Group goes to court to get Hezbollah banned
A Jewish organization is asking the Federal Court of Canada to order the federal government to ban Hezbollah.
B'nai Brith says Ottawa has a duty to stop the radical group from raising money in Canada.
B'nai Brith accuses the government of providing protection and comfort to a terrorist organization.
The application was filed in Winnipeg.
Call for total ban
It asks the court to order Ottawa to place the entire Hezbollah organization on a list of banned terrorist organization.
Right now, Ottawa has banned only the military wing of Hezbollah from fundraising.
Foreign Minister Bill Graham has said he won't outlaw the group entirely because of what he calls its social and political work in Lebanon.
At a news conference Friday, B'nai Brith executive Vice-President Frank Dimant said that should make no difference.
"It is nave for the government of the day to presume that the building blocks of terror... [including] the so-called charitable organizations surrounding the terrorist entity, do not contribute to the ultimate act of terror," he said.
Groups on the list have their assets frozen and membership in the banned groups can lead to jail terms of up to 10 years.
- FROM NOV. 27, 2002: More groups outlawed as terrorist organizations
Earlier this week, the federal government added six new names to the terrorism list, including the Palestinian group Hamas.