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"If Israel fails in the Middle East, I tell people here in the West that the Western civilization will fail."
Mosab Hassan Yousef was born in Ramallah, in the West Bank in 1978.
His father, Sheikh Hassan Yousef, is a founding leader of Hamas, internationally recognized as a terrorist organization and responsible for countless suicide bombings and other deadly attacks against Israel.
Yousef was an integral part of the movement, for which he was imprisoned several times by the Shin Bet, the Israeli intelligence service. He withstood torture in prison only to discover Hamas was torturing its own people in a relentless search for collaborators. He began to question who his enemies really were— Israel? Hamas? America? After a chance encounter with a British tourist, Yousef started a six-year quest that jeopardized Hamas, endangered his family and threatened his life.
He has since embraced the Christian faith and sought political asylum in America.
Mosab Hassan Yousef (Arabic: مصعب حسن يوسف; now known as Joseph; born 1978 (age 32–33)) is a Palestinian and son of a Hamas founder and leader Sheikh Hassan Yousef. From 1997 to 2007, he worked undercover for Israel's internal security service Shin Bet, which considered him its most valuable source within the Hamas leadership.
According to Israeli sources, the information Yousef supplied prevented dozens of suicide attacks and assassinations of Israelis, exposed numerous Hamas cells, and assisted Israel in hunting down many militants, including Yousef's own father . In March 2010, he published his autobiography entitled "Son of Hamas".