Corporal Nathan Cirillo was killed by a jihadist on Parliament Hill on October 22, 2014. Shortly after, Ottawa Police Chief Bordeleau sent a message of support to Muslim organizations that have transferred money to Hamas fund collector in the past. The same day, a terrorist praised by Hamas rammed his car into a crowd of commuters in Jerusalem, killing a three-month old infant and injuring seven others.
On October 22, 2014, shortly after Corporal Nathan Cirillo was killed by a jihadist on Parliament Hill, Ottawa Police Chief Bordeleau sent a message to Muslim leaders in the city to reassure them and invite them to contact the Ottawa Police Service if they fear “backlash.”
JihadWatch archived Hashmi’s Twitter message and added the following comments:
“The politically correct Ottawa Police Chief seems to have imbibed the lesson well: after every jihad attack, Muslims are the victims, and need special reassurances. Of course, there should be no “backlash” against any innocent people and almost certainly won’t be, but this endless pandering is grotesque. Who is reassuring non-Muslims about keeping them safe from jihad attacks? Who is calling upon Muslim leaders in Canada or anywhere else to back up their condemnations of jihad terror with real action against it, including programs to teach young Muslims to reject that understanding of Islam?”
On August 26, 2010, political correctness also led the Ottawa Police Service and the RCMP to hold a meeting to apologize for arresting Muslims suspected of terrorism during Ramadan.
At the time, both police services were criticized and Prime Minister Harper declared that “There is one law for all Canadians, and no religious group should expect special treatment when it comes to enforcement of the law.”
As far as we can tell, the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) has not published the full list of addressees who received Chief Bordeleau’s message. However, it is reasonable to think that the Police Chief sent his message to the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC), the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) and others with whom the OPS is engaged in regular “bridge building” and “outreach” activities.
Many Muslim leaders involved in these “bridge building” activities with the Ottawa Police Service lead organizations that are an integral part of the Hamas support network in Canada. On July 16, 2013, Hamas threatened to launch terrorist attacks in countries where Israel embassies are located. These threats are identical to those that incited Martin Ahmad Rouleau and Michael Zehaf-Bibeau to kill Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent in Saint-Jean and Corporal Nathan Cirillo in Ottawa.
The Islamist organizations that are “building bridges” with Chief Bordeleau also frequently invite radical preachers who directly contribute to the radicalization of the Muslim community.
Hamas leaders have frequently advocated the Islamic conquest of the West in the past (2006 – 2008 – 2011 – 2012). In 2011, for example, Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahhar said on TV that Western civilization “will not be able to withstand the great and glorious Islam.”
Hamas is also engaged in the destruction of the state of Israel, of course, as stated in its charter. On the very day that Chief Bordeleau sent a message of support to organizations that have transferred money to Hamas fund collector IRFAN-Canada in the past, a terrorist praised by Hamas rammed his car into a crowd of commuters in Jerusalem, killing a three-month old infant and injuring seven others. By choosing to give legitimacy to the infrastructure that supports Hamas in Canada, Chief Bordeleau is increasing the problem that he should be trying to solve.
Kanata Muslim Association
Sikander Hashmi, who first mentioned the message sent by Chief Bordeleau on Twitter, is the Imam of the Kanata Muslim Association since June 2014. The KMA is one of many organizations linked to the Muslim Brotherhood infrastructure in Ottawa.
According to its financial reports sent to the Canada Revenue Agency, the KMA transferred money to Hamas fund collector, IRFAN-Canada, in 2010.
As early as 2004, then Opposition MP Stockwell Day and others warned about the threat posed by Hamas fund collector IRFAN. In 2007, a U.S. tribunal stated that IRFAN was a front for Hamas in Canada (subsection VIII).
In April 2011, IRFAN’s charitable status was revoked after the Canada Revenue Agency concluded that, for the 2005-2009 period alone, it transferred $14.6 million to Hamas. In 2014, the Government of Canada listed IRFAN as a terrorist organization.
Ahmed Said Khadr led HCI’s branch in Pakistan in the early 2000s and was killed in 2003 while fighting for al-Qaeda. Today, Khadr is being praised by al-Qaeda as a martyr. HCI also transferred $29,700 to the now-declared terrorist organization IRFAN in 2004. HCI frequently sponsored radical activities in Canada, including the visit of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JEI) leader Qazi Hussain Ahmad in 2008. That year, Canadian Immigration authorities refused to grant Ahmad a visa.
JEI’s main message has been summarized by its founder Syed Maududi in his book Jihad in Islam:
“Islam wishes to destroy all States and Governments anywhere on the face of the earth which are opposed to the ideology and programme of Islam regardless of the country or the Nation that rules it … Islam requires the earth – not just a portion – but the whole planet.”
