Former Toronto-based Muslim relief organization accused by federal charities auditors of funding the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, The International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy, has now been added to Canada’s list of outlawed terrorist groups. According to an announcement on Tuesday, the government deprived IRFAN-Canada of its charity status in 2011 after the Canada Revenue Agency called it an “integral part” of an international fundraising effort that supported Hamas. But now it has taken a further step and criminalized the former charity.
In an article published on Tuesday, Canada Gazette stated that the former charity organization is now officially made illegal and so it is prohibited to fund it or enhance its ability to commit terrorism. Charities Branch mentioned in a statement that “our analysis of the audit information has led the CRA to believe that IRFAN-Canada provides support to Hamas.” Speaking about the charity group formed in 2008, which mostly worked in the Muslim world, it was added that “our findings indicate that IRFAN-Canada provided over $14.6-million in resources to operating partners that were run by officials of Hamas, openly supported and provided funding to Hamas, or have been listed by various jurisdictions because of their support for Hamas or other terrorist entities.”