Bipartisan House Resolution Calls for Justice for Teaneck Resident & American Victim of Terrorism; Condemns Palestinian Authority Martyr Payments to Terrorists

Sep 23, 2020
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Victim’s Alma Mater Votes on Anti-Semitic BDS Movement this Week, as Palestinians Continue Pay-For-Slay Terrorism

On September 22, 2020, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) announced a bipartisan “Resolution to Stop Rewarding Terrorists” — H.Res.1131 — condemning the murder of Teaneck, NJ, native Sara Duker in the 1996 Jerusalem Jaffa Road bus bombings and calling for the Palestinian Authority to renounce martyr payments to terrorists.

Duker, a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, and high school graduate of Frisch School in Paramus, NJ, was one of the two Americans killed in the February 25, 1996, terrorist bombing in Jerusalem that killed 26 people.
 
According to public reporting, since Duker’s death, the terrorist who orchestrated the bus bombing — Hassan Salameh — has received nearly $300,000 in payments from the Palestinian Authority, more than $2,000 a month, while in jail for his role in this bombing and two others, which killed a total of 46 people.
 
The introduction of this resolution comes as Columbia College students at Columbia University vote on a non-binding Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) referendum on whether they believe the school should divest its holdings with companies that do business with Israel.
 
“Nearly twenty-five years since the terrorist attack which killed innocent American citizens, including Sara Duker, from my District, the Palestinian Authority continues to reward terrorist perpetrators with generous ‘martyr payments.’ This brutal practice is indefensible, and should be condemned by all who care about justice and human rights,” Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) said. “There are few clearer examples of bias and double standards than supporting the hostile and anti-Semitic BDS movement while turning a blind eye to rewarding terrorism.”
 
Gottheimer’s bipartisan resolution is cosponsored by Rep. Tom Reed (NY-23) and Rep. Max Rose (NY-11).
 
View the resolution HERE.
 

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