RICHMOND HILL, Ont. – A B’nai Brith Canada investigation has led to our conclusion that a local Islamic leader is abusing his platforms to promote antisemitism and homophobia through an international newsmagazine, which is directly affiliated to a Canadian charity and television show.
In a recent letter, B’nai Brith urged the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to revoke the charitable status of the Islamic Society of York Region (ISYR) over concerns it may be misusing its funds as a charitable organization to promote antisemitism. The ISYR is headed by Imam Zafar Bangash, who has advocated for all Zionists (whom he calls “thieves and bandits”) to leave Israel and go “back where they came from: the U.S., Canada, Europe, Russia, or whoever is willing to take them in.”
The CRA has not responded to B’nai Brith’s request.