Washington - Congress Votes To Freeze $370M In Palestinian Authority Aid; Says Incitement Of Violence Must Cease
Washington, D.C. - In light of the recent escalation of terror attacks against Israel, the US House of Representatives voted recently to put a freeze on some $370M in US aid to the Palestinian Authority.
YNETNEWS.com (http://bit.ly/1Xq2mF4) reports that congressional leaders drafted a letter to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stating that US aid could be cut off permanently unless incitement towards Israel ceases.
The PA had already seen its annual payment cut from $450M as a result of fines levied due to incitement of terror against Israel during the previous year.
In the letter to Abbas, House Committee on Appropriations head Kay Granger (R-Texas) and senior Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey from New York placed conditions on the release of funding, telling Abbas he must meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and that PA leaders must take positive steps to “fight against terror and incitement to violence.”
House Committee on Foreign Affairs head Ed Royce (R-CA) added that new steps must be developed to curb the incitement of violence, which he said continues to reach the Palestinian public through the use of social media, radio, television, and classrooms.
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