CAIR Canada Alters Name to Dodge Islamist Links

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The Council on American Islamic Relations-Canada (CAIR-CAN) has changed its name to the National Council of Canadian Muslims, hoping to distance itself from the reputation of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity. It actually wants you to believe that CAIR-Canada isn’t connected to CAIR.

CAIR-CA made the announcement on July 6. It claims “there was never any operating or funding relationship between CAIR.CAN and CAIR.” The website is being reconstructed, but its previous one was a little less definitive about the relationship.

“CAIR-CAN is a fully independent and separate organization from the Washington D.C.-based CAIR, although the two may coordinate on issues of mutual concern,” it said.

Obviously, the Canadian branch wouldn’t share CAIR’s name if it wasn’t part of the same infrastructure. CAIR’s individual chapters are registered separately from CAIR-National, and CAIR-CAN is no different.

CAIR founder Omar Ahmad was wiretapped at a secret U.S. Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas meeting in Philadelphia in 1993. He said, “Registering an organization is easy. I can register 100 organizations in 100 cities in one day.” This was in the context of a discussion about creating new groups with the same overall agenda.

An Islamist named Jamal Badawi sits on CAIR-CAN's Board of Directors. His name appears in a 1992 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood directory.

Badawi’s website says he is “active” in the Islamic Society of North America, a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity and, like CAIR, is an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas-fundraising trial. ISNA’s website listed him as a “Member at Large” of its board until the website was renovated this year.

Badawi is also a founder of the Muslim American Society, which federal prosecutors said in 2008 was “founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.” In 2004, Abdurrahman Alamoudi, a convicted terrorist and formerly secret member of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, said “Everyone knows that MAS is the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Badawi himself is an unindicted co-conspirator in the aforementioned Hamas-funding trial because he raised money for the Holy Land Foundation, the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood “charity” in question. Five of its officials were found guilty of financing terrorism.

In 2009, Badawi referred to Hamas terrorists as “martyrs.” In 2010, he endorsed the “combative jihad” of Palestinians and Muslims who face “unprovoked aggression or to resist severe oppression.”

CAIR-CAN may technically not be the same thing as CAIR-National, but it’s still a branch of the same Islamist infrastructure.

Ryan Mauro is the ClarionProject.org’s National Security Analyst, a fellow with the Clarion Project and is frequently interviewed on Fox News.

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Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org