TORONTO, Dec. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
strongly welcomes today's announcement by Minister of Public Safety Vic
Toews to add Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps' (IRGC) Qods
Force to the list of terrorist entities that fall under Canada's
Anti-Terrorism Act. Today's decision, which follows the Government's
recent addition (December 11, 2012) of the IRGC to the Special Economic
Measures Act, significantly enhances Canada's array of legal and
security tools available to combat Iranian support for terrorism.
"The Canadian Jewish community deeply appreciates today's long
anticipated announcement by the Conservative government," said David
Koschitzky, Chair of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs. "For
many years, we have called for this measure as the next logical step in
countering international terrorism - and we are gratified that the
government has responded to this appeal."
"In sponsoring horrific terror acts that have claimed scores of lives
around the world, the Iranian regime has acted with impunity for far
too long," said Koschitzky. "Canada's listing of the IRGC sends a clear
and direct message to Tehran that it will be held to account for past
and future acts of terrorism."
The Centre also applauds the unanimous support for listing the IRGC
under the Anti-Terrorism Act by Canada's two largest opposition
parties, and particularly commends the Liberal Party for its efforts in
support of this policy.
The IRGC is widely suspected of having played a pivotal role in various
high-profile attacks, including the 1992 bombing of the Israeli Embassy
and the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community centre (both in
Buenos Aires), as well as last February's attack on Israeli diplomats
in New Delhi. The IRGC is also alleged to support a range of
international terror organizations, including Hezbollah and the
Taliban. In addition to its role as a sponsor of terrorism, the IRGC is
also the principle agent in Iran's illegal efforts to acquire nuclear
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs is a non-partisan organization
that serves as the Canadian Jewish community's official spokesperson to
government and media.
SOURCE: Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
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