RackForce Wholesale Hosting Solutions, an Internet company in Kelowna, B.C., has removed six sites from its computers that promoted jihad and vilified Jews.
One of the websites, www.shareeah.org, had connections to Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist organization and was being investigated by the RCMP. Operated by Abu Hamza Al-Misri, a terrorism suspect in prison in Britain and waiting deportation to the United States, the site promoted and supported suicide bombing.
Once the company determined it violated its acceptable use policy, RackForce decided to remove it along with five other sites a European re-seller had placed with it, said Randall Robinson, the company?s web service manager.
RackForce sold the server space through the reseller and was not aware of their contents until they were brought to its attention, Robinson said.
The other sites that were removed were www.islaam-online.net, www.jewstoislam.com, www.worldofislam.us, www.newsuncovered.org and www.al-thabaat.com.
?Most of the sites were terrorist-oriented,? said Leo Adler, director of national affairs for the Simon Wiesenthal Centre. ?One of the sites extolled the virtues of suicide bombing.?
Robinson said an American terrorism-monitoring organization, the SITE Institute, first brought shareeah.org to its attention and the Wiesenthal Centre identified the other websites. He said that even though they had lost their Canadian host, they were back, up and running on a server in Chicago.
?That fact suggests they?ve been bouncing this around for a long period of time,? he said.
Adler said while Canadian companies are generally co-operative in removing these kinds of sites, there are numerous options available for terror groups outside the country. ?I urge the Canadian government to lead the way to evolve an international effort to stop terror sites,? he said.
?The problem with the Internet is precisely its biggest advantage. It?s free, easily accessible and virtually unregulated. With all those wonderful things, that aspect allows terrorist and hate groups to prosper,? Adler stated.
Robinson said it is extremely difficult to monitor and regulate content on the web. ?Better to allow this to pop up in Canada so the RCMP and CSIS (the Canadian Security Intelligence Service) can gather information.? It would be more difficult to monitor these sites if they were placed on computers in places like Asia, he added.
RackForce has about 80,000 websites on its servers.