The Kanata Muslim Association has also transferred money to the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) in the past. ICNA is also linked to the Pakistani Jamaat-e-Islami. It distributes books, such as Jihad in Islam, advocating the destruction of all non-Muslim states and governments.
Ottawa Police Chief Bordeleau’s message is also available in HTML version on the Facebook page of Muslim Link, the main Muslim Brotherhood-linked news website in Ottawa.
Assunnah Muslims Association
On January 24, 2013, Chief Bordeleau met with Jalil Marhnouj, vice president of the Assunnah Muslims Association, and other leaders linked with the Muslim Brotherhood infrastructure in Canada “in an effort to build an understanding and create a dialogue that focuses upon mutual interests.”
Eli El-Chantiry, chairman of the Ottawa Police Services Board, Jalil Marhnouj, vice president of the Assunnah Muslims Association and Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau during an outreach activity in 2013.
National Council of Canadian Muslims
In spite of the National Council of Canadian Muslims’ links with Hamas, recently highlighted by PM Harper’s spokesperson, the Ottawa Police Service has maintained an extensive collaboration with the Islamist lobby. According to a testimony by former Ottawa Police Chief Bevan (Archive.Today) in front of a Senate Committee in 2005, the NCCM (formerly known as CAIR-CAN) is training Ottawa Police officers since February 2002.
In 2004, while Jamal Badawi and Wael Haddara were simultaneously on the Boards of CAIR-CAN and the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC), MAC issued a press release in which it openly supported Hamas. This endorsement of Hamas came more than one year after the Canadian government, Liberal back then, had added Hamas to a list of terrorist organizations.
After the NCCM initiated legal procedures for a defamation suit against the Prime Minister’s Office because his spokesperson alluded to the NCCM’s links with Hamas, Point de Bascule published many articles detailing these links.
CAIR-CAN / NCCM was created as a branch of the Washington-based / Hamas-linked Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). This has been acknowledged by the parent organization and its Canadian branch on many occasions in the past. Point de Bascule provided many examples of this acknowledgment in an article published shortly after the name change. After CAIR was designated as an unindicted co-conspirator in a 2008 trial that led to the conviction of many Hamas fundraisers in the U.S., the FBI took the decision to cut all ties with CAIR. Many CAIR leaders have also been convicted for criminal offenses in the past.
In the 2009 case United States of America v. Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (Section IV), U.S. Judge Jorge Solis stated that: “The [U.S.] government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA […] with Hamas.”
Clearly, CAIR-CAN’s relationship with CAIR had become a liability and was hindering its influence operations with police organizations and other government agencies in Canada, hence the name change.
On July 6, 2013, rather than explaining the context of CAIR-CAN’s name change, the Ottawa Police Service Community Development Director acted as a PR agent for the Islamist lobby and advertised its new name on Twitter.
After the killing of Corporal Cirillo on Parliament Hill on October 22, 2014, the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) issued a press release about the attack. The NCCM presented itself as a part of the solution against the terrorist threat and the radicalization of young Muslims. The NCCM stressed that it recently launched a handbook entitled United against Terrorism.
Far from being a useful tool against the terrorist threat, the handbook’s main concern is to make sure that Canadian police, media and political leaders will not refer to the Islamic principles and concepts invoked by terrorists to justify their actions worldwide. For the NCCM, the problem is not so much the Islamist agenda of conquest and supremacy, but the so-called “Islamophobes” opposing it.
The NCCM booklet describes jihad as “noble” (pp. 17 and 34). On page 13, the NCCM presents and endorses many Muslim scholars whom it consults “to gain an accurate understanding” of Islam. Here is a sample of radical positions taken by these scholars in the past:
In a 1992 sermon given shortly after the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, SIRAJ WAHHAJ advocated harnessing street violence in the United States for the benefit of Islam. He invited his supporters to convert youth who feel excluded, and eventually to arm them with Uzi submachine guns so that they can wage jihad in U.S. streets. (Point de Bascule – Muslim Mafia / pp. 136-137)
In the early 2000s, JAMAL BADAWI advocated that Muslims should accept to become judges and civil servants in non-Muslim societies and take advantage of their influential positions in order to stop applying current legal provisions that are incompatible with sharia.
While ABDALLAH IDRIS ALI was Secretary General of the ISNA Development Foundation in 2013, the Canada Revenue Agency revoked the Foundation’s charitable status after concluding that it provided tax receipts to a non-charitable entity collecting money for a Jamaat-e-Islami-linked terrorist organization in India.
Rather than explaining the context of CAIR-CAN’s name change, the Ottawa Police Service Community Development Director acted as a PR agent for the Islamist lobby and advertised its new name on Twitter.
