Texas Rep. Ronny Jackson and the America First Legal foundation secured a significant legal victory on Tuesday, gaining the authority to scrutinize President Joe Biden’s choice to allocate vast sums to Palestinian entities, potentially contravening a 2018 anti-terror statute.
“We sued President Biden and Secretary Blinken for violating the Taylor Force Act and illegally subsidizing Palestinian terrorism,” America First Legal wrote on X.
“Today, following barbaric attacks by Hamas — killing 14 Americans and 1000+ other innocent men, women, and children, and with an unknown number of Americans now beling held hostage in Gaza — the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas granted our motion to begin discovery in our case. We are going to show what the Biden Administration knew about their plans and the outcomes of their policies,” the statement continues.
The Taylor Force Act, enacted under President Donald Trump’s administration, is named after an American killed by a Palestinian extremist in 2016. This legislation prevents U.S. taxpayer funding from being directed to the Palestinian Authority (PA) as long as the PA continues the practice of providing stipends to the families of Palestinian terrorists killed by Israel or to Palestinians currently incarcerated in Israeli prisons.
Since the Palestinian Authority’s refusal to halt these compensations, the U.S. ceased direct financial support to the PA. President Trump further withdrew financial aid from several other organizations, notably the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), known for fostering Palestinian radicalism.
Yet, Biden, during his campaign, pledged to reinstate these funds. True to his word, upon assuming office, he channeled funds to vast amounts to Palestinian organizations. Reports suggest that the State Department even allocated funds to a group with pro-terror inclinations.
The total financial aid to the Palestinians surpasses $1 billion, with over half a billion dollars being the subject of the Jackson lawsuit and an additional $700 million directed to the UNRWA, according to Breitbart News.
U.S. District Court Judge Matthew J. Kacsmaryk recently issued a discovery order, mandating the administration to furnish documents to Jackson and the co-plaintiffs. These documents pertain to concerns that Economic Support Funds (ESF) for the Palestinians might inadvertently aid Palestinian terrorists, enabling them to divert funds for weaponry instead of economic necessities.
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