Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Dear Canada Revenue Agency: You Revoked IRFAN's Charitable Status a Year Ago (For Supporting Jihadis). Why Is It Still Operating as a Charity?

Almost exactly a year ago, the Canada Revenue Agency announced it was stripping the International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy Canada (IRFAN) of its charitable status because it was "an integral part of an international fundraising effort to support Hamas." And yet IRFAN--motto: "PROVIDING HOPE FOR A BETTER LIFE" (presumably, one in which there's no Israel)--is advertised as one of the sponsors of this upcoming Muslim event.

What gives? How is it that IRFAN is still up and running as a charity when, for a good twelve months now, it has had no such designation? Might it have another source of income from a distant shore which enables it to survive and apparently thrive even though it can no longer provide tax receipts to domestic donors?

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