Application of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1987 to Diplomatic Visit of Palestinian Delegation

Headnotes: 

Section 1003(2) of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1987, which prohibits the expenditure of funds from the Palestine Liberation Organization in the United States to further the PLO’s interests, is unconstitutional to the extent it prevents the exercise of the Presi-dent’s Article II authorities to receive public ministers and to determine the manner in which the Executive engages in diplomacy with foreign representatives. The ATA therefore does not prevent PLO representatives invited by the State Department to Washington, D.C., from spending PLO funds to attend diplomatic meetings with Ex-ecutive Branch officials, including for expenses that are necessary incidents to those meetings.

Updated November 2, 2022