Canadian Homeland Security Adviser Suspended for Islamist Associations
An adviser for Public Safety Canada was suspended following a French-language TVA report that outlines his controversial views and relationship with organizations associated with terrorist financing, Point de Bascule reports.
According to the report, Hussein Hamdani encouraged student activists to “Islamize campus politics” in a 1996 document published by the Muslim Students Association. He called for Muslim students to influence decisions concerning issues such as same-sex marriage.
“It is the duty of the MSA to bring morality back into the campus. For example, the Student Union should not have to debate over endorsing legislation in favor of same-sex benefits, this issue should clearly be seen as immoral and thus voted against or ignored,” Hamdani wrote.
Under Hamdani’s leadership in 2003, the Ihya Foundation joined the Saudi World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) to initiate the “Reviving the Islamic Spirit” conventions in Toronto. In 2012, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) revoked WAMY’s charitable status after the organization was found to have financed an al-Qaeda -affiliated organization.
Moreover, two organizations that were led by Hamdani transferred money to IRFAN-Canada, an Islamic charity that funnelled $15 million to Hamas, a designated terrorist organization. IRFAN-Canada also lost its official charity status in 2011 after a CRA audit exposed the organization as an “integral part” in Hamas’ global financing infrastructure.
“These allegations [about Hamdani] are very concerning,” a spokesman for Minister of Public Safety Steven Blaney said in a statement sent to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). “This individual’s membership on the [Canadian] Cross Cultural Roundtable on National Security has been suspended immediately pending a review of the facts. While questions surrounding this individual’s links to radical ideology have circulated for some time, it was hoped that he could be a positive influence to promote Canadian values. It is now becoming clear this may not have been the case.”
Canada has been increasingly concerned with infiltrating Islamist influences and acknowledges that millions of dollars are flooding into the country from Gulf states to promote an extremist ideology.
In testimony last week, former Canadian Security Intelligence Service Director Richard Fadden said that large sums of money are sent to religious-affiliated institutions in Canada to promote an “extreme Islamic jihadist interpretation of the Qur’an.”
Steven Emerson is the Executive Director the Investigative Project on Terrorism (www.investigativeproject.org) where this article first appeared.