The Islamic Society of North America-Canada received approval for 2019 Canada summer job funds. This is despite the fact that it is under a suspension by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) over concerns it funded terrorists in Pakistan.
The CRA, which is the Canadian equivalent of the IRS, suspended funding to ISNA-Canada from Sept.12, 2018 for a year, as well as imposed a fine of $550,000. Yet, the organization is set to receive a grant of $25,787 from Employment and Social Development Canada in order to create five summer jobs.
These sanctions were imposed following an audit, which showed that ISNA-Canada transferred funds to Kashmir, where Hizbul Mujahideen militants, listed as a terrorist organization by India and the European Union, have been fighting Indian troops.
However, the story extends back many years. In 2011, after being audited as part of an investigation led by The Star, a Canadian newspaper, it became clear that only a quarter of the charity funds donated to ISNA-Canada were going to help the poor, while the rest was diverted to private businesses.
Following this investigation, in September 2013, the CRA revoked the charitable status of the ISNA Development Foundation.
But today, ISNA-Canada is being rewarded with government funding.
John Barlow, a critic of the program, wrote a letter to Employment Minister Patricia Hajdu expressing his concern. “Under your ministry” wrote Barlow, “summer camps for children and faith-based charities have been deprived of summer job funding … meanwhile a suspended organization with possible links to terrorism has received a substantial federal grant.”
Hajdu has “asked the department to look into it,” but the facts are quite clear: This federal grant will be provided up until Sept. 1, 2019, while the ISNA-Canada suspension does not expire until Sept. 11, 2019.
While ISNA claims otherwise, it has been proven time and again that they are linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, a broad-based, international Islamist group which the Trump administration plans to designate as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.
Not only is ISNA an outgrowth of the Muslim Students Association, a Muslim Brotherhood entity, but they were recorded discussing how to use ISNA as a cover for Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas operations in the U.S.