one would assume that the U.S. Congress had its arms full this fall, and will, only for a second, depart the Palestinians alone. We might solely be so fortunate. Relatively, Congress is at it once more, trying to punish the individuals who have been struggling beneath Israeli army occupation for 50 years and counting.
The brand new piece of laws, sadly named The Taylor Drive Act, superior via the Senate Overseas Relations Committee this summer time. Moreover, it has simply been included within the U.S. overseas operations finances measure slated for a vote in December. Embedding the measure right into a broader legislative package deal is aimed toward giving it a second path to passage.
By naming the invoice The Taylor Pressure Act, the presumption is that Congress has purchased–hook, line and sinker–the Israeli propaganda that the Palestinian Authority was someway chargeable for the dying of Mr. Drive, albeit the substance of the invoice is about one thing completely totally different. Such a presumption isn’t solely completely false, however after being made so many occasions by Congress, it smells just like the witch hunt towards Palestinians that it’s.
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U.S. legislators won’t hear each side of this story. No point out shall be made within the argument on the Hill about this homicide happening inside…