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Algeria terrorist attack – Islamic organizations linked with charities

Sunday 21 September 2014, by siawi3

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Par Point de Bascule
avril 5, 2013

Algeria terrorist attack – Three Islamic organizations linked with London mosques’ spokespersons Wael Haddara and Munir el-Kassem lost their charity status because of their links with terrorism

After CBC News revealed that two terrorists involved in the attack on a gas plant in Algeria were from London (Ontario), Wael Haddara and Munir el-Kassem told the media that they were unknown to them and that terrorism cannot be linked with religion. Wael Haddara is on the London Moslem Mosque’s board of directors and Munir el-Kassem is the imam at the Islamic Centre of Southwest Ontario, also in London.

From April 2011 to March 2012, while Wael Haddara was on the board of the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) as a director and later as its chair, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) revoked the charitable status of three Islamic organizations linked with MAC because they were involved in the financing of terrorism. WAMY-Canada transferred Saudi funds to MAC in 2002-2003 and lost its status because it funded al-Qaeda in 2001. IRFAN-Canada lost its status after CRA concluded that for the 2005-2009 period alone, it transferred $14.6 million to the terrorist organization Hamas. From 2001 to 2010, MAC transferred $296,514 to IRFAN, Hamas fund collector in Canada.

In 2009, the Libyan World Islamic Call Society (WICS) identified Munir el-Kassem as a leader of one of its substructure. WICS was established by Muammar Gaddafi in 1972 to further the Islamization of non-Muslim countries.

WICS’ interreligious activities have often been used to cover the financing of terrorism and to bribe politicians. In 2004, US-based Muslim Brotherhood leader “Abdurahman M. Alamoudi, admitted in (a) plea agreement with a U.S. court that he was ordered by Gadhafi to help orchestrate (an) assassination and was provided by the Libyan leader with $340,000 toward that end.” Alamoudi also admitted that WICS’ operatives were used by the Libyan government to transfer funds to Hamas. (Hamas: Politics, Charity, and Terrorism in the Service of Jihad, Matthew Levitt, Dennis Ross, New Haven, Yale University Press, 2006, p. 187)

The Canada Revenue Agency revoked WICS-Canada’s charitable status after finding out that it transferred money to a radical group involved in a coup in Trinidad and Tobago in 1990 and was also involved in a plot to bomb New York Kennedy Airport in 2007.

Munir el-Kassem frequently participates in activities organized by MAC. In October 2012, he was invited by MAC leader Chiheb Battikh to speak on the Montreal South Shore, at the inaugural fundraising event held for a new MAC substructure, the Canadian Institute of Islamic Civilization (CIIC). CIIC’s mission is to further the Islamization of Canada and to determine the most appropriate tactics to implement locally the general decisions taken by the Muslim Brotherhood leadership. CIIC’s leader Chiheb Battikh is now in jail, awaiting his trial for the kidnapping of a child for ransom in December 2012.