Senate measure to punish Palestinians doesn't pass

WASHINGTON -- A US Senate amendment that would have penalized Palestinians for seeking non-member state status at the United Nations was not attached to its intended law in a vote Tuesday.
The National Defense Authorization Act, passed late Tuesday, did not include among its amendments one that would cut funding to the Palestinians should they use their status, gained last week, to seek charges against Israel in international courts.
The amendment also would have shuttered the Palestine Liberation Organization office in Washington until the Palestinians returned to peace talks with Israel.