In 1978, Mosab Hassan Yousef was born to the son of one of Hamas’* seven original founders, Sheikh Hassan Yousef. Growing up, Yousef was raised on radical Islamic values and it seemed almost certain that he would follow in his father’s footsteps and proudly become a terrorist.
But sometimes the apple really does fall far from the tree.
As the years went by, Yousef began questioning the ideology that his father and members of Hamas lived by and eventually decided terrorism could not be the answer. After rejecting the designated terrorist group, he converted to Christianity and became an agent for Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, where he helped prevent terrorist attacks and put Hamas operatives behind bars.
In 2007, Yousef was granted political asylum in the U.S. and has been living here ever since. However, his mission to expose radical Islam is just beginning.
The Jerusalem Post reports the former Israeli spy and author of “Son of Hamas” made a surprise visit to Israel last month for the first time since 2007. While in the country, he spoke with the Post and explained why he believes “Islam is a religion of war.”
Yousef said only 300 million out of 1.6 billion Muslims actually “understand the language of Koran.” The ones that truly comprehend the teachings of Muhammad, he explained, feel an obligation to carry out his teachings and sometimes that means committing acts of violence and many times murder.