2002-07-06 / Community

Weiner: ‘Stop Funding Palestinian Terrorism’

Weiner: â018Stop Funding Palestinian Terrorism'

Parents, children, and spouses of New Yorkers are among the hundreds of innocents who have fallen victim to Palestinian terrorism in Israel over the last four years.  But as the bloodshed has escalated, so too has U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority, amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars a year.  Representative Anthony Weiner and the local families Palestinian terror victims gathered recently to remember lost loved ones, and to call for an end of U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority.

Since 1999, Palestinian terror has claimed over 560 lives in Israel, including some with close ties to New York and New Jersey.  But U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority has increased every year, including over $280 million this year, and over $700 million over the past four years.

Local Families that have been victims of Palestinian Terror include: * Shoshana Greenbaum, age 31, was killed on August 9, 2001.  A teacher at the Hebrew Academy of Long Beach, Shoshana was taking a six week masters course on Jewish education, in Israel.  She was killed in a Sbarro restaurant by a homicide bomber.  Her husband Steven works for the New York City Transit Financial Analysis Unit, and lives in New Jersey.

* Shimon, Ron, and Gal Coren, ages 55, 18, and 15, were killed on March 31, 2002.  Shimon and his two sons, Ron and Gal, were enjoying a meal in an Israeli café called Haifa.

While Shimon was on the phone with his wife, he and the boys were killed by a homicide bomber.  Gabriel Coren, the boys' uncle and Shimon's brother in law, lives in New York City. 

* Yaakov Katz, age 51, was killed on April 27, 2002.  Yaakov was shot to death in the streets of the Adoro settlement by two Palestinian gunmen, dressed in Israeli military uniforms. The gunmen had already killed several women and children in their homes, including a five year old girl.  Yaakov's daughter Anat, lives in New Jersey.

* Mark Sokolow, his wife Rena and two of their daughters, Jamie, age 12, and Lauren, age 16, were all hospitalized as the result of a homicide bomber on January 27.  In January, Mark, Rena, Jamie, and Lauren traveled to Israel to visit eldest daughter Elana, who was studying there for a year.  While sight seeing in Jerusalem, the four were caught in the bomb blast of a homicide bomber, outside of a shoe store. All four were taken to different hospitals, and none knew where the others were for hours. They were hospitalized for a range of 1 to 10 days, with everything from shrapnel injuries to burns and bone fractures.  The Sokolow's live in New York City.

More Palestinian aid means more bloodshed.

"The names and faces of local victims of Palestinian terror are a solemn reminder of how every homicide bombing truly hits close to home," said Rep. Weiner.  "There is no moral justification for these acts of terror, and the time has come for the United States to stop rewarding the
Palestinian Authority with millions of dollars.  Only when the Palestinians halt violence against Israel, and stop taking innocent lives should the United States consider a resumption of aid."

In 2000, Rep. Weiner became the first Member of Congress to respond to Palestinian terrorism with legislation aimed at ending non-humanitarian aid to the Palestinian Authority.  His legislation, H.R. 1087, To Prohibit United States Assistance for the Palestinian Authority and for Programs, Projects, and Activities in the West Bank and Gaza, is currently before the House Committee on International Relations.

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