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CIJA Welcomes Addition of 13 Groups to Canada’s List of Terrorist Entities

Feb 3, 2021 | Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 3, 2021

Ottawa, ON – Today, the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, announced that the Government of Canada is adding 13 groups to Canada’s Listed Terrorist Entities. The new additions include four white supremacist groups, including the Canadian wing of Proud Boys, as well as nine Islamist groups affiliated with Al-Qaeda and ISIS.

In response, CIJA CEO, Shimon Koffler Fogel, issued the following:

“Terrorist groups operating in Canada are a serious risk to the safety and security of Canadians.  Canada’s Listed Terrorist Entities is an essential tool to counter the threat of violence that groups espousing these toxic ideologies pose to Canadians. Regardless of their ideology, be they Islamist, Neo-Nazi, or White Supremacist, these groups fan the flames of hatred and antisemitism to the detriment of us all.

“We welcome these additions to the list. The Government of Canada’s action enables swifter prosecution of terror suspects while also cutting off the funding to those seeking to foment hate and terror in Canada.

“CIJA continues to urge the Federal government to do what is required to protect Canadians from hate, including adding two other organizations to the Listed Terrorist Entities. Those organizations are Samidoun, an opaque Palestinian organization with alleged ties to a currently Listed Entity, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP); and, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a branch of the Iranian armed forces responsible for terrorist acts around the world.

“We will also continue to call on Canada to establish a security rebate program for at-risk communities, equipping law enforcement with the tools to counter hate crime, and enacting policies that counter the proliferation of online hate.”

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs is the advocacy agent of Canada’s Jewish Federations.

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