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October 21, 2015

TORONTO – A lawyer once dubbed by Newsweek as the “woman fighting ISIS in court” says one of the ways to bring terror organizations to their knees is to “go after their pocketbooks.”

Founder and president of the Israel Law Centre, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner was in town Wednesday evening to deliver a talk called “Bankrupting Terrorism — One Lawsuit at a Time,” at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club.

“Money is the oxygen to a terrorism organization,” Darshan-Leitner said ahead of a talk scheduled for dozens of club members and their guests. “If you block the flow of money, you can block the flow of terrorism.”

The day after the federal election, prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau announced Canada would withdraw its CF-18 fighter jets from Iraq and Syria. Canada would remain part of the coalition against ISIS in a “responsible way,” he said.

When asked about her views on Trudeau’s first move in office, Darshan-Leitner thoughtfully paused. She said she does not want to “get involved in politics so much.”

She believes “the way to fight terrorism is to unify all forces of all democracies.

“If we want to stop ISIS, we have to do it now,” Darshan-Leitner said. “Canada will make a big mistake if they’re not going to take part in this war.”

Trudeau has also indicated a desire to normalize relations with Iran.

“If Iran stops its violence or inciting violence or taking part in violence against Israelis, then it’s OK to normalize relations with them,” Dashnar-Leitner said.

But if Iran continues to be “hostile,” then neither Canada nor other countries should normalize relations.

“Giving legitimacy to a country that wants to destroy another country is not normal,” she added.