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One of the sponsors of an upcoming conference featuring Liberal leadership candidate Justin Trudeau as a keynote speaker lost its charitable status last year after a Canada Revenue Agency audit found it had been providing support to Hamas.
IRFAN-Canada is listed as a “diamond sponsor” of next week’s Reviving the Islamic Spirit conference. Mr. Trudeau is scheduled to speak at the Toronto event. But documents show federal regulators revoked IRFAN’s charity status in 2011 over its suspected ties to Hamas.
The Charities Directorate of the CRA wrote in a letter to IRFAN that it believed the Mississauga-based group was “an integral part of an international fundraising effort to support Hamas,” which has been a listed terrorist group in Canada since 2002.
“Our findings indicate that IRFAN-Canada provided $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 entitles,” according to a summary of the CRA’s findings.
IRFAN videos found at the group’s office “demonize Israel, characterize the Arab-Israel conflict as a religious war, appeal for all Arab and Muslim nations to join in the struggle against Israel and glorify martyrdom,” said the letter, obtained Wednesday from the CRA.
IRFAN has denied knowingly funding Hamas and accused the CRA of misinterpreting its relief work. It describes itself as an international humanitarian organization. While no longer a registered charity, it continues to operate in Canada as a non-profit organization.
The Canadian Council on American Islamic Relations condemned what it called attempts to smear the conference. “With themes exploring love, the environment, and harmony, this conference is about empowering Muslims to be better Canadians,” executive director Ihsaan Gardee said.