Following complaints from the National Council of Canadian Muslims about the inclusion of a rabbi who participated in an event with anti-Jihadist activists Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer with the Prime Minister's delegation to Israel, PMO spokesman Jason MacDonald stated:
"We will not take seriously criticism from an organization with documented ties to a terrorist organization such as Hamas."
The National Council of Canadian Muslims was until a recent name-change known as The Council on American-Islamic Relations (Canada) and was the Canadian affiliate of the American CAIR, which was an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land terror-financing trial.
NCCM denies it has links to terror organizations or is anti-Semitic.As CAIR-CAN, one of its former Chairs had endorsed Youssef Qaradawi who claimed that "Allah sent Hitler to punish the Jews."
MCCM also has a number of links to the terror group Hamas' parent organization The Muslim Brotherhood, which was recently declared a terrorist organization by the Egyptian government.
In related news, federal Cabinet Minister Jason Kenney elucidated on the Canadian government's support for Israel and commitment to combat anti-Semitism by saying:
"We see the kind of culture of hatred in various parts of the world, regrettably in some dark corners of Canada, as some of this kind of new anti-Semitism.”
Kenney said the hatred “repeats many of the old canards and conspiracy theories of the old European style anti-Semitism,” and is also displaying a new, more virulent form of violence.
“It often finds itself at the nexus between radical Jihadi Islamism and the far left. This is a reality on our university campuses. It’s a reality in many different parts ofthe world, and it’s a reality we can’t ignore.”