OTTAWA, May 13, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, Minister of Citizenship and
Immigration Jason Kenney announced the deportation of Mahmoud Mohammad
Issa Mohammad to Lebanon. Mohammad, a former terrorist affiliated with
the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was convicted in a
deadly 1968 attack on an Israeli passenger airliner in Greece and
subsequently freed after Palestinian terrorists hijacked another
airliner and threatened to blow it up unless he was released. He moved
to Ontario in 1987 and has since been fighting deportation efforts by
Canadian authorities through a protracted series of appeals after the
Government of Canada discovered his true identity and terrorist
activities in 1988.
In response to today's announcement, Shimon Koffler Fogel, CEO of the
Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, issued the following statement:
"We applaud Minister Kenney for this weekend's deportation. It is a
relief that, although long delayed, justice was ultimately not denied
in this case.
"This particular file, which stems back to the 1980's, underscores the
imperative of the government's recent efforts to strengthen the
efficiency and responsiveness of our immigration and refugee system.
For just as it is critical that we provide swift and compassionate
support to legitimate refugees, it is likewise essential that we
prevent Canada from being used as a safe haven for terrorists."
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs is a non-partisan organization
that serves as the advocacy arm of the Jewish Federations of Canada.
SOURCE: Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
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