The Palestinian Authority regularly incites violence against Israelis, and then rewards terrorists and their families with a lifetime salary or pension worth more than most Palestinians could ever hope to earn. In 2017, this “Pay to Slay” program handed out over $350 million in payments for terrorism. In 2018, the Palestinian Authority increased its budget for this program to $405 million. For many years, American tax dollars given to the Palestinian Authority as foreign aid intended for humanitarian services and civil government programs were effectively redirected into this slush fund for terrorists. CUFI was the first major pro-Israel organization to strongly support the Taylor Force Act in the United States, which will cut off most American foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority until our State Department can certify that the Pay to Slay program has been shut down.


Footage Shows Palestinian Suspect Lobbing Firebomb At IDF Soldier

A Palestinian man was filmed hurling a Molotov cocktail at an IDF soldier in the West Bank Saturday evening, according to Israeli media reports.
Surveillance footage of the incident shows the man exit his car stopped at a checkpoint, located near the settlement of Kdumim, and slowly approach the soldier.
After speaking together for a…


The First Palestinian Uprising

CUFI Coffee Break
Lesson 45
A four-year period of violence and terrorism broke out on December 8, 1987 after rumors spread in Gaza that Israel had killed four Palestinians in retaliation for an Israeli who had been stabbed to death. Huge riots soon broke out among the Palestinians, and each additional death added fuel to the fire. In the eyes of…


Palestinian National Identity: Ancient or Relatively Recent

CUFI’s Coffee Break – Lesson 24
Palestinian National Identity: Ancient or Relatively Recent
Soon after the rebirth of the modern state of Israel, the Jewish state began developing its state infrastructure and fighting off multiple threats to its existence. Meanwhile, the Palestinian nationalist ideology continued to establish itself. There are…


US Army Private Charged in Neo-Nazi Plot to Attack Own Troops Pleads Not Guilty

A US Army private who according to federal prosecutors confessed to his role in plotting a deadly attack on his own military unit pleaded not guilty to charges he shared secret information about the unit with a neo-Nazi group.

Ethan Melzer, 22, entered his plea on Monday before US Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn in Manhattan, at a hearing…


Rocket Fired at US Green Zone in Iraq, Child Wounded

‘It fell near a house, wounded a child and damaged the home,’ Iraqi military sources said

A pair of rocket attacks targeted American diplomatic and military installations overnight, Iraq’s security forces said Sunday, a week after unprecedented arrests prevented a similar attack.
One rocket was fired at the high-security Green Zone where the US…


Mossad Said to Foil Iranian Attacks on Israeli Embassies in Europe, Elsewhere

The Mossad spy agency recently foiled planned or attempted Iranian attacks on Israeli diplomatic missions in Europe and elsewhere, according to a report Monday.

The report by Channel 12 said the names of the countries where attacks were prevented remain under censorship, but cooperation with them helped to thwart the attacks.

“Frustration is…


Russia Did Pay Extremists to Attack US soldiers in Afghanistan, According to 3 Separate Taliban Sources

Taliban commanders have confirmed that Russia has offered financial and material support to its members in exchange for attacking US forces in Afghanistan.

The practice was first reported on Friday by The New York Times, which cited US intelligence officials.

Three separate Taliban sources told Insider they were aware of Russian bounty payments…


Russian Spy Unit Paid Taliban to Attack Americans, U.S. Intelligence Says

A Russian spy unit paid members of Afghanistan’s Taliban movement to conduct lethal attacks on U.S. troops in that country, according to a classified American intelligence assessment, people familiar with the report said.

The assessment of the role played by Russia’s military intelligence agency, the GRU, in fostering attacks on American…


Iraq Arrests 13 Pro-Iran Militia Members After String of Anti-US Rocket Attacks

Iraqi police arrested 13 pro-Iran fighters early Friday from the Hezbollah Brigade, a Shi’ite militia in the country not to be confused with Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
The elite Counter-Terrorism Service raided headquarters in southern Baghdad used by the brigade, also known as Brigade 45 of the al-Shaabi military force.
“Based on intelligence…


Rocket Attack Near US Base in Iraq Amid US-Iraq Dialogue

Reports on Saturday evening said a rocket had landed near Camp Taji, a large base in Iraq that has housed US-led coalition personnel. Iraq’s Security Media Cell confirmed the attack and said two rockets had struck the base and caused limited damage. It comes in the context of US-Iraq strategic dialogue and tensions between the US and Iran.


Israeli Security Forces Thwart Terror Attack in Samaria

A terror attack on the Samarian community of Itamar was prevented Tuesday night when local civilian security forces spotted a man trying to cut through the security fence around the town.

According to a statement by the Samaria Regional Council, Itamar’s civilian security team held the suspect until the Israeli military arrived on the scene.


Report: Jordan Arrests Five Over West Bank Suicide Attack Plot

Jordan is holding a trial for five suspects involved in an alleged plot to conduct suicide attacks against Israeli targets in the West Bank, AFP reported Tuesday.
According to a judiciary source cited by the agency, the trial began recently at the state security court, a military tribunal that usually deals with terrorism-related cases.


EU Parliament Raises Alarm Over Hate Speech and Incitement in Palestinian Textbooks

The European Parliament passed three resolutions on Thursday expressing concern that Palestinian educational materials contained hate speech and incitement to violence.

The resolutions noted “the need to guarantee that no Union funds … are used to finance textbooks and educational material which incite religious radicalization, intolerance,…


Border Police Vehicle Burnt Down by Firebombs Near Jerusalem

A Border Police vehicle burnt down after being attacked with firebombs near the Palestinian city of Abu Dis, east of Jerusalem, the Police Spokesperson’s Unit reported Friday morning.

According to police, the forces were attacked by locals during an operation near the West Bank Separation Fence. No casualties were reported by law enforcement….


Jordan conducts military maneuvers simulating war with Israel

(November 27, 2019 / MEMRI) The Jordanian Army conducted a series of military maneuvers this week simulating an attempted invasion of the kingdom, but which also appeared to be a message to Israel.

The maneuvers, which took place on Nov. 25, 2019 in the presence of Jordan’s King Abdullah II, were named “Swords of Karameh,” in an apparent…


Firebomb thrown at police post on Temple Mount as fresh violence erupts

A firebomb was thrown at a police position on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on Tuesday, prompting officers to make a number of arrests and close off access to the holy site, which has seen soaring tensions in recent weeks over a long-sealed area.

The police had no comment on any injuries in the attack.

“A short while ago, on the Temple Mount, a…


Op-ed in official PA daily calls US peace envoy a ‘mongoloid’

An opinion piece published in the Palestinian Authority’s official newspaper called US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace envoy a “mongoloid,” a pejorative term for someone who has Down syndrome, drawing a sharp rebuke from the American ambassador to Israel.

The column by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, which appeared in Sunday’s edition of Al-Hayat…


Rejecting Israeli ‘piracy,’ Abbas says payments to ‘martyrs’ will continue

Israel’s decision to deduct welfare payments to Palestinian security prisoners and their families from tax and tariff revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority is an act of piracy, PA President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday.

Speaking during a meeting of Palestinian leaders in Ramallah, Abbas said that the PA will refuse to…