The Ottawa Police Service’s recruitment drive at the Assalam mosque that invites radical preachers
In September 2014, Canadian radical Imam Bilal Philips was arrested and expelled from the Philippines. At the time, the head of the immigration office in Davao City (Philippines) told the Ottawa Citizen that Philips was being expelled “on the basis he was likely inciting or recruiting people to join terror groups.” As he holds a Canadian passport, Philips was deported to Canada, despite the fact that he lives in Qatar. Bilal Philips had been banned from Australia, the U.K., the U.S., Kenya and Germany before.
The Investigative Project on Terrorism describes Bilal Philips as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the teacher of convicted terrorist preacher Ali al-Timimi. Philips acknowledges that sharia commands the killing of homosexuals and hopes for the day that it will be applied in Canada. In Undercover Mosque, a documentary produced by British television in 2007, Philips is recorded justifying the marriage of pre-pubescent girls on the grounds that it was practised by the founder of Islam. In spite of being a former professional guitarist, he now preaches against music, etc.
After Bilal Philips was deported from the Philippines, security analyst David Harris was invited to comment on the issue by Sun News. Harris brought up some facts that are very troubling for the Ottawa Police Service’s credibility in relation with Bilal Philips (Video 08:00).
In June 2012, Bilal Philips was invited to speak at the Assalam mosque on St. Laurent Blvd in Ottawa (poster of the event). Two months later, Ottawa Police Service representatives went to greet the leaders of the mosque during Ramadan. According to Harris, when the officers went to the mosque, the poster announcing Philips’s visit was still on display on the mosque website’s homepage.
In 2013, the Ottawa Police Service sent some of its representative to recruit young Muslims at the same mosque that featured sharia promoter Bilal Philips the year before.
This brings up the issue of loyalty. The NCCM handbook (page 7) states that there is nothing wrong with Muslims having “dual loyalties.” This false reassurance is completely invalidated by Muslim scholars, such as Jamal Badawi, whom the NCCM consults “to gain an accurate understanding” of Islam. In an interview given in the early 2000s, Badawi declared that Muslims should accept to become judges and civil servants in non-Muslim societies and take advantage of their influential positions in order to stop applying current legal provisions that are incompatible with sharia.
Here are three cases of police officers whose loyalty to Islamic principles led them to transgress the law in order to favor sharia (Islamic law):
Homa Arjomand is an anti-Khomeini activist who was born in Iran and now lives in Canada. She was once confronted by an Iranian-born Ontario police officer who told her in Farsi that she was not allowed to demonstrate against the Iranian regime in Canada. Although, she asked the officer to speak English so that the other people accompanying her could eventually testify, he refused. Security analyst David Harris documented the case (pp. 219-220) and added that Homa Arjomand “is concerned about the security implications of this and about the extent to which Islamists may have infiltrated Canadian police and security agencies that limit their screening of police recruits largely to checking criminal records.”
In 2008, Sgt. Weiss Rasool of the Fairfax County (Virginia) police was sentenced to a two-year probation and fined $1,000 for checking police databases for a suspected terrorist. Rasool and the suspect were going to the same mosque. The suspect wanted to know who was following him. The police database did not identify specifically the owners of the cars because they were rentals used by the FBI. However, this information was sufficient for an experienced police officer to deduce that these cars were being used by police. When police showed up to arrest the suspect in early morning in November 2005, he was destroying evidence, indicating that he had been tipped off.
In December 2013, London (U.K.) Police detective inspector Mohammed Afiz Khan pleaded guilty to disclosing restricted information he had obtained in relation to the arrest of radical Muslim cleric Anjem Choudary to his wife while she was employed by radical British MP George Galloway.
The Assalam mosque and the Ottawa Islamic Centre received their charitable status as one single entity from the Canada Revenue Agency in 2009. In 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, this entity transferred a total of $37,804 to Human Concern International (HCI). HCI has been described above in this article as a sponsor of radical speakers and a contributor to the now-declared terrorist organization IRFAN-Canada. The leader of HCI’s Pakistani branch, Ahmad Said Khadr, who studied at the University of Ottawa, was killed in 2003 while fighting for al-Qaeda.
Muslim Association of Canada
The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) also collaborates with the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC), the main Muslim Brotherhood front in Canada. In 2012, the OPS advertised, on its own website, an activity organized by the MAC, despite the fact that the Islamist organization openly states its support for the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood and its founder Hassan al-Banna:
“MAC’s (…) modern roots can be traced to the Islamic revival of the early twentieth century, culminating in the movement of the Muslim Brotherhood. (…) MAC adopts and strives to implement Islam, as embodied in the Qur’an, and the teachings of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and as understood in its contemporary context by the late Imam, Hassan Albanna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood. MAC regards this ideology as the best representation of Islam as delivered by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).”
Hassan al-Banna’s 50-point manifesto promotes the abolition of political parties and the instauration of a one-party State, the reform of the law, so that it will conform to sharia, an increase in the number of youth groups promoting jihad, the prohibition of dancing, the censorship of movies and plays and a dress code for all citizens enforced by a religious police.
