The purpose of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) is to take up issues to help combat war, poverty, civil unrest and human rights abuse and the like around the world; but what happens when NGOs go rogue?
What if the mission of the NGO is in direct conflict with, and against the very values and security of the countries we live in?
This discussion comes at a very key time in Canadian history. For the first time, a former Canadian intelligence officer has filed a formal complaint with Canadian police about funds from NGOs being channeled towards extremism and terrorism.
According to a well-researched and detailed report by Thomas Quiggin – a highly respected court expert on terrorism with experience in the Canadian police — the individuals responsible for the terrorism funding were previously outside of the government.
In some cases, those directing the money are now operating inside the government. The report identifies the following:
There are other pro-Iranian mosques raising funds for Hezbollah in North America. A visiting Imam who criticized the Iranian Canadian Congress was shamelessly critiqued in an article in the Iranian Canadian Journal. And lo and behold, they posted a picture of me, which held no relevance to the story. This has only one meaning: They have put a target on my back. This is very dangerous as it is known that these regimes have no qualms about eliminating critics to stop people from speaking out.
While we can understand that fundraising for legitimate causes is a good thing, how can we justify the subversive activities of the above mentioned NGOs while our government seems to be not in the least interested in tracking the culprits?
It is the first lesson of any law enforcement agency to follow the money trail. Politicians, on the other hand, are only interested in getting votes.
When I was invited to give testimony earlier this year before the U.S. Congress committee on home-grown terrorism, I made four recommendations. My first was to track the funding. The reason is that extremist groups and hate groups like the BDS movement against Israel and Israel Apartheid week function only because they are well funded and therefore not challenged.
Students for Justice in Palestine is a by-product of American Muslims for Palestine, an organization whose leaders were former members of Palestinian and Islamist terror organizations. They head the BDS movement and do so with impunity because political correctness and fear keeps other students from speaking out against their hate propaganda.
However, our organization, Muslims Facing Tomorrow, and I personally have constantly been a thorn in their side. Last time I heard about Israel Apartheid week at a University campus, I questioned them about when they were going to host Saudi, Iran and Pakistan apartheid week, because these are the countries where the real problem lies.
But it doesn’t end here. Our work is made more challenging by other NGOs who veer far left and put wrenches in our work. I’ve been directly impacted by them.
Last year I was invited by the Albany Jewish Association to speak about Islamist radicalization and what we are doing about it. When I got there I was told there was a lobby by Jewish Voices of Peace who had partnered with some Islamist groups in Albany to stop the event where I was speaking. They wrote to the local paper which ironically published their complaint against me – calling me a hate monger, which is a joke. Except it wasn’t funny. The organizers had to have police protection for me. JVP, who had planned to demonstrate outside the venue, saw the police cars and dispersed. Apparently exposing the dangers of radicalization and speaking truth about jihadists, is now considered “hate-mongering.”
Another NGO that has really created problems for organizations and individuals who are genuinely working for peace to avert the specter of radical Jihadist ideologies from infiltrating our societies is the Southern Poverty Law Center. SPLC is a very powerful, well-funded organization. At one time it was sincerely pointing out hate groups. But recently, due to unknown and suspicious funding, it has slammed many groups as well as individual Muslims for speaking out against radical Islam.
I happened to be one of the people on their list because of my association with Clarion. The SPLC also named Maajid Nawaz of the Quilliam Foundation who does similar work. (He sued SPLC and got a settlement and apology out of them.)
We are living in our post-9/11 world, where so many issues are silenced and muddled by mainstream media, political correctness and subversive agendas. This is why it’s important to get clarity so we can continue to fight the jihadists who have declared war on our way of life and our values.
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