Monday, July 21, 2014

Islamic Relief Canada - Is it Funding HAMAS?

The charity registered as Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), which has its head office in the United Kingdom, is garnering new attention.  The IRW was designated as a terrorist entity on 19 June 2014 by the Israeli government which claimed it was funding HAMAS.  As noted in its own charter in paragraph two, HAMAS is a part of the Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine and the Muslim Brotherhood is a global organization.

For its part, the IRW has claimed that it is not associated to HAMAS and stated that:

QUOTE Islamic Relief Worldwide receives support from various UN agencies including UNICEF, WFP, FAO, UNDP, UNFPA and UNHCR and other institutional donors such as the European Commission, the European Commission Humanitarian Office and numerous government aid donors. END QUOTE.

The IRW has offices in Canada and the USA.  It is registered as a charity in Canada (CRA number 821896875RR0001).  Its website says that it has received either an award or recognition from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). 

Now new information is being revealed.  According to the website “Money Jihad” the Islamic Relief Agency has programs staffed by HAMAS. Money Jihad furthers this by saying that the IRW:

QUOTE Raises substantial funds from institutional donors, government funding, and zakat from individual Muslim donors. IRW also receives money from its affiliates around the world, including millions of dollars in gifts from Islamic Relief USA (IR-USA).  IRW then sends money to field offices and partnering organizations in the Palestinian territories. END QUOTE

The office of the IRW in Canada is Islamic Relief Canada. The head of the Canadian charity, according to the Canada Revenue Agency website, is Hany al-Banna, the same individual who is head of the UK based charity.  It is not clear if Mr. Hany al-Banna is related to the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hassan al-Banna.  Mr. al-Banna says he is not, but at the same time says his family is from the same area and heard the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood speak.

Other individuals who have been, or are now on the board of directors of Islamic Relief Canada, include such well known figures as Dr. El-Tantawy ATTIA, Dr. Yasser HADDARA and Dr Mohamed ABU-ELMAGD.

Dr. ATTIA is a leading figure in the Muslim Association of Canada as well as being head of the Toronto Masjid.  Rather famously, Dr. ATTIA, told the press in 2011 that  QUOTE Here (Toronto Masjid) we follow the teachings of the Muslim Brotherhood. END QUOTE. 

Dr. ATTIA's son in law is currently in jail in Egypt.  Khaled al-QAZZAZ was the Foreign Secretary for the Muslim Brotherhood's government of Egypt when Dr. Morsi was President.  His daughter, Sarah, was a leading figure in the Muslim Student Association and left Canada to go to Egypt with Mr. QAZZAZ.  

Dr. Yasser HADDARA of McMaster University is also well known in national and international circles.  Like his better-known brother Dr. Wael HADDARA, he was also a political adviser to Dr Morsi when he was the Muslim Brotherhood's President of Egypt.  Yasser HADDARA has also been a leading figure in the Muslim Association of Canada, Cordoba House and the Muslim America Society Youth Division.  His brother Wael HADDARA was also a founding director of IRFAN (The International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy) which lost its CRA status as a charity in 2011 for fraud and for funding terrorism (HAMAS).  IRFAN was also designated a terrorist entity in 2014 by the Minister of Public Safety and may be facing criminal charges following recent raids by the RCMP of their premises in Toronto and an associated residence in Montreal.  Dr. Wael HADDARA also has strong ties to CAIR CAN/NCCM, the organization which has repeatedly stated it will sue the Government of Canada after a PMO spokesman said that CAIR CAN/NCMM had ties to HAMAS.  The lawsuit has not gone ahead, despite two claims that it will.

In addition to being on the board of directors for Islamic Relief Canada, Dr. Mohamed ABU-ELMAGD is a Professor of Electrical Power Engineering at Cairo University. He obtained his doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Canada’s McMaster University following a Masters in Engineering from Cairo University, Egypt.

The Money Jihad report also states that: 

QUOTE:  Canada Revenue Agency, which has been extremely successful in taking prompt action to remove the tax-exempt status from terror financing charities, should also review Islamic Relief Canada’s projects. END QUOTE

For more on IRFAN and other related Muslim Brotherhood issues in Canada see: 

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