The Palestinian Authority told US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo it will no longer accept American dollars in protest of a new Anti-Terrorism law.
The “Anti-Terrorism Cooperation Act” (ATCA), which was passed in October, gives American courts the legal authority to hold foreign governments accountable for acts of terrorism against US citizens as long as those governments receive aid from the US.
In practice, US victims of Palestinian terror can sue the PA for its involvement in terror activity and ***receive financial compensation with money***that would have been given to the PA as financial aid.
The bill’s sponsor, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), said in September the law is “a carefully balanced approach to better ensure victims’ access to compensation and to hold supporters of terrorism accountable.”
However, the PA sees it as an open door for numerous terror lawsuits and would rather reject US aid.
“The Government of Palestine respectfully informs the United States Government that, as of January 31st, 2019, it fully disclaims and no longer wishes to accept any form of assistance referenced in ATCA” PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said in a letter obtained by National Public Radio.
“The Government of Palestine unambiguously makes the choice not to accept such assistance,” he added.