Canada outlaws 3 more Palestinian terror groups
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Canada added three high-profile Palestinian groups to its list of banned
terrorist organizations Thursday.
The Palestine Liberation Front, the Popular Front for the Liberation of
Palestine and the PFLP-General Command all "knowingly engaged in terrorist
activity," Solicitor General Wayne Easter said in a news release.
The new listings increased to 34 the total number of organizations banned
under Canada's Anti-Terrorism Act, which was passed after the Sept. 11,
2001, terrorist attacks in the United States.
Listed organizations are prohibited from any activity in Canada and can have
their assets seized. Anyone belonging to or having dealings with them faces
penalties of up to 10 years in jail.
The solicitor general's Web site described the Palestine Liberation Front's
Abu Abbas faction as a small, armed splinter group allied to Yasser Arafat's
Palestinian Liberation Organization.
It carried out the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro ship and other high-
profile attacks, the Web site said.
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine is a secular group involved in
suicide bombings and other terrorist attacks, according to Easter's office,
while PFLP-General Command seeks the destruction of Israel and has carried
out numerous attacks including the 1970 bombing of a Swissair jet flying to
Tel Aviv that killed 47 people.