Maggie heard about it via Uncoverage on Twitter.

As we get details, we’ll update.

UPDATE at 1429…

Karen has the details from the AP report here.

UPDATE at 1655…

-A statement from the Endowment for Middle East Truth [EMET].

-The report in Haaretz.

BEST LINE OF THE DAY [by Maggie]: 

Today will give Mosab on an early start to Independence Day.


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Help Keep Mosab Yousef in the United States

Today – June 30th

Mosab is in the

DHS Immigration Court

Scroll down for current posts or click a link

Introduction – Who is Mosab Yousef and Why are We trying to Keep Him in the U.S.

Mosab Yousef’s Political Asylum: Mosab’s Day in Court

H-Hour for Mosab Yousef Including WaPo OpEd by Mosab and Gonen ben Itzhak

Jonathan Hunt Responsible for Israeli Handler Coming to U.S.? – Video

D-Day for Mosab Yousef is Tomorrow

Doug Lamborn Collects Signatures in Congress for Mosab Yousef

Mosab Yousef’s Israeli Shin-Bet Handler in US for Court

Mosab Yousef’s Pastor Calls for Support

Toronto Jewish Defense League Rally for Mosab on June 29th

What Homeland Security Knows About Mosab Yousef

The Mosab Yousef Widget – grab it for you website!

Christianity Today Interview with Mosab Yousef

Mosab Yousef’s San Diego Church and His Baptism – Part 6 Video

The Institute on Religion and Democracy Asks ‘Why?’

The Courage of Mosab Yousef

Mosab Yousef’s Conversion from Islam to Christianity Part 5 Video

Rabbi Eckstein on Mosab Yousef

Yousef’s Fight is Our Fight

Mosab on Hamas Cruelty and Torture Part 4 Video

Q: Is Mosab Yousef Anti-Israel? A: No

The Editors of the WSJ: ‘This is Bizarre’

Steven Givler on Mosab Yousef

Friends of Save Mosab Yousef: Part 1

Sean Hannity Interviews Mosab Yousef (Video)

Mosab on Hamas, His Father and Seeing Hamas in a Different Light Part 3 Video

Open Letter to San Diego U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter

Fox News Special ‘Escape from Hamas’ (videos)

Mosab Yousef Speaks of Growing up in Ramallah Part 2 Video

Homeland In-Security by Mosab Yousef

Wall Street Journal interview with Mosab: Muslims Need to be Liberated from their God

Mosab Yousef on Islam Part 1 Video

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Mosab Yousef’s Political Asylum: Mosab’s Day in Court

Many of us rejoiced as the news that Mosab Hassan Yousef had his day in court and was granted political asylum. Two questions: Is DHS paying Mosab’s legal bills, and why did not a single Democrat sign Congressman Doug Lamborn’s letter of support? Today, Mosab tells the story.

Gonen ben Itzhak and Mosab Yousef

By Mosab Hassan Yousef

Dated July 1, 2010

Political Asylum Granted!

Honestly, I am still in shock. I was sitting beside my attorney, focused on how I would answer the questions that were coming. Gonen ben Itzhak, my dear friend and former Shin Bet handler, had flown in from Israel to testify on my behalf and waited with a security guard in the empty courtroom next door.
Judge Rico Bartolomei was entering into the record all the documents and motions that had been introduced since my last hearing, getting everybody on the same page before we started.
That done, he called for Gonen.
That’s when DHS senior attorney Kerri Calcador dropped the bombshell. The Department of Homeland Security, she said, no longer opposes the asylum petition of Mosab Hassan Yousef.
No one in the courtroom could get hold of what had just happened. Not me, not the judge, not my attorney. We were prepared for several hours of testimony and defense. But 15 minutes after we walked into the courtroom, it was over.
There was nothing left to do. Judge Bartolomei granted me political asylum, pending a routine background check, rose and left the courtroom. Then the security guards efficiently led all of us out of the courtroom, down the halls, through the razor-wired fences and out into the parking lot, where a crowd of well-wishers applauded and cheered and network cameras rolled.
As we drove home through San Diego, we thanked God for his grace and for all those he used to make this happen.
For countless people around the world who prayed for me.
For FOX News, which is a lot more than just a conservative voice. Over the past year and a half, I have come to know and respect the professionals at FOX who have become much more to me than reporters, producers and camera crews. They are good people who had the courage to cover a story that others rejected and/or did not understand. Special thanks to chief correspondent Jonathan Hunt.
For U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), who circulated a letter through the House of Representatives that was co-sponsored by 21 other congressmen, asking DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano to give “full consideration . . . to Mr. Yousef’s views and conduct in recent years, particularly his cooperation with Shin Bet at significant risk to his own safety and life.” Signatories include Representatives Frank Wolf (VA), Trent Franks (AZ), Cynthia Lummis (WY), Bill Posey (FL), Kenny Marchant (TX), John Kline (MN), John Shadegg (AZ), Joe Wilson (SC), Daniel Lungren (CA), John Boozman (AK), Michele Bachmann (MN), Marsha Blackburn (TN), Bill Shuster (PA), Joseph Pitts (PA), Lynn Jenkins (KS), Rob Bishop (UT), Jeff Fortenberry (NE), Dan Rohrabacher (CA), Robert Aderholt (AL), Mike Pence (IN) and Aaron Schock (IL).
For Tzachi Hanegbi, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee of The Knesset (Israeli Parliament), MK Einat Wilf and other committee members for their very kind letter thanking me for my “actions to strengthen the security of Israeli citizens and Palestinian residents from 1998 to 2007.”
For the wisdom and integrity of DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.
I am especially grateful to Sarah Stern, president of the Endowment for Middle Eastern Truth. Today’s blessings would not have happened without her and this amazing organization.

