Lights out for terror-funding Islamic charityAugust 7, 2013
Canadian nonprofit ceases operations after bank closes account
Once again pointing to the power of tax authorities to expose and defang dangerous front charities, a Muslim nonprofit in Canada has stopped accepting donations after its bank closed its account. The bank’s decision followed an audit and finding by tax officials that IRFAN was no longer eligible for tax-exempt status, largely because of its role in funding Hamas.
The bank account closure and operational suspension is also a victory for Canada’s taxpayers, who will no longer see their money being channeled through a network of smaller Islamic charities and mosques for distribution by IRFAN.
From the National Post; thanks to Gisele for sending this in:
Relief organization that allegedly supported Hamas suspends operations after CIBC closes bank accounts
Stewart Bell | 13/07/15
A humanitarian relief organization that lost its charity status two years ago over its alleged support for Hamas said Monday it was suspending operations after the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce won court approval to close its accounts.
The CIBC gave notice in May that it intended to stop providing banking services to the International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy — Canada. The Ontario Superior Court of Justice upheld that decision, which went into effect on Monday.
Without a bank, the Toronto-based relief group, which spent $9-million on charitable activities in 2009, said it could no longer transfer money abroad for programs that include the support of orphans in the Palestinian Territories, Lebanon and Sudan.
“IRFAN-Canada is choosing not to accept donations at this time because they are unable to transmit funds to the intended destinations,” the group’s lawyer, Naseer Syed, told the National Post. “Therefore, without donations, they will be forced to suspend their humanitarian relief programs”…
Formed in 1998, IRFAN-Canada was mostly active in the Muslim world but it ran afoul of federal regulators, who revoked its charity status in 2011. The Canada Revenue Agency said an audit had determined the group was an “integral part” of an international fundraising effort that supported Hamas, a Palestinian terrorist group…