Lawmakers warn Palestinian actions could suspend US aid
By Rebecca Shabad
June 25, 2015
lawmakers are warning the Palestinian Authority (PA) that its economic
assistance from the United States could be suspended because of its decision to
initiate charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
formally submitting allegations against Israeli forces to the ICC Chief
Prosecutor, President [Mahmoud] Abbas has triggered a provision in U.S. law that
suspends all economic assistance to the PA,” Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), the top
Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, said in a statement.
Thursday, the PA submitted evidence to the ICC of alleged Israeli war crimes in
an effort to speed up an ICC inquiry into abuses that might have occurred during
last summer’s conflict in Gaza, according to reports.
said Congress crafted the law to prevent U.S. tax dollars from rewarding
“purposely provocative, unilateral steps” that threaten peace negotiations.
only do President Abbas’ actions indicate his abandonment of a two-state
agreement, they reveal his willingness to try to discredit Israel in the
international community at the expense of the economic and humanitarian
wellbeing of the Palestinian people,” Lowey added.
and other top appropriators have repeatedly warned the PA against taking actions
against Israel at the ICC.
Kay Granger (R-Texas) authored a bill that would include language for PA
assistance in the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. On Thursday, she sent
out a reminder that the language includes limitations contingent on the PA’s
bill prohibits economic assistance to the Palestinian Authority if they initiate
or actively support an International Criminal Court investigation that subjects
Israeli nationals to an investigation for alleged crimes against
Palestinians,” she said in a statement.
In April, the PA became a member of the ICC, which the U.S. has said is not legitimate.