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The Detroit Jewish News, 2004-05-21

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an earthquake among people and
make them think," said Martin
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Rudner, director of the Canadian
Centre of Intelligence and Security
Studies at Carleton University in
new book that portrays
Ottawa. "He really brings the infor-
Canada as a haven for
mation home."
international terrorism
One of the nefarious figures high-
charges that Canadian bor-
lighted in Cold Terror is Fauzi Ayub, a
der and immigration authorities
Lebanese-born father of three from
repeatedly have slipped up and
allowed Middle Eastern and other ter- . Toronto who was arrested in Israel two
years ago for plotting terrorist attacks
rorists to enter the country and even
with Hezbollah.
become Canadian citizens.
Though he had been implicated in
In Cold Terror: How Canada
an assassination plot against the Israeli
Nurtures and Exports Terrorism Around
prime minister, Ayub was one of sever-
the World" (John Wiley & Sons
al hundred prisoners released last
Canada; $26.95), author Stewart Bell
January in an exchange with Hezbollah
documents how Canada's top leaders
for a captured Israeli businessman and
long have denied or ignored the pres-
the bodies of three Israeli soldiers.
ence of hundreds of terrorist opera-
Ayub is still in Lebanon, but
tives in Canada, despite repeated
warnings from CSIS, the nation's secu- Canadian consular officials say he
hopes to return to Canada, Bell said.
rity and intelligence service.
As in the case of Ayub, Canadian
Among various unrealized criminal
border officials failed to stop
schemes, Canadian-based terrorists
Mahmoud Mohammed Issa
have plotted to assassinate a visiting
Mohammad from entering Canada in
Israeli dignitary, bring down an El Al
1987. A participant in a lethal assault
aircraft over Canadian airspace and
on an El Al plane in Athens in 1968,
bomb a Jewish neighborhood in
the former member of the Popular
Montreal. They also have helped
Front for the Liberation of Palestine
organize suicide bombings in Israel,
has used one legal maneuver after
according to Bell, a reporter for the
another to stave off deportation.
National Post newspaper.
"The Mohammad case is a great
"Over the years, the only organiza-
of how our immigration sys-
tion that has really kept track of this
tem has fallen down on this issue,"
issue and organized any effective lob-
Bell said. "It's a farce."
bying to political leaders has been the
Cold Terror also spotlights Jamal
Jewish community," he said, explain-
Akkal, a former university student
ing why he chose to launch his book
from Windsor, Ontario, who was
at a Toronto synagogue.
arrested in Gaza last summer for
In the book, as in countless journal-
Hamas-related activities. He allegedly
istic articles, the 38-year-old Bell has
was recruited to return to Canada and
probed the shadowy world and deeds
attack a visiting Israeli dignitary or
of local representatives of various
Canadian or U.S. Jews.
international terrorist organizations,
"He hasn't been convicted yet, but it
including Hezbollah, Hamas, Al-
certainly is a signal that Hamas is
Qaida and other groups that target
expanding its campaign outside of the
Americans and Jews.
Middle East to attack what some con-
Expert at prying loose security-relat-
sider the soft underbelly of Israel,
ed secrets through freedom of infor-
which is the Jewish community world-
mation legislation, Bell has amassed
wide," Bell said.
what may be the largest private collec-
The book also recounts the case of
tion of classified intelligence docu-
former Montreal resident Ahmed
ments in the country.
Ressam, the Algerian-born Al-Qaida
Even a writer at the rival Globe and
operative arrested by American border
Mail newspaper has called Bell
guards in 1999 while attempting to
"Canada's leading reporter on national
bring a carload of explosives into the
security and terrorism."
United States. His intended target was
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