Doesn’t sound like an accident they funded this charity.
One of the country’s largest Muslim organizations gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to a Hamas-linked charity, and vocally supported an Egyptian Islamist group, QMI Agency has learned.
The Muslim Association of Canada (MAC), based in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, Ontario owns or operates at least 20 Islamic schools and 15 mosques in Ontario, Alberta and Quebec.
MAC’s website says the group is centred around “holistic educational and spiritual development” and “has no organizational link or affiliation with other organizations.”
However, QMI obtained an RCMP search warrant linking the group to IRFAN-Canada, a banned charity group and a listed terrorist organization also based in Mississauga.
The Mounties, citing Canada Revenue Agency disclosure, say: “The Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) provided $296,514 between 2001 and 2010″ to IRFAN-Canada.”
The Conservative government declared IRFAN-Canada a terrorist group on April 29, 2014 — one day after the Mounties raided the charity.
The government said “between 2005 and 2009, IRFAN-Canada transferred approximately $14.6-million worth of resources to various organizations associated with Hamas.”
Hamas’s charter calls for the destruction of Israel.
IRFAN-Canada’s Ottawa-based lawyer, Yavar Hameed, had no comment on Tuesday. The group is fighting its terrorist designation in Federal Court.
The Mounties obtained their warrant as part of Project Sapphire, involving surveillance, wiretaps and undercover operatives in the Toronto and Montreal area. The warrant led to a raid on IRFAN’s Mississauga headquarters and a Montreal apartment on April 28, 2014. Investigators seized computer files, donation forms, and promotional videos that “demonize Israel.”
The RCMP wouldn’t say if its investigation is ongoing.
The Muslim Association of Canada bills itself as a “religious, educational, social, charitable and non-profit organization” whose “roots are deeply enshrined in the message of Prophet Mohammed.”
However, the 113-page RCMP warrant shows the Mississauga group was under police surveillance for alleged terrorist financing as recently as last year. The warrant mentions an alleged transaction that took place at Al-Radwah Mosque, a MAC facility in north-end Montreal.
“(REDACTED) was observed on March 6, 2014, exiting the MAC location in Montreal carrying an 8 1/2 by 14-inch yellow envelope in his hand,” the warrant reads. “It is possible that (REDACTED) is still accepting donations on behalf of IRFAN from the MAC in Montreal.”
On the public stage, MAC has spoken out against violence, most recently in October when terrorists killed a soldier at Parliament Hill and another near Montreal.
At the time, MAC said it was “horrified by these acts of violence” and “stand(s) with all Canadians in condemning these attacks.”
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