03 March 2010
The jailed Hamas leader Sheik Hassan Yousef has disowned his eldest son after learning that he was a spy for Israel. Hassan Yousef, who has been held in an Israeli prison since 2005, said in a statement that he, along with other family members, disowned his oldest son Mosab, 32. The statement was reportedly smuggled out of his Israeli prison.
Mosab Yousef was Israel’s most valuable source on Hamas for more than a decade . He converted to Christianity ten years ago and left the West Bank in 2007 for California, where he now resides.
His spying was reported last week by the Israeli daily Haaretz in advance of this week's release of ‘Son of Hamas’, a book written by Mosab Yousef and Rob Brackin. The son of Hassan Yousef reportedly was code-named "Green Prince" by the Mossad. His intervention is said to have led to the prevention of dozens of suicide bombing attacks and assassination attempts on Israeli officials, and the exposing of several terrorist cells.
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