- The brutal violence perpetrated by groups such as ISIL, Iran’s IRGC, Hezbollah, Hamas, Al Shabab and Boko Haram concerns all Canadians and merits a concerted response from our government.
- CIJA supports antiterrorism measures that keep Canadians safe while protecting our fundamental rights and freedoms.
- Canada can continue to play a leading role in confronting terrorism by securing the financial isolation of listed terrorist entities at home and contributing to counterterrorism efforts abroad.
- The Government of Canada should consider listing the IRGC in its entirety as a terrorist entity.
Terrorism imperils the lives of millions around the world. The brutal violence perpetrated by groups such as ISIL, Iran’s IRGC, Hezbollah, Hamas, Al Shabab and Boko Haram concerns all Canadians and merits a concerted response from our government. Canada has long played a leading role in confronting this threat, whether by securing the financial isolation of listed terrorist entities at home, or contributing to counterterrorism efforts abroad.
Despite these initiatives, terrorism continues to pose a threat to Canadians and manifest in appalling attacks abroad and at home – in Ottawa and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, with other failed attempts intercepted by police across Canada. While this violence imperils all Canadians, the Jewish community is particularly vulnerable.
Throughout the world, Jewish communities represent a primary target for terrorists. Attacks on Jewish community centres, schools and synagogues have taken place in Israel, Argentina, Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, the United States and Montreal. There is significant fear that such attacks are equally possible elsewhere in Canada.
The terrorists who attempted to destroy a VIA Rail train and the BC Legislature made clear their intention to target Jews and, Al Shabab, a listed terrorist entity, called for an attack on the West Edmonton Mall explicitly because its owners are Jewish. As an at-risk community, we have much at stake in the functionality of Canada’s anti-terrorism legislation, which is the product of the responsiveness of successive governments to the terrorist threat.
Accordingly, CIJA has testified before parliamentary committees in support of measures like the Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act and the Anti-Terrorism Act 2015 (Bill C-51). Regarding C-51, we provided the committee with concrete, innovative proposals for oversight and privacy protection, and a national de-radicalization program that would bring communities battling radicalization together with those targeted by terror to marginalize violent extremism.