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When NGOs Go Rogue

Ibrahim Hooper, the national communications director and spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Ibrahim Hooper, the national communications director and spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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:

  • The International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy (IRFAN) had its charitable status revoked by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) in 2011. It was later declared a terrorism entity in 2014 for its willful funding of Hamas. Tens of millions of dollars were sent to Hamas by IRFAN in goods and services. This was done by a group of Canadians who knowingly were breaking Canadian law to fund terrorist activity. IRFAN was, in the view of CRA, set up deliberately to circumvent Canadian laws on funding terrorism to fund Hamas. The bottom line is that Canadian taxpayers’ money was being used to fund terrorism, including suicide bombers.
  • The roots of IRFAN, trace back to the Jerusalem Fund for Human Services, which by 1992 was already reporting a history hundreds of thousands of dollars in fund raising.
  • Other federally-registered charity programs funding terrorism in Canada were also shut down. These included the “Development Foundation” of the Islamic Society of North America ISNA, whose status was revoked with cause in 2013. The ultimate benefactor of the funds was Jamaat-e-Islami, sometimes known as the Muslim Brotherhood in South Asia. (By the way, the father of a sitting Canadian member of parliament is one of the leaders of Jamaat e-Islami.)
  • ISNA was also identified in two other charity revocation cases. These were the ISNA “Islamic Services of Canada” and the “Canadian Islamic Trust Foundation.” Both are affiliates of ISNA.
  • The World Islamic Call Society was shut down by CRA in 2011 as it was essentially functioning as Muammar Gaddafi’s “Jihad Fund” in Canada. The Jihad Fund was responsible for bankrolling a coup attempt in 1990 in Trinidad and Tobago by Jamaat al-Muslimeen and an attempted attack against an American civilian airfield.
  • Islamic Relief Worldwide was blacklisted as a terrorism funding risk by major international banks and charity monitors. Note that in the Middle East, both the United Arab Emirates and Israel identified Islamic Relief Worldwide as a terrorism funding concern. Islamic Relief has been repeatedly identified as a front and fund-raising group for the Muslim Brotherhood. It has been active in Canada for a long time posing as a front for raising charitable funds for good causes.
  • Also mentioned in the report is the Council on American-Islamic Relations Canada (CAIR CAN), which was originally founded as CAIR Montreal before becoming CAIR Ottawa and later CAIR CAN. It changed its name in 2013 to the National Council of Canadian Muslims or NCCM and MAC (Muslim Association of Canada).

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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Raheel Raza
Raheel Raza is ​an adviser to Clarion Project. ​She is an award-winning author, journalist and filmmaker on the topics of jihad and sharia. She is president of The Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow, and an activist for human rights, gender equality, and diversity.

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