H.R. 2457 (112th): Palestinian Accountability Act

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of Jul 07, 2011 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2457

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 7, 2011

(for himself, Mr. Rooney, Mr. Gingrey of Georgia, Mr. Fleischmann, Mr. Wilson of South Carolina, Mr. Pitts, Mr. Westmoreland, Mr. Burton of Indiana, Mr. West, Mr. Grimm, Mr. Rogers of Alabama, Mr. Gallegly, Mr. Chaffetz, Mr. Canseco, Mr. Gohmert, Mr. Duncan of South Carolina, Mr. McClintock, Mr. Long, Mr. Franks of Arizona, Mr. Lamborn, Mr. Harris, Mr. Stutzman, Mr. Benishek, Mr. Scott of South Carolina, Mr. Kline, and Mr. Olson) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs

A BILL

To restrict funds for the Palestinian Authority, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Palestinian Accountability Act.

2.

Prohibition on use of the term Palestine in United States Government documents

(a)

In general

No United States Government document may refer to the areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority as Palestine until the Secretary of State certifies to Congress that the Palestinian Authority, at a minimum—

(1)

does not manipulate or inappropriately influence in any way the outcome of presidential or legislative elections in areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority;

(2)

is advancing democratic ideals by actively promoting human rights and ending government corruption through increased efficiency and transparency in all government agencies and initiatives;

(3)

regularly and strongly condemns terrorism;

(4)

has taken, and plans to continue to take, tangible steps to disavow terrorism, dismantle terrorist infrastructures, confiscate unauthorized weapons, arrest and bring terrorists to justice, consolidate and control the Palestinian security organizations, and end the incitement to violence and hatred in the Palestinian media, educational institutions, mosques, and other institutions;

(5)

has ceased to participate in any economic, educational, cultural, or other boycott of Israel, its citizens, its products, or its services;

(6)

has worked, and plans to continue to work, actively with the Government of Israel to implement the steps and adhere to the principles set out in the Performance-Based Roadmap to a Permanent Two-State Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict of 2003 (commonly referred to as the Roadmap to Peace) (or any successor to such) to bring security, peace, and reconciliation between Israel and the Palestinians;

(7)

recognizes Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state and conducts diplomatic relations with the State of Israel in the same manner and to the same extent as it conducts diplomatic relations with any other country; and

(8)

has either excluded Hamas from participating in a unity government or, if not, has required Hamas to explicitly and publicly support the requirements of paragraphs (1) to (7) of this subsection.

(b)

Nonwaivability

The prohibition under subsection (a) may not be waived for any purpose.

3.

Prohibition on United States funds to the Palestinian Authority

(a)

In general

No funds available to any United States Government department or agency to carry out the provisions of chapter 4 of part II of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 for any fiscal year may be obligated or expended with respect to providing funds to the Palestinian Authority unless with respect to such fiscal year—

(1)

an independent audit of the budget of the Palestinian Authority is conducted by a United States nongovernmental or private organization or entity and the Secretary of State submits the audit to Congress; and

(2)

the Secretary of State certifies to Congress that the Palestinian Authority, at a minimum, meets the requirements of paragraphs (1) to (8) of section 2(a) of this Act.

(b)

Effective date

This section takes effect on the date of the enactment of this Act and applies with respect to funds available for fiscal year 2012 and subsequent fiscal years.

4.

Prohibition on United States contributions to the United Nations

(a)

In general

Except as provided in section 5, no funds available to any United States Government department or agency for any fiscal year may be obligated or expended with respect to making contributions to the United Nations if the United Nations or any United Nations entity declares or recognizes statehood for the Palestinian territories unless with respect to such fiscal year the Secretary of State certifies to Congress that the Palestinian Authority, at a minimum, meets the requirements of paragraphs (1) to (8) of section 2(a) of this Act.

(b)

Effective date

This section takes effect on the date of the enactment of this Act and applies with respect to funds available for fiscal year 2012 and subsequent fiscal years.

5.

Prohibition on United States contributions to UNRWA

(a)

In general

No funds available to any United States Government department or agency for any fiscal year may be obligated or expended with respect to making contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) unless with respect to such fiscal year—

(1)

an independent audit of the budget of UNRWA is conducted by a United States nongovernmental or private organization or entity and the Secretary of State submits the audit to Congress; and

(2)

the Secretary of State certifies to Congress that UNRWA, at a minimum, meets the requirements applicable to the Palestinian Authority under paragraphs (1) to (3), (5), and (7) of section 2(a) of this Act, except that for purposes of meeting the requirements of paragraph (1) of such section, the term Palestinian Authority shall be deemed to be UNRWA.

(b)

Effective date

This section takes effect on the date of the enactment of this Act and applies with respect to funds available for fiscal year 2012 and subsequent fiscal years.