Kudos to Rep. David Cicilline


On behalf of the Rhode Island Coalition for Israel (RICI), Christians and Jews working together in support of the nation of Israel, I want to publicly thank Rep. David Cicilline for his support and signing of the Taylor Force Act. This bill has been critical to Israel and the Jewish community. By stopping payments to the Palestinian Authority for “pay to slay,” we pray it will halt the incentive to murder innocent victims. On Nov. 15, the House Foreign Affairs Committee, of which Cicilline is a member, approved the bill by unanimous vote.

When we first spoke to his staff at his Washington, D.C., office in July, we were told that he was not supporting the bill. At his town hall meeting in Lincoln, he was non-committal. But after an organized telephone and email campaign by RICI, I received a personal phone call from him at my home on the very afternoon of the vote to tell me it had passed.

I want to express my personal gratitude to Cicilline for his prompt phone call informing me of the unanimous decision to pass HR1164. Kudos! 

May we all enjoy this holiday season as we express our grateful hearts to our God for the great country we live in.

LuAnn Pezzullo

Bristol, R.I.

The writer is a member of the Taylor Force Act Task Force of RICI