Congresswoman Martha McSally

Representing the 2nd District of Arizona

U.S. Rep. McSally Introduces Resolution Condemning Violence Against Israelis

October 21, 2015
Press Release

Resolution Urges Funding Freeze Until Palestinian Leaders Take Steps to End Violence

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today introduced a resolution expressing solidarity with the Israeli people and condemning the Palestinian Authority for inciting an atmosphere of violence. The resolution, which was cosigned by over 40 lawmakers in the House, calls on President Obama to freeze all U.S. funding to the Palestinian Authority until their leaders openly increase efforts to end their incitement of violence and stop the attacks.

Since September 13, nine people have been killed and dozens more wounded in at least 46 separate terrorist attacks against Israelis. The attacks have been carried out with knives, guns, and cars. Earlier this month, two Israeli parents were murdered in cold blood in front of their four young children.

“More horrific attacks against Israelis are carried out every day and the number of victims continues to grow,” said Rep. McSally. “Palestinian leaders have incited this violence, and the President needs to unequivocally condemn their actions and demand they step up efforts to thwart these attacks, something he’s failed to do. That’s why I’m leading my colleagues to call on President Obama to freeze all funding to the Palestinian Authority until their leaders take action to put an end to this bloodshed. Americans should not be sending their tax dollars to a regime that is inciting violence, does not support peace with their neighbors, and is working against U.S. interests in the region.” 

Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Ed Royce, who is holding a hearing tomorrow on the violence in Israel, said the following about Rep. McSally’s efforts on the issue:

“Congresswoman McSally has been a leader on this critical issue, authoring this important incitement resolution. The Palestinian Authority’s consistent, inflammatory incitement is deadly and must stop. I look forward to continue working with Congresswoman McSally as we help defend our ally Israel.”

Since the mid-1990s, the United States has donated over $5 billion in bilateral aid to the Palestinians, which is conditional on the pursuit of the peace process by Palestinians.

To read the full text of Rep. McSally’s resolution, click HERE