After the director of communications of Prime Minister Harper said that the National Council of Canadian Muslims has “documented ties” with Hamas, an ally of NCCM/CAIR, Amnesty International Canada Secretary General Alex Neve, tweeted a message of support for the organization. NCCM/CAIR Executive Director Gardee, Omar Alghabra and Jonathan Kay took part in the exchange that followed.
IHSAAN GARDEE (@ihsaan) is NCCM/CAIR Executive Director. The organization was known as the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) until last July. In the past, CAIR-CAN has identified the Washington-based / Hamas-linked Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) as its “parent organization” (p. 14).
ALEX NEVE (@AlexNeveAmnesty) has frequently collaborated with NCCM/CAIR in the past (2005 – 2006 – 2008 – 2013). In 2005, Neve joined Tariq Ramadan and CAIR-CAN Executive Director Riad Saloojee to speak about Security for Canada, although Tariq Ramadan represents everything but an asset for the security of the country.
In a 2004 interview given to an Egyptian periodical, Tariq Ramadan described the Canadian legal framework as “one of the most open in the world,” and he suggested that Muslim leaders operating in Canada should take full advantage of it in order to discretely implement sharia principles one at a time. Ramadan added that “for the time being”, it would be preferable not to openly mention the term sharia since it “is laden with negative connotations in the Western mind.”
In 2011, in Dallas, Tariq Ramadan went along the same lines and openly enjoined his supporters to “coloniz(e) positively the United States of America … with our understanding of Islam, our principles.” A few weeks ago, at the RIS convention, Ramadan repeated the same message and told thousands of Muslims gathered at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre that “We are not here to be accepted. We are here to change the society.” (Video excerpt – Full speech 48:56 – Transcript)
JONATHAN KAY (@jonkay) is the National Post Managing Editor. In 2010, after Kay reviewed Martin Gilbert’s In Ishmael’s House – A History of Jews in Muslim Lands, CAIR-CAN’s human rights and civil liberties officer Julia Williams criticized him for “weav[ing] a narrative that presents Muslims as pathological Jew-haters, and Islam, at its very core, as anti-Judaism.” In his book review entitled A hate reaching back 1,400 years, Jonathan Kay wrote that the Koran itself inspired Muslims to attack Jews in the early years of Islam and that today, these early battles inspire modern jihadists:
In recent years, NCCM/CAIR’s assessment of Jonathan Kay has changed dramatically. On October 26, 2013, Jonathan Kay was greeted as a “special guest” by NCCM/CAIR leadership in a meeting on Islamophobia. Yet, Jonathan Kay had written in the past that the accusation of Islamophobia is used to censor those who “[c]onnect the dots between Canada’s radicalized mosques and the terror threat”…
Two messages written by Jonathan Kay were retweeted by Ihsaan Gardee. They can be viewed below or directly accessed on Jonathan Kay’s Twitter account (message 1 – message 2) or on PdeB (message 1 – message 2).
MRT @nathanlean: Canada’s PM @pmharper set 2 go 2 MidEast. Who will he take? An anti-Muslim hate group supporter. http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/politics/archives/2014/01/20140116-132313.html …
8:12 AM – 17 Jan 2014
MRT @jonkay: If PMO claims Cdn group has “ties” 2 terror, group shud b prosecuted — or statement shud b retracted http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/politics/archives/2014/01/20140116-132313.html …
7:45 AM – 17 Jan 2014
MRT @omaralghabra: It’s very serious when PM accuses a Canadian group of having links to terrorism without evidence http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/politics/archives/2014/01/20140116-132313.html …
7:40 AM – 17 Jan 2014
MRT @jonkay: I agree – any1 who praises Pamela Geller isn’t sum1 who shud be in entourage of Canada’s Prime Minister http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/politics/archives/2014/01/20140116-132313.html …
7:39 AM – 17 Jan 2014
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
Goldhawk Live (CPAC – October 31, 2010): Hillary Homes from Amnesty International (AI) and David Harris discuss the relationship between AI and CAIR-Canada
Point de Bascule: File National Council of Canadian Muslims / CAIR-CAN