FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 1, 2019
PRESS RELEASE: CIJA Calls for Protection of Canadian Youth from Radicalizing Agents
Ottawa, ON — The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) has learned that seven duats (preachers) associated with an Islamist extremist group embarked on a cross-country tour targeting young Canadian audiences yesterday.
The preachers are affiliated with the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA), a UK-based charity with a history of antisemitic, misogynistic, and homophobic statements.
In 2014, the UK’s charity regulatory body investigated iERA and called on the organization to not only distance itself from but also cease associating “with organizations and/or individuals which condone, or appear to condone, violent extremism and acts of terrorism”. However, there is evidence that iERA has continued to pursue those relationships as noted in a Henry Jackson Society report published in 2018.
Shimon Koffler Fogel, President and CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), issued the following:
“It is deeply concerning that an organization would undertake a Canadian tour in an apparent effort to bring Canadian youth under the influence of an extremist ideology, particularly at a time when governments and civil society are trying to promote anti-radicalization strategies.
“Earlier this week, CIJA provided Canadian authorities with background information on iERA and its preachers. We call on the Government of Canada to closely monitor the activities of iERA while in Canada in order to protect Canadian youth from radicalizing agents, be they foreign or domestic.”
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA.