On January 28, 2014, NCCM Executive Director Ihsaan Gardee was interviewed by Evan Solomon on CBC Power and Politics about the notice of libel sent earlier that day by his organization to the Prime Minister Harper’s Office. The notice of libel was NCCM’s answer to a statement made by the PMO’s Director of communications earlier in January to the effect that the NCCM has “documented ties” with the terrorist organization Hamas.
The video of the interview is archived on Point de Bascule.
The portion of the interview transcribed by Point de Bascule relates to the relationship of NCCM / CAIR-CAN with Washington-based CAIR. Given that a Canadian court may have to decide on the nature of the links between CAIR-CAN / NCCM and Hamas, the relationship between CAIR-CAN / NCCM and its “parent organization” Washington-based CAIR becomes all the more important and relevant. In the past, American tribunals have confirmed the links between Washington-based CAIR and Hamas. In 2009 for example, in the case United States of America v. Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, Judge Jorge Solis stated that: (Section IV) “The government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA, NAIT, with NAIT, the Islamic Association for Palestine, and with Hamas.”
TRANSCRIPT BY POINT DE BASCULE
Two previous article by Point de Bascule demonstrated that the operational relationship between NCCM / CAIR-CAN and Washington-based CAIR is very clear:
Point de Bascule (July 18, 2013): National Council of Canadian Muslims: The new name chosen by CAIR-CAN helps cover its links with Washington-based / Hamas-linked CAIR
Point de Bascule (January 17, 2014): Prime Minister Harper’s director of communications slams the National Council of Canadian Muslims for “documented ties to a terrorist organization such as Hamas”