Wednesday, February 15, 2023

President Joe Biden Funds the PLO's "Pay for Slay" Jew-Killing Program

On Monday, I wrote about how biased media coverage of Arab terrorist attacks against Jewish people gives aid and comfort to the terrorists. It is important to note that perhaps the biggest sponsor of these terrorist attacks--to the tune of over $1 billion--is President Joe Biden's administration. The PLO's "Pay for Slay" program provides $2000-$3000 per month to terrorists who are imprisoned in Israel for killing Jews. Killing Jews pays five times more than being a teacher in that part of the world. The PLO's priorities could not be clearer. As Arab/Muslim terrorists often proudly declare, "We love death more than you love life." Self-proclaimed "progressives" who bash Israel while ignoring Arab atrocities are not only endangering the lives of Jews but they are encouraging a death-affirming culture that poses a threat to freedom and peace everywhere.

The PLO has publicly stated "Our war is with the Jews." Their war is not about national liberation or opposing colonialism or any of the empty slogans that self-proclaimed "progressives" and other fellow travelers use to justify and excuse the PLO's main raison d'etre: killing Jews.

America First Legal has filed suit against President Biden and Secretary of State Blinken to demand that Biden and Blinken abide by the stipulations of the Taylor Force Act and stop funding the Palestinian Authority, which is run by the PLO. Here is a statement from America First Legal Senior Counsel Reed D. Rubinstein:

Last Sabbath, seven innocent people were murdered at their house of worship by a Palestinian terrorist. In response to this news, tens of thousands of Palestinians took to the streets to hand out candy and "celebrate" the heinous crime, just as they did after 9/11. Violating both the letter and spirit of the Taylor Force Act, the Biden Administration has given over a billion U.S. taxpayer dollars to benefit the Palestinian Authority knowing full well that this money means more terror, more corruption, and more death. As the Palestinians brag about the cash bounties paid for each dead and wounded Israeli, Biden merely winks, and writes them another massive check.

West Point graduate Taylor Force was a U.S. Army veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who was murdered by Arab terrorists in Israel. His parents Stuart and Robbi Force declared:

My wife and I continue to be very upset about the murderous actions by Palestinian terrorists in Israel, with the most recent victims being the death of seven innocent people and five injured as they were leaving synagogue this past Friday night in Jerusalem, followed by the attempted murder of a father and son by a 13-year-old Palestinian terrorist the next morning.  The Taylor Force Act, named after our son, was passed by Congress and signed by President Trump to stop this Pay to Slay. Yet the Biden Administration has resumed payments to the PA notwithstanding its Pay to Slay program. Until the maiming and murder of innocents stops, there will be no hope for peace. And, until the Biden Administration stops facilitating Palestinian terrorism, the PA has no reason to stop its reprehensible behavior. For the sake of the thousands horrifically impacted now and in the future, Robbi and I call upon President Biden to stop sending fungible taxpayer dollars to the PA that will end up funding terrorism.

Donald Trump was a distasteful candidate for President for reasons that you do not have to be a self-proclaimed "progressive" to understand; life-long conservatives have publicly condemned him and refused to support him. That being said, Joe Biden has been a terrible President in many ways--including his defining moment when he facilitated the triumph of the Taliban--but one of the most distasteful is his staunch support for terrorism against Jews, a policy which is not only immoral but is contrary to the interests of the United States specifically and Western democracies broadly. President Biden and Vice President Harris can spare all of us their empty statements about valuing diversity and their vacuous photo opportunities during various Jewish holidays; those words and deeds are less than meaningless when accompanied by providing money used to pay terrorists who slaughter Jewish men, women, and children. 

Sadly, President Franklin Roosevelt's abandonment of the Jewish people during the Holocaust did little to reduce his popularity among Jewish voters, so there is not much reason to think that President Biden's funding of anti-Jewish terrorism will reduce his popularity among Jewish voters. We must hope that both parties put forth better candidates in 2024, and that voters choose wisely.


  1. This is chilling, and I wish it was not overlooked by the media. On another note, why is a Jewish person like Antony Blinken helping sponsor the slaughter of Jews in Israel? And why do around 70% of Jewish Americans consistently vote for antisemitic Democrats like Obama and Biden who directly sponsor the killing of innocent Jews? It is so puzzling.

  2. Anonymous: I also wish that mainstream media outlets covered this story instead of ignoring it.

    Regarding the voting patterns of American Jews, secular American Jews consistently prefer the Democratic Party, while American Jews who are more religious tend to vote Republican. Since most American Jews are secular, most American Jews vote for the Democratic Party.

    Neither party is consistently putting forth great candidates at the moment, but American Jewish voting patterns tend to be based more on party loyalty than candidate quality; that is true of other ethnic groups as well: people who tend to prefer one party for whatever reason tend to be loyal to that party regardless of candidate quality. However, the general American public seems to be divided roughly 40% Democrat, 40% Republican and 20% swing vote (with the swing vote deciding national elections), but the Jewish vote tends to consistently be 70-80% Democrat. I don't think that there is one simple answer to explain this; the pattern of behavior is well known and has been consistent for several decades, but why that pattern of behavior exists is more difficult to explain. Many ethnic groups' voting patterns have changed and evolved over time for a variety of reasons, but the Jewish voting pattern is remarkably consistent, which is a fascinating sociological phenomenon.

  3. Thanks for your answer. I think this goes beyond party loyalty in spite of "candidate quality." If a politician is an antisemite who wants to directly fund the killing of Jews in Israel, that's not merely an issue of "candidate quality." It is understandable why party loyalty may be the deciding factor in spite of questionable stances by a candidate on a whole host of issues. But it is puzzling why a group of people would vote for politicians who are openly bigoted towards them and want to exterminate them. It would be analogous to Black Americans supporting the KKK. Yes, the KKK is not a political party, so it is not a perfect analogy. But it is difficult to think of an analogous situation.

  4. Anonymous: I suspect that American Jews who voted for Biden (1) did not expect him to fund the killing of Jews in Israel and (2) considered Donald Trump to be such a reprehensible candidate that they would not vote for him no matter how distasteful his opponent might be. It is worth noting that even though many of Donald Trump's policies were better for Israel (and thus for America) than Joe Biden's policies, there are many supporters of Israel who were less than enthusiastic about Trump's self-proclaimed "Deal of the Century" because it paves the way for the creation of an independent Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan River, an event which would pose a grave threat to Israel's existence (and regional stability, as such a state's main "export" would be terrorism).

    Obama and Biden are overtly hostile to Israel and refuse to accept the results of Israel's democratic elections, but a cynic could wonder if Trump truly cares about Israel or if his policies were influenced by (1) possible financial gains (does he benefit economically in a direct or indirect way by promoting the creation of an independent Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan River?) and by (2) hoping to sway enough of the Jewish vote away from the Democrats to make a difference in the election. Trump's recent comments about Jewish voters not being grateful enough to him suggests a cynical quality to his policies: did he base his policies on what is right and just, or on what he thought would benefit him? I will mention again a Garry Kasparov comment that I have quoted several times; Kasparov noted that America used to be about the pursuit of excellence, but recent American elections are about choosing the lesser of two evils.


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