…funded by the Canadian Red Cross. Excerpts via: Point de Bascule Canada
The Islamist background of the National Council of Canadian Muslims, missing from a recent La Presse article
La Presse (Montreal) recently announced the launch of a guide on Islamophobia / Archive.Today by the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) for Canadian schools without providing any information regarding the NCCM’s Islamist background. The Winnipeg Free Press and the Calgary Herald (August 27 paper edition, p.C10) made the same announcement in the same manner. This article aims to correct this situation. The Islamic Social Services Association and the Canadian Human Rights Commission partnered with the NCCM to produce the guide and the Canadian Red Cross provided funding. See the last page of the guide for the other credits.
On August 24, La Presse (Montreal) published a text announcing the launch of a guide on Islamophobia for Canadian schools by the National Council of Canadian Muslims, the Canadian Human Rights Commission and the Winnipeg-based Islamic Social Services Association. However, the text nowhere mentions the links that exist between the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM, formerly CAIR-CAN or CAIR-Canada) and radical Islam since its incorporation in 2000 and even before as CAIR-Montreal. This lack of information deserves to be corrected and that is what we intend to do with this article.
What the notion of “phobia” implies is that those who are accused of “Islamophobia” have an “irrational fear” of some trend or aspect of Islam.
In December 2012, the NCCM (then called CAIR-CAN, CAIR-Canada) accused Point de Bascule of Islamophobia after we criticized Justin Trudeau (then a Liberal leadership contender) for having agreed to address the RIS Islamist convention scheduled to take place later that month in Toronto. Point de Bascule condemned Mr. Trudeau’s decision because the event was being sponsored by IRFAN-Canada whose charitable status had been revoked by the Canada Revenue Agency the year before. IRFAN had lost its status for having transferred many millions of dollars to the terrorist organization Hamas. The very same day our text was published in English, the NCCM retorted that Point de Bascule had an “Islamophobic bias.” If the denunciation of an outfit whose charitable status has been revoked for funding terrorism is not acceptable to the NCCM, nothing short of a complete servility toward Islamists will pass the NCCM test as neither “hateful” nor “Islamophobic.”
On December 15, 2012, five days after the initial Point de Bascule article about IRFAN and Justin Trudeau was published and the news picked up by the National Post and other mainstream media, IRFAN withdrew its sponsorship of the event. After only a few days, what the NCCM had presented as an irrational fear, a phobia, an Islamophobia proved to be a meaningful threat. In 2014, IRFAN-Canada itself was added to Canada’s list of outlawed terrorist groups.
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is the NCCM / CAIR-CAN’s parent organization (see ‘parent organization’ p.14). In 2009, the FBI “severed its liaison relationship” with the CAIR after evidence presented in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism trial demonstrated a relationship between the CAIR and the terrorist organization Hamas. In 2009, Judge Solis also ruled that “The [U.S.] Government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR…with Hamas.” (United States of America v. Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development / pp.14-15 of 20).
In Canada in 2014, the RCMP headquarters in Ottawa directed its Manitoba division to dissociate from another NCCM guide that endorsed several Muslim radicals, including Imam Siraj Wahhaj who had advocated converting youth to Islam before inciting them to wage armed jihad in U.S. streets.
Many other positions taken by the NCCM since its beginnings in Montreal in 1996 and its incorporation in 2000 deserved to be mentioned in the La Presse article publicizing the NCCM Islamophobia guide. We have mentioned some of these positions in the following chronology.
Those who would like to know more about the content itself of the Islamophobia guide produced by the NCCM and its partners will read with interest an analysis by Lise Ravary that was published by the Journal de Montréal on August 30 and another one by Barbara Kay in the National Post on September 14.
Highlights of the National Council of Canadian Muslims / CAIR-CAN history
1994 – Washington-based CAIR was founded by three leaders of the Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP), an organization representing Hamas in the United States at that time. One of CAIR’s founders, Nihad Awad, is still in the leadership of the organization today in 2016 as its Executive Director. The article 2 of the Hamas Charter describes the terrorist organization as “one of the wings of the Muslim Brotherhood” in Gaza. The IAP is entity #22 in a list of organizations identified in a 1991 Muslim Brotherhood internal memorandum as being associated with the Brotherhood in the U.S. This memorandum was seized by police and produced for evidentiary purposes in a terrorism trial that led to the convictions of all leaders accused of terrorism financing in 2008.
In this memorandum, the goal pursued by the IAP and the other organizations belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood network in North America is described in no uncertain terms:
Point 4.4 The process of settlement is a “Civilization-Jihadist Process” with all the word means. The Ikhwan [Muslim Brotherhood] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions… It is a Muslim’s destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes.
Read it all if you need more evidence of CAIR’s terrorist origins and purpose in the U.S. and Canada.
Unsurprisingly, media outlets big and small including Fox News provide free air time to CAIR regularly and never mention their terror links, convictions or deportations.