Terrorism Profiles

International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy-Canada

Alternative Names:

International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy, International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy (Canada), IRFAN, IRFAN – Canada, IRFAN Society1

Location:

Canada

Leadership:

IRFAN-Canada is based in the Toronto area.

Membership:

IRFAN has offices but no paid staff, according to Yavar Hameed, a lawyer for the group.

Funding Sources:

IRFAN exploits a broad network of private donors and charitable support organizations to raise funds, which are subsequently diverted to listed entities in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.

Ideological Roots:

IRFAN’s ideological roots are unclear, however, the Canada Revenue Agency has recovered materials at IRFAN-Canada’s offices that demonize the state of Israel and appeal for Muslims to join the struggle against Israel.

Objectives:

IRFAN’s stated objectives are to provide humanitarian assistance to struggling individuals and communities located in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.

Tactics:

Fundraising. Between 2005 and 2011, IRFAN transferred over $14 million to groups associated with Hamas under the guise of humanitarian relief funds. IRFAN is classified as a terrorist organization by the Government of Canada and several other Western countries.

Updated on January 7, 2016.

References


  1. “Currently Listed Entities: International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy - Canada.” Public Safety Canada. Last modified November, 2014. Accessed December 17, 2015. http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/ntnl-scrt/cntr-trrrsm/lstd-ntts/crrnt-lstd-ntts-eng.aspx
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