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Same ISNA, Same Terror
by Joe Kaufman
The Islamic Society of North America or ISNA, as its name implies, is a function of both the United States and Canada. Given that that is the case, a question might arise as to whether the group operates as two separate entities, one in each of its respective countries, or one single organization. And if the two entities are actually one, if one part has action taken against it regarding a terror-related matter, should not the other suffer the same fate or should it instead be embraced by the government?
In September of this year, following an audit it had done of ISNA, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), an arm of the Canadian government, stripped the group of its charitable tax status. According to the CRA, ISNA had a "funding arrangement" with the Kashmiri Canadian Council/Kashmiri Relief Fund of Canada, a charity run by Jamaat-e-Islami, which is the largest Islamist group in South Asia.
Jamaat-e-Islami has been associated with terrorist funding before. In August 2006, the group's main charity, the al-Khidmat Foundation, led a delegation to Damascus, Syria to hand $6 million rupees ($99,000 U.S.) to the global head of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, at Meshaal's then-Syrian residence. The delegation delivered a "special message" from Jamaat-e-Islami's then-Amir (President) Qazi Hussain Ahmad to the Hamas leader. Meshaal thanked them for the gift and said Hamas would continue to wage jihad (war) against Israel.
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