In the Son of Hamas, a gripping account of terror, betrayal, Political and covert defection, there are great lessons for the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, and all that glitters is not gold.
The story goes thus:
Mosab Hassan Yousef was born on May 5, 1978 in Ramallah, a city 10 kilometers north of Jerusalem. He is a Palestinian who worked undercover for Israel’s internal security service Shin Bet from 1997 to 2007.
His father, Sheikh Hassan Yousef, was a Hamas leader who spent many years in Israeli prisons. Yousef is the oldest of five brothers and three sisters. As his father’s eldest son, he was seen as his heir apparent and became an important part of the Hamas organization.
Yousef was first arrested when he was ten, during the First Intifada, for throwing stones at Israeli settlers. He was further arrested and jailed by Israel numerous times. In 1996, Yousef was held by Shin Bet agents. While in prison, he decided to accept a Shin Bet offer to become an informant for the Israeli Secret Service. Beginning with his release from prison in 1997, Yousef was considered the Shin Bet’s most reliable source in the Hamas leadership, earning himself the nickname the “Green Prince” – using the color of Hamas‘ flag, and “prince” because of his pedigree as the son of one of the Movement’s founders.
The intelligence he supplied Israel led to the exposure of a number of Hamas cells and Shin Bet considered him its most valuable source within the Hamas leadership: the information he supplied exposed numerous Hamas cells, and assisted Israel in hunting down many activists, including the incarceration of his own father, a Hamas leader Sheikh Hassan Yousef.
In order to thwart any suspicions of collaboration, the Shin Bet staged an arrest attempt, telling the Israel Defense Forces to launch an operation to arrest him, and then provided him intelligence allowing him to escape at the last minute, after which he went into hiding for the rest of his espionage career. This led to the detention of several key Palestinian leaders, including Ibrahim Hamid, a Hamas commander in the West Bank, and Marwan Barghouti.
In 1999, Yousef secretly converted to Christianity, and in August 2008 publicly revealed his Christianity and renounced Hamas and the Arab leadership.
Sheikh Hassan Yousef, Mosab’s father, while in an Israeli prison, disowned his son for spying for Israel.
Meanwhile, Yousef had moved to the United States in 2007 and sought asylum. On June 24, 2010, Shin Bet handler Gonen Ben-Itzhak, who for 10 years worked with Yousef under the cryptonym “Loai“, revealed his own identity in order to testify on behalf of Yousef at an immigration hearing and described Yousef as a “true friend of Israel.”
In March 2010, he published his autobiography titled Son of Hamas, which gives a gripping account of betrayal, intrigue, and unthinkable choices.
Such was the treacherous life of the son of one of Hamas Movement’s founders.
Members of the Islamic Movement globally need to be careful!