In his essay On Jihad, al-Banna explains that “it’s an obligation for us [Muslims] to fight against them [the infidels] after inviting them [to join Islam], even if they do not fight against us.”
In another text (To what Do We Invite Humanity?), Hassan al-Banna refers to Adolf Hitler as a role model for Muslims looking for “success and fortune.”
According to the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch, aside from Hamas (Charter – Article 2), “the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) appears to be one of the only organizations in the world that has acknowledged its ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.”
In 2004, the MAC issued a press release in which it openly supported Hamas. This endorsement came more than one year after the Canadian government, Liberal back then, had added Hamas to a list of terrorist organizations.
From 2001 to 2010, the MAC transferred $296,514 to IRFAN-Canada, Hamas fund collector in the country.
In March 2014, the MAC Education Department Director Chiheb Battikh was sentenced to six years in jail for a kidnapping for ransom in Montreal.
The MAC also invited a long list of Muslim speakers to radicalize young Muslims in Canada: Ekrima Sabri, a promoter of suicide operations (In 2000, he declared: “The younger the martyr – the greater and the more I respect him”), Salah Sultan who said on Al-Aqsa TV that Jews use the blood of Christians whom they slaughter to make matzos (unleavened bread), Tariq Ramadan, etc.
In an interview given to the Egyptian periodical Egypt Today in 2004, Ramadan described the Canadian legal framework as “one of the most open in the world.” He told Islamists operating in Canada to capitalize on this flexibility in order to subtly and gradually introduce rules of sharia in Canada. At the time, Tariq Ramadan strongly urged his supporters in Canada not to openly mention their commitment to sharia: “The term shariah in itself is laden with negative connotations in the Western mind,” said Ramadan. “There is no need to stress that. […] For the time being this is not how we want to be perceived,” he added.
In a speech given in Detroit in 2013, Tariq Ramadan defined jihad as “the way we implement sharia.” His formulation has the advantage of including violent and non-violent methods used by Islamists to reach their goal.
In 2012, the OPS advertised on its own website an activity organized by the MAC despite the fact that the Islamist organization openly stated its support for the Muslim Brotherhood’s ideology and its founder Hassan al-Banna.
The Ottawa Police Service must dissociate itself from the mosques and other Islamic organizations funding armed jihad abroad and inviting radical preachers in Canada
For years, the Ottawa Police Service, the RCMP and most, if not all, police organizations in Canada have taken the approach of supporting and “building bridges” with Islamists as long as they do not advocate violence right in their faces. The Canadian police organizations do not seem to pay any attention to the radical preachers endorsed and invited by the NCCM, the MAC and the others. These preachers directly contribute to the radicalization of young Muslims, such as Martin Ahmad Rouleau and Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. The fact that the RCMP collaborated for fourteen months with the NCCM to produce a booklet that praises a promoter of armed jihad in U.S. streets, such as Siraj Wahhaj and another one (Jamal Badawi) who openly encourages sedition by Muslim judges and other civil servants in Canada attests to it.
Canadian police must cut all links with those advocating a gradual implementation of totalitarian Islamic principles by force or otherwise. Those who promote sharia (Islamic law) in Canada by non-violent means, for now, do not constitute a barrier that will stop Islamists who work at implementing sharia violently.
The non-violent, ideological jihad, often referred to as the “jihad of the tongue” by Mohammad Fadel and others is not an alternative to the “jihad of the sword,” but a phase leading to it.
Hamas and Osama Bin Laden (p.202), usually identified with armed jihad, have acknowledged the importance of the “jihad of the tongue.” Hamas highlights its importance in the article 30 of its charter:
“Jihad is not limited to wielding arms and fighting the enemies face to face, for eloquent speech, persuasive writing, effective books, support and help – when [they are] performed with the sincere intention that Allah’s banner will reign supreme – all constitute jihad for the sake of Allah.”
There is no difference between Tariq Ramadan inciting his supporters in Dallas to colonize the United States of America “with our understanding of Islam, our principles” in 2011, and Abu Mosa, a spokesman for the Islamic State, declaring recently that “We will humiliate [the Americans] everywhere, God willing, and we will raise the flag of Allah in the White House.”
Canadian Police organizations must stop endorsing the former and his allies, thinking that they are countering the latter.
Point de Bascule File: Ottawa Police Service
Point de Bascule (September 5, 2014): June 8, 2012 – Muslim Brotherhood delegation led by Hussein Hamdani met with Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews / Details provided by lawyer of Hamas fund collector
Point de Bascule (October 1, 2014): The RCMP throws the so-called anti-terrorism booklet back at the National Council of Canadian Muslims and its Islamist allies
Point de Bascule (August 21, 2014): The RCMP and other Canadian security agencies still consult Islamist leaders involved in the radicalization of young Muslims