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Canada Bans Hamas Fundraisers

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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the 67th United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the 67th United Nations General Assembly in New York.
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Canada’s Ministry of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness has banned a Muslim charity that officials believe has funnelled more than C$15 million (US $13.7 million) to Hamas.

Lawyers for the International Relief Fund for Afflicted and Needy (IRFAN-Canada) slammed the decision, which now makes it a criminal offence “to knowingly deal in the property or finances of this entity.” 

“On its face, we believe it is an unfair and unconstitutional decision,” Ottawa-based lawyer Yavar Hameed told Canada’s National Post daily. 

The decision to ban the terror-financing group came after Royal Canadian Mounted Police raided IRFAN’s headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario, as well as a private residence in Montreal. Police officials told the newspaper,  “an extensive amount of documentary evidence along with stored media, money and other records were seized.”

In recent years, Canada has emerged in recent years as a consistently strong voice against terrorism, and as one of Israel’s staunches friends on the international stage. Knesset members greeted Prime Minister Stephen Harper with a standing ovation during his speech to Israel’s parliament during a state visit to Jerusalem in January. Then, he addressed the Knesset and pledged Canada’s ongoing support for the Jewish state. 

“Through fire and water, Canada will stand with you,” Harper said, and proceeded to accuse critics of Israel as “moral relativists” who criticise Israel unfairly “to go along (in order) to get along.” 

Perhaps the greatest testimony to Canada’s demonstrated commitment to support for Israel and to fighting terrorism came from Arab MK Ahmed Tibi, a former advisor to the late PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat. Tibi heckled Harper during his speech, and eventually stormed out of the Knesset plenum in protest.

Security expert David Harris, director of the International and Terrorist Intelligence Program of INSIGNIS Strategic Research, told the Canadian Jewish News that the move “suggests yet another situation in which Canada was vulnerable… as a kind of repository for extremist and related activity.”

“It bears noting that if between 2005 and 2009, $14.6 million was channelled to inappropriate recipients associated with Hamas, that seems to be an indictment of the delay… Given the amount of harm it could cause, it should give us pause,” Harris said.

Avi Tuchmayer

About the Author: Avi is a news writer for The Jewish Press. In the past, he has covered Israel and the Jewish world for Israel National News, Ami magazine and other international media.

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  1. What kind of Bible is “Matthew” in?

  2. Once again Canada stands to replace the US in support of Israel with less strings.

  3. Tal Babich says:

    and who still supports Hamas ? China…………

  4. Thank you . Wonderful. Blessings to Canada.

  5. Baba Booey says:

    Canada is a far better ally to Israel than Barack Hussein has ever been or ever will be!

  6. Alan Saul says:

    Good for them

  7. The American Government should sever their funding to Palestinian Government of the funds that inevitably will fall into the hands of the Hamas ! Otherwise they would appear to be making a substantial amount of money for being supporters of the Terrorist groups such as the Hamas !

  8. Ban them all back to their sandpiles! We came to the ‘New World” to get away from religious psychopaths. Now we’re infected with Liberalism, another psychopathic religion about “inclusion” of elements that don’t work together, then control over the mindless masses they have created with culture mixing and other confusion…

  9. Minh Ng says:

    I am proud of my Canada

  10. Edit Lipcs says:

    Thanks Canada <3

  11. Gene Strong says:

    Good for Canada


  13. Cherie Lewis says:

    Thanks to Stephen Harper!

  14. THANK YOU, G-D bless you Canada!

  15. CANADA HAS GOT “CAN” ATTITUDE. They CAN help Israel. They CAN partner with Yisrael. That’s the beauty of CAN.

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