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Initiative for Palestinian Authority Accountability and Reform


In his speech before a joint session of Congress, in Washington on July 19, 2023, Israeli President Isaac Herzog said, “Palestinian terror against Israel or Israelis undermines any possibility for a future of peace between our peoples… Terror is not a bump in the road. Terror is hatred and bloodshed. It contradicts humanity’s most basic principles of peace… The younger generation of Israelis and Palestinians deserve better. They are all worthy of a future to look towards, a future of peace and prosperity. A future of hope.”

The Initiative for Palestinian Authority Accountability and Reform (IPAAR) strives to influence decision-makers in both Israel and the international community to hold the Palestinian Authority to account for its continuous, systematic, and fundamental breaches of the internationally witnessed and guaranteed Oslo Accords.

IPAAR encompasses the IPAAR website, the “Oslo at 30” compendium, and JCPA’s September 4, 2023 conference.

JCPA’s compendium has been released on the 30th anniversary of the Oslo Accords, which have not materialized as their proponents had hoped. JCPA scholars and analysts, who have scrutinized the unfolding of this process over three decades, have written a series of articles expounding on the failures of Oslo and assessing the possibilities for a requisite change of direction.

IPAAR focuses on both the Palestinian Authority’s malfeasance towards Israel and Jews, including, inter alia, terror promotion, antisemitism, “Apartheid” propaganda, international lawfare against the State of Israel, on the one hand, and the widespread corruption and abuse of human rights of the Palestinians by the Palestinian Authority, on the other.

The IPAAR website provides an extensive database of information regarding the practices and policies of the Palestinian Authority that undermine the goal of achieving peace between Israel and the Palestinians and advocate that both the Israeli and foreign governments hold the PA accountable for these actions.

The IPAAR project and website provide critical research-based analysis on the steps needed to reform the Palestinian Authority, and turn it from being an obstacle to peace into a vehicle that promotes a future of peace, prosperity, and hope for both Israelis and Palestinians.

IPAAR objectives:

  • Force the PA to moderate its violent incitement against Israel and Jews.
  • Cease the Palestinian Authority’s subversion of Israel’s existence as the nation-state of the Jewish people on the world stage.
  • Expose the PA’s antisemitic rhetoric and political warfare in international institutions.
  • Develop and deepen Western critical discourse on the PA narrative.
  • Upgrade Israel’s peace profile in the West.
  • Promote a moderate Palestinian Authority that will advance a free and democratic society that truly represents the interests of Palestinians

In 2016, the Jerusalem Center launched a pathbreaking research initiative documenting the Palestinian Authority’s official payments to terrorists and their families. This led to legislation both in Israel and the U.S. Congress (the Taylor Force Act) that conditioned aid to the Palestinian Authority on the cessation of these terror-incentivization payments. The Jerusalem Center is expanding the anti-“Pay for Slay” initiative to hold the Palestinian Authority to account for its widespread corruption, “apartheid” propaganda, and international lawfare against the State of Israel.

IPAAR website