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Taylor Force Act Talking Points

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  1. Palestinian Law

The salary payments to terrorists are made according to Palestinian Authority (PA) legislation. The Pay for Slay program is mainly anchored in two laws from 2004, Law No. 14 and Law No. 19, and in a 2013 amendment to the latter law.

  • Law No. 14 establishes the opening of a “special account” to fund prisoners, defined as “anyone incarcerated in the occupation’s prisons for his participation in the struggle against the occupation” (Article 1).
  • Law No. 19 defines the prisoners and released prisoners as “a fighting sector and an integral part of the fabric of the Arab Palestinian society” (Article 2) and declares the need to “grant the financial rights of the prisoner and his family” (Article 4). It also stipulates that the PA shall “grant every incarcerated prisoner a monthly allowance, without discrimination,” meaning including members of Hamas (Article 6). The law lists preferential treatment for released prisoners such as exemptions from: tuition fees at government schools and universities, health insurance payments, and tuition fees for professional training programs (Article 5).
  • The 2013 amendment to Law No. 19 grants “priority in annual job placements in all State institutions” for released prisoners (Article 5). It also dictates that the longer the imprisonment the prisoner is entitled to a higher rank in the government apparatus and to a higher salary, basically the deadlier the attack, the richer the reward. Article 9 extends prisoner status to a larger portion of the population, including expelled persons, those under house arrest, and to PLO members arrested outside of Palestine.

The salaries are currently paid based on PA Government Decision No. 23 of 2010, which specifies the prisoners’ monthly allowance according to the length of sentence. Bonuses are also paid if the terrorists are Israeli Arab or Arab residents from Jerusalem. The PA also provides prisoners with a monthly allowance for canteen expenses, totaling $780,000 per month.

Time spent in Prison Monthly allowance in US dollars
3 years or less $400
3 – 5 years $570
5 – 10 years $1,142
10 – 15 years $1,707
15 – 20 years $1,999
20 – 25 years $2276
30 + years $3,120
Additional payment for prisoners from Jerusalem $85
Additional payment for Arab Israeli prisoners $138

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Syria Fact Sheet

Syria Fact Sheet
The Syrian Arab Republic has for decades been ruled by the Assad family. Hafiz Assad ruled Syria from 1971- 2000. In 2000, his son Bashar Assad succeeded him. The Syrian regime is considered a military regime, and Bashar Assad has continued his father’s autocratic rule. Bashar Assad represents the Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party, Ba’ath meaning “resurrection” in Arabic. This is the same party of former dictator Saddam Hussein of Iraq. The Ba’athists hold a pan-Arab ideology which originally sought to unite all Arabs together in a socialist and revolutionary Arab nation, while usually discriminating against non-Arabs like the Kurds, the Jews, etc.

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Palestinian Authority “Pay for Slay”


The Palestinian Authority (PA) tells foreign audiences that they oppose terrorism, yet they pay generous rewards to Palestinians, and/or their families, who carry out bombings, stabbings and other attacks against innocents in Israel. This has been labeled the “Pay for Slay” program. This has included the terrorists, or their families, of those who have killed at least 69 American citizens. Because the U.S. provides aid to the PA, the U.S. is indirectly paying for this terrorism.

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Pay for Slay Fact Sheet

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Fact Sheet on Iranian Aggression

Iranian Aggression Since the JCPOA

Despite predictions that the JCPOA nuclear deal would moderate Iran, since the “agreement” was reached on July 14, 2015, Tehran has increased its violations of international law, acts of military and terroristic aggression, and verbal insults towards the US and Israel (and other nations).

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Syria Fact Sheet

EMET’s Syria Fact Sheet

In its fifth year, the Syrian civil war has turned Syria into another failed state in the Middle East. There are essentially multiple, separate civil wars going on in Syria. These include: ISIS vs. Pro-Assad forces, Turks and their allies vs. Kurds and their allies, Sunni Arab groups vs. Sunni Arab groups, etc. There are also numerous outside players involved: Russia, Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the other Gulf States, and the U.S.

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Lebanon & Hezbollah Fact Sheet

Lebanon & Hezbollah Fact Sheet

Lebanon is a largely non-functioning Republic, where three prominent offices are divided amongst the different religious groups. The President must be a Christian, the Prime Minister is a Sunni Muslim, and the Speaker of the National Assembly is a Shia Muslim. There is a unicameral National Assembly, with 128 seats and members directly elected in multi-seat constituencies by majority vote. Assembly members serve 4-year terms and seats are apportioned among the Christian and Muslim denominations. In February of 2014, the current Prime Minister, Tammam Salam, a Sunni Muslim, was chosen; he is also acting President, since the Assembly has been unable to select a President.

The Hezbollah – or “Hizbullah”, meaning “The Party of God,” and sometimes using the cover name of “Islamic Jihad” – militia “has effectively taken over the Lebanese government.” Hezbollah is a Shiite Islamist political party, militant group and designated terrorist organization, which was founded in the 1980’s by Iran. It was originally created to oppose Israel and the West. Hezbollah is funded by Iran, with an estimated $100- 200 million annually.

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Fact Sheet: Justice for American Victims of Palestinian Terrorism

EMET is Still Seeking Justice for All Americans Murdered or Injured by Palestinian Terrorists

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The Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET), led by Founder and President Sarah Stern, has been working to make sure that any Palestinian terrorist who harms an American is brought to justice.

  • The Anti-Terrorism Act of 1991, 18 USC Sec. 2332(b), says that whenever an American is killed or harmed overseas in an act of international terrorism, the U.S. has the right and the responsibility to prosecute and punish, in United States courts, the individual(s) who murdered or maimed the American citizen. There is no statute of limitations.
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