A bipartisan House of Representatives resolution attacking Palestinian Authority “martyr payments” to terrorists and their families was introduced this week in memory of a New Jersey native who was killed by Hamas terrorists in Jerusalem in 1996.
On Tuesday, Congressman Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) announced a bipartisan “Resolution to Stop Rewarding Terrorists.”
In February 1996, a Palestinian terrrorist boarded a bus in Jerusalem and set off a massive bomb on Jaffa Road. Matt Eisenfeld, a 25-year-old rabbinical student, and Teaneck resident Sara Duker, a recent Barnard College graduate, were among the 26 people killed. A paramedic found their bodies side by side, still in their seats, according to The Bus on Jaffa Road, a book about terror attacks in Israel.
Co-sponsored by Reps. Tom Reed (R-NY) and Max Rose (D-NY), the House resolution reaffirmed support for the 2018 Taylor Force Act, which suspended U.S. payments to the Palestinian Authority until the policy of “martyr payments” was verifiably and publicly ended.
“Nearly twenty-five years since the terrorist attack which killed innocent American citizens, including Sara Duker, from my District, the Palestinian Authority continues to reward terrorist perpetrators with generous ‘martyr payments,’” Gottheimer said in a statement. “This brutal practice is indefensible, and should be condemned by all who care about justice and human rights.”
“There are few clearer examples of bias and double standards than supporting the hostile and antisemitic BDS movement while turning a blind eye to rewarding terrorism,” he added.