Toronto, ON – Today, the Government of Canada listed the International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy – Canada (IRFAN – Canada) as a proscribed terrorist entity. In response, David Koschitzky, Chair of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), issued the following statement:
“We commend the Government for adding IRFAN-Canada to the list of banned terrorist entities due to the material support it has provided Hamas. All Canadians should be alarmed that millions of dollars were raised in Canada to support a foreign terrorist group with a long record of suicide bombings and other attacks against civilians.
“This decision has been long in the making, and we note the tireless efforts of former parliamentarian and current CIJA board member, the Honourable Stockwell Day, who called attention to IRFAN-Canada’s disturbing activities nearly a decade ago.
“Today’s announcement sends a clear message that Canadians will not tolerate the abuse of their generosity by those who seek to bankroll terrorists.”