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Eric Shawn reports: Terrorists kill, you pay for it

West Point graduates call on the Senate to the Taylor Law came into Force.

They were on one of the most meaningful deployments of their life.

A group of West Point graduates fanned out on a mission for one of the cases, classmates, together with his parents and sister. Their battlefield is not in a foreign country, but the marble halls of the U.S. Senate on Capitol Hill.

“Our mission is to ensure that people are aware of the Taylor Law in Force. It is the address of the ‘paying for the dead.” The Palestinians have a rewards program for terrorism committed in Israel and Taylor was a victim,” said Taylor’s father, Stuart.

He, together with his wife, Robbi, daughter Kristen and Taylor’s friends, throughout the day, a meeting of more than a half-dozen senators from both sides of the political aisle.

“The American public needs to be aware of what is going on and yes, Taylor, I think, would appreciate what has been done,” said Robbi. “It is political, it is not political, and it should be a two pronged. The need to change.”

Their goal is the Senate approval of the legislation that would stop the money that goes to Palestinian terrorists, and the bill is named for Taylor. He was a West Point graduate who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, and was pursuing his MBA at Vanderbilt University. His future was terribly short on March 8, 2016, when Taylor walked in with his Vanderbilt friends along the Mediterranean sea and the promenade boulevard in Tel Aviv, Israel. A Palestinian terrorist attack on the group with a knife, and Taylor was stabbed to death.

His murderer was identified as a Palestinian, 22-year-old Bashar Masalha, who the authorities say went on the stabbing spree that also seriously wounded 10 others before he was shot dead by the Israeli police. The authorities say that his family is now paid from the Palestinian Authority, resources, because he killed Taylor, and attacked the others.

Taylor’s Force was a West Point graduate who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, and was pursuing his MBA at Vanderbilt University. His future was terribly short on March 8, 2016, when Taylor walked in with his Vanderbilt friends along the Mediterranean sea and the promenade boulevard in Tel Aviv, Israel. A Palestinian terrorist attack on the group with a knife, and Taylor was stabbed to death.

(With thanks to the Taylor family)

“Taylor was the best younger brother a girl could ask for,” said his sister Kristen as she stood in the hallway, outside one of the Senator offices.

“He was always my hero even before he was in the army. He was just, he was a great person. He was the most selfless person I have ever met.”

She said that when her father called her cell phone with the dreaded news of her brother’s fate, she collapsed on the sidewalk, in shock. That sadness was magnified when they learned of the apparent political motive for her brothers to kill, and the financial incentive for such terrorist attacks.

“To pay someone to take the life of someone who had no fight in this game, who couldn’t have been a better man, a better American, just to pay someone… the utter lack of respect for human life is shocking and horrifying,” She said.

“I really hope no other family has to go through what my family has gone through, and that people are not rewarded for killing others.”

“The idea that the American tax dollars or the Power of the tax dollar would go to pay the family of the man who killed their son just seems completely backwards, something America would not stand for, that Taylor would not stand for,” said Spencer Krantz, one of Taylor’s West Point classmates. “Taylor was the light of the room.”

His other classmates agree.

“His life was taken from him and it was not lost in the battle,” noted West Point graduate Michael Perry. “He was not in uniform, he was on the other side, so it was very difficult for us to handle…he was like a brother to us.”

“Taylor was seemingly unflappable. He always kept his presence with a sense of humour, and was in high spirits, at all times, even more difficult times. At the academy, he was the person that the elevator of the spirits, without any effort, just with Taylor.”

His family and friends had not only to do with the tragedy of Taylor’s killing, but also the fact that his murderer was hailed as a hero during his funeral in the West Bank city of Qalqilya.

“I was absolutely disgusting… to hear over the P. A celebration of his death, and it was this ‘big’ thing,” noted West Point graduate Jordan Morfitt. “I thought, ‘No, you took one of the best people I had ever met, of course, must be punished.'”

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, the account of the sponsor, are meeting with the Forces, “very powerful.”

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The U.S. government gives lateral support to the Palestinian Authority of more than $300 million per year. According to the P. A. the online budget, shells anything more than that amount to be paid to the families, or approximately 8 percent of the total budget. The Palestinian Authority, calls the payments a social services, welfare fund, and some observers have warned against cutting off the flow of money, out of fear for such a drastic step would undermine the Authority of the state in the West Bank.

“The Americans are always telling us that we should stop paying salaries to the families of martyrs and prisoners. We categorically reject this question,” said the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a speech in Ramallah last month.

A similar bill was passed by the House, with a voice vote on Dec. 5, 2017. Sources say that the Senate leadership of both parties support the measure, but some Democrats have a grip on the laws as they seek to modify some of the language.

Although Taylor’s family and friends met with eight Senators from both sides of the aisle, some were still not ready to go on the information about the meetings and how they will vote. But three Republicans were not reluctant to have their strong support.

Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, the chairman of the senate committee for Foreign affairs, and kissed Robbi hello and put his arm on Stuart’s shoulder when they met in the Senator’s conference room.

“So sad about everything that has happened,” Corker said to the Forces.

“I think the Americans might be surprised to know that we are sending money to an entity… with the help of the means to literally pay people to commit terrorist acts,” Corker said on Fox News after the meeting. “I think it will become law soon.

When Texas Sen. Ted Cruz went with the group on the heavy wooden table of his office, he said to them: “thank you for going out and leading this. I know that all of the pain, thank you for the use of the tragedy and the murder as a catalyst for good.”

“How do you explain to an American that your taxpayer dollars going to fund terrorists who kill Americans? It is indefensible, and it needs to stop now,” Cruz told Fox News after his meeting.

“There is no reasonable argument why we should send the AMERICAN tax payer dollars to fund terrorists who kill Americans. This should bring Republicans and Democrats together. This should pass the senate 100 to nothing.”

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, the account of the sponsor, are meeting with the Forces, “very powerful.”

“I am more committed than ever to ensure that the Taylor Power Act is signed into law by President Trump,” Graham said. “With the passage of this act, Taylor shall not have died in vain.”

Democratic Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer is a co-sponsor of the Taylor Law in Force. He predicted that “not a single Democrat will block.

(Reuters)

Democratic Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer is a co-sponsor of the Taylor Law in Force.

“It is much too late,” he said against the Jewish Community Relations of New York earlier this month.

He predicted that “not a single Democrat will block,” and added that “as Minority Leader, I do everything I can to pass it.”

The Power visit was organised by JINSA, the Jewish Institute for National Security of America.

“We wanted to properly honor Taylor Strength and we think that the Taylor Foreground must be passed,” JINSA president, Michael Makovsky, told Fox News. “The Palestinian Authority used the funding to reward and to reward terror, and that is completely wrong, and a real obstacle to real peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. We want to encourage and pressure the Palestinian leaders to support the well-being of their people, instead of creating a class of terrorists who are effective, they are doing.”

After a long tiring day of walking from office to office, the group remained hopeful.

“Every bit of energy we have devoted, it is totally worth it,” says Stuart.

Robbi said that the presence of the entire group, with Taylor’s West Point pals, “a big difference.” Now they wait in anticipation of the Senate action.

Schumer also said that the bill will “honor the memory and sacrifice of Taylor’s Power.”

Whitney Ksiazek and Ben Evansky contributed to this report.

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