Canadian Relief for Syria is linked to the Muslim Brotherhood network through its fund-collector Human Concern International and some members of its leadership.
On August 11, 2012, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced that Canada would give $2 million to Canadian Relief for Syria (CRS) for medical supplies within Syria’s borders.
Four days later the decision was cancelled: “We wanted to ensure that supplies could make their way to the victims of the Assad regime in the best way possible, and that it wouldn’t fund things like warehouses and infrastructure,” Baird told reporters in Ottawa Wednesday.
“The current intention will not be pursued,” he said. “We will find alternatives.” (CTV.ca)
On August 15, 2012, the Toronto Star mentioned that CRS is a chapter of the Paris-based Union of Syrian Medical Relief Organizations (Union des organisations syriennes de secours médicaux in French). It employs doctors and engineers across Canada and on the Turkish and Jordanian borders.
Hours after the initial approval was given, Michael Petrou wrote a piece for Maclean’s in which he explained the relationship between Canadian Relief for Syria and Human Concern International. Both organizations have numerous links with the Muslim Brotherhood network. HCI’s Pakistan office was once run by alleged al-Qaeda financier Ahmed Said Khadr, the late father of Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr.
Michael Petrou (Maclean’s – August 12, 2012): Canada gives $2 million to group collecting for the charitable alma mater of Omar Khadr’s dad
Before the federal government’s decision was cancelled, Petrou spoke with Momtaz Almoussly, secretary of Canadian Relief for Syria (CRS) who told him that Human Concern was issuing tax receipts on behalf of CRS, as his organization is not yet registered as a charitable organization.
The registration of Canadian Relief for Syria (Aide humanitaire canadienne pour la Syrie in French) in the Quebec Registry of Enterprises (REQ 1168220813) is dated May 2, 2012.
The administrators of the organization are listed as follows:
Bachar Elsolh has been associated with various MB organizations in Quebec for many years. He led the Muslim Canadian Forum (MCF – REQ 1140896482) since its foundation in 1993 until 2008. MCF is an umbrella organization representing numerous Muslim Brotherhood organizations, including the Muslim Association of Canada. Point de Bascule has recently published a profile of the organization.
Elsolh currently leads the Federation of Muslim Canadians (REQ 1165326928).
Bachar Elsolh is also closely associated with the Saudi Muslim World League (MWL). In 2007, Elsolh was invited as a guest by Senator Marcel Prud’homme to attend a session of the Canadian Senate. He was then accompanied by Said Youssef Fawaz, an official representative of the MWL in Canada. Fawaz was introduced as such in the Senate, as reported in the Hansard (February 14, 2007).
Facebook (November 26, 2011): Said Youssef Fawaz identified as a representative of the Muslim World League (Ligue islamique mondiale) in Canada
In 1999, both men went at the Quebec National Assembly and Fawaz was also introduced as a representative of the Muslim World League. (Journal des débats)
The Muslim World League was created in 1962 to spread the Saudi version of Islam throughout the world. Its resources are considerable. From the beginning, the Muslim Brotherhood was associated to its efforts. Said Ramadan (Tariq’s father) and Syed Maududi (their ally from the Pakistani Jamaat-e-Islami) were amongst its founders.
Saudi Arabia is involved in the publishing and the disseminating of schools books throughout the world that are hostile to non-Muslims. Jews are still described as “apes” and Christians as “swines” in these books, as reported by the Hudson Institute in 2011.
The Muslim World League is also involved in the financing of terrorism. In 2005, Saudi Arabia’s secretary general of the official Muslim World League Koran Memorization Commission, Sheikh Abdallah Basfar, urged Muslims everywhere to fund armed jihad and terrorism: “The Prophet said: ‘He who equips a fighter–it is as if he himself fought.’ You lie in your bed, safe in your own home, and donate money and Allah credits you with the rewards of a fighter. What is this? A privilege.” (Hansard – MEMRI)