The late Taylor Force, Vanderbilt U. Owens Graduate School of Management
The late Taylor Force, West Point Class of 2009, who served an Artillery officer in both Afghanistan and Iraq, was killed by a 22 year old Palestinian Jihad Bashar Masalh from Qalqilya in the West Bank (Samaria) at a seaside restaurant in Jaffa near Tel Aviv. Masalh has just returned from Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Qalqiyla, we hasten to add, lies than 12 kilometers from the Mediterranean Coast of Israel. We posted on Force’s illustrious family USMA and military legacy in our post, “More on Taylor Force, USMA 09”. Force’s murderer who was gunned down by Israeli police was praised by Fatah and its terrorist wing, Al Aksa Brigade as a Shahid or Martyr, a hero of the Palestinian people. The Palestinian Authority announced payment to his family of $2,000 a month, a tidy sum given the economic status of most Palestinians save for the corrupt PA President , Mahmoud Abbas, his family and PLO cronies. The shocking revelation of Taylor’s murder and those of more than 30 Israelis killed in the wave of violence perpetrated by PA incitement since September 2015 was who funded the Palestinian Authority payment to Masalha’s family in Qalqilya and the families of more than 174 Palestinian jihadis taken down by Israeli border police and the IDF?
Daniel Greenfield revealed in a Front Page Magazine article, the surprising source of the PA payments to the Palestinian Shahids ,” How US Taxpayers Funded the Murder of an Iraq Vet in Israel.”
Bashar Masalha, the Islamic terrorist who murdered Force, was shot dead by Israeli police around the time that Biden was hanging out a mile away at the Peres Center for Peace. But Biden and his boss signed the checks to Iran and the Palestinian Authority that motivated and rewarded Force’s killer.
Masalha came from Qalqilya which is under the civil control of the Palestinian Authority. Its mayor, Othman Dawood, is a member of Fatah, the core political organization behind the PLO and the Palestinian Authority. Fatah celebrated the murder of Taylor Force and other victims of the attack, praising Masalha as a “heroic martyr”. It named him and two other terrorist attackers as “the pride of all of the young Palestinians” and urged future terrorists to go on killing in their name.
Palestinian Authority television called the terrorist who murdered an American, a Shahid, a martyr for Islam. And the Palestinian Authority’s support for the murder of Taylor Force doesn’t just end there.
The Palestinian Authority pays terrorists based on the amount of harm they caused and the resulting jail sentence. Had Masalha survived his attack on Taylor Force and the other victims, he would have likely been paid $2,000 a month for his act of terror. That’s pretty good money in a place where $2,000 is more like an annual income. It’s so good that that there’s no shortage of terrorists eager to kill for cash.
And the Palestinian Authority has no shortage of money to pay Muslim terrorists to kill Americans and Israelis because the terror organization which claims to be a state is subsidized by the United States with billions of dollars. In 2014, the PA spent $144 million on payments to convicted terrorists. Its terror budget benefited from Obama boosting 2014 foreign aid to the PA to $440 million. For “peace”.
Masalha is dead and will not receive the blood money he was hoping for from the Palestinian Authority, but he died knowing that his family will still be paid for his crime. In just one year, the PA paid out $78 million to the families of terrorists. Masalha’s family will receive money each month for the murder of Taylor Force. That money will come from American taxpayers. It will come from you.
Greenfield also noted the promise of Ayatollah Khamenei to pay Palestinian shahids flush with the release of $100 billion sequestered funds impounded in foreign banks under UN and US sanctions, plus the $1.7 billion accumulated interest from impounded arm sales:
Obama signed off on Iran’s nuclear program. As part of that deal, Iran got $100 billion in sanctions relief. And he generously threw in a check from the American people to the Shiite terror state for $1.7 billion.
After 9/11, Biden told staffers, “Seems to me this would be a good time to send, no strings attached, a check for $200 million to Iran.” Obama added plenty of interest to that check and Iran quickly began putting that money to good use in its weapons programs and its terror financing.
As part of its celebration, Iran announced that it would pay $7,000 to the families of terrorists in Israel.
On top of the American taxpayer money that the family of Taylor Force’s killer will receive from the Palestinian Authority, they will also receive blood money from Iran.
And what about those Saudi payments, too?
Funding terrorism is popular in the Muslim world. The Saudis were funneling $5,300 to the families of dead terrorists in Israel. And they are not alone. These days some of that money has been diverted to Islamic holy wars in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and any number of other places where Allahu Akbar is shouted as heads roll and bombs go off, but the checks are still being cut to Muslim terrorists in Israel.
Force was not the only American killed in the Palestinian wave of terrorism. Note these other victims:
Taylor Force is not alone. He is the second American to be murdered by Muslim terrorists in Israel this year. Americans murdered by Islamic terrorists in Israel last year included Richard Lakin, a 76-year-old former elementary school principal from Connecticut, Rabbi Eitan Henkin, a father of four who was driving his family home, and Ezra Schwartz, a Massachusetts teenager on a mission of mercy.
Many other Americans have been stabbed, shot at, wounded, stoned and terrorized. And the money funding their attackers came out of their own pockets.
Obama has poured billions into the Palestinian Authority. These vast sums of money have not led to peace. They have not convinced Abbas to negotiate in good faith with Israel. Instead those billions have helped finance Islamic terrorism. It’s time for the United States to stop funding terrorists.
It’s clear that this administration will not do the right thing. But if its successor does not stop paying terrorists to kill, then Taylor Force will not be the last American victim of taxpayer subsidized terrorism.
And their blood will be on his or her hands.