Jihad recruitment in Montreal mosques. And what is being done about it? Any challenge being issued to Muslims in Canada to strike at the roots of this recruitment and explicitly renounce political Islam and Islamic supremacism? No. Any reevaluation of Muslim immigration into Canada, or even any attempt made to screen out potential jihadists (a flawed but possibly useful first step)? No. Any call to Muslims to renounce any intention of imposing Sharia in Canada now or in the future? No. What are you, some kind of Islamophobe?
“Charkaoui told CSIS about jihad recruiting,” by Graeme Hamilton in the National Post:
MONTREAL – In a previously undisclosed interview with CSIS investigators, alleged al-Qaeda sleeper agent Adil Charkaoui described how members of Montreal’s Arab community were recruiting people for jihad before 9/11.
“Charkaoui explained that many are called but few are chosen. It’s a funnel effect,” according to a summary of the April, 2001, interview with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, just added to the court record.
“The person responsible for recruitment attends certain nerve centres, such as mosques. Someone whom the recruiter considers to have potential will be invited to meetings where he will be exposed to certain activities having to do with jihad. The person is tested. If any flaw is detected related to the security that he must respect to participate in jihad activities, he will be expelled from the group immediately.”
Nowhere in the interview does Mr. Charkaoui admit to participatingin the recruitment effort, but his comments reveal a depth of knowledge about the goings-on within Montreal’s extremist community.
Mr. Charkaoui, a Moroccan citizen who came to Montreal in 1995, was arrested two years after the interview on suspicion of belonging to al-Qaeda. He has denied any involvement in terrorism and is contesting his removal from Canada on a federal security certificate that declared him a danger to national security. Mr. Charkaoui said he came to know Abdellah Ouzghar, a former Montrealer who is facing extradition to France after being convicted in absentia of terrorism charges, at Montreal’s Assunah (or Al Sunnah)mosque.
Mr. Ouzghar attended the mosque regularly and worked at promoting jihad among those attending prayers. “Charkaoui specified that he disagrees with this way of acting,” the interview summary says.
“According to Charkaoui, Ouzghar is someone who is very direct in his dealings with others, which explains his tendency to want to convert lots of people all over the place. Charkaoui, for his part, favours a more nuanced and targeted approach.” He reported that videos promoting jihad were available for rental at Assunah….