Earlier this year, HR 4681, the "Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006" passed the House overwhelmingly. A milder version, S. 2370 passed the Senate as well. Because the two bills were different, they did not become law. Today, however, the House passed the Senate version of the bill by voice vote.
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S 2370 would severely restrict all funds to the Palestinian people, making humanitarian aid more difficult and would also severely limit diplomatic contacts with the duly elected Palestinian government. Since the US has not given direct aid to the Palestinian Authority in years, this bill will only stop funds that would not get into the hands of a Hamas-led PA anyway. It would also severely impact funding for UN programs designed to help the Palestinian people.
The Palestinian people have faced enormous hardships, even by their standards, in 2006. This bill will only make it worse.
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