End Mosab’s story

Read about his book Son of Hamas

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Statement from EMET [Endowment for Middle East Truth]

This was posted on their blog this afternoon:

Breaking News: Government Dismisses Deportation Case Against Mosab Hassan Yousef

By KyleS

EMET has just received word directly from Mosab that the Government has officially dismissed its deportation case against Mosab Hassan Yousef at a federal detention center in San Diego.

Mosab has told us that it was thanks to the efforts of EMET that the government decided to dismiss its case and grant him political asylum.

EMET is enormously grateful to all those who played a part in standing with Mosab during this time, and helping the Department of Homeland Security come to understand what a grave error deporting Mosab would have been.

A special thank you is due to Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), who authored a letter to DHS secretary Janet Napolitano, co-sponsored with 21 other Representatives. We wish to thank each and every representative who added their names to this call for sanity and to do right by a man who has stood up to terrorism and hatred, at a great personal cost.

Thanks also to former Ambassador R. James Woolsey, who also wrote a letter on Mosab’s behalf, and to all those who called, wrote, or emailed their congressional representatives and the White House on behalf of seeing justice done.

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Haaretz: American Authorities Retract Request

From Haaretz, Natasha Mozgovaya reporting:

…on Wednesday Homeland Security officials indicated they were prepared to grant Yousef asylum, thus retracting their original intention, after claiming to have received new information which shed new light on the case.

The pro-Israel think-tank EMET, who had aided Yusef in his attempts to be granted asylum, said in a statement following Wednesday’s ruling that they were “enormously grateful to all those who played a part in standing with Mosab during this time, and helping the Department of Homeland Security come to understand what a grave error deporting Mosab would have been.”

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Great News! Mosab Yousef Was Granted Asylum

To everyone who joined in the effort to save Yousef from certain death, thank you. Mosab Yousef was granted asylum at his deportation hearing this morning.

The son of a Hamas founder who became a Christian and an Israeli spy will be granted U.S. asylum after he passes a routine background check, an immigration judge ruled Wednesday.

Mosab Hassan Yousef got the news during a 15-minute deportation hearing after a U.S. Department of Homeland Security attorney said the government was dropping its objections.

The agency denied Yousef’s asylum request in February 2009, arguing that he had been involved in terrorism and was a threat to the United States.

Attorney Kerri Calcador gave no explanation for the government’s change of heart.

The immigration judge, Rico Bartolomei, ruled that Yousef will be allowed to remain in the United States after he is fingerprinted and passes a routine background check.

Finally some sanity in this new Bizarro World we find ourselves in.

This surely is great news.

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Yousef in Court Today: Jonathan Hunt Responsible for Israeli Handler Coming to the US?

This interview with Shep Smith and reporter Jonathan Hunt took place yesterday, the 29th, and includes comments from Mosab Yousef and his handler, Gonen Ben-Itzak. Mosab is in court this morning. Also, very interesting that Shep says to Hunt:

Jonathan Hunt

I’m told you persuaded his Israeli Secret Service agent to go public in support for Mosab.”

If Hunt was involved with bringing Captain G to the U.S. that is incredible. The Fox reporters are mountain-tops above the rest of the media.

At Save Mosab Yousef, we have been told yesterday Shep Smith mentioned that the Immigration Court was moved to a “desert” location for security. We cannot confirm that, but have had two unrelated reports. Mosab is either in Court this minute, or perhaps it is now over (court would have convened one hour ago). Stay tuned for the “verdict,” and if you hear the news first, let us know.

Shep Smith and Jonathan Hunt with Mosab Yousef (video)

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H-Hour For Mosab Yousef [Updated Below]

Today is the day that Mosab Yousef has his day in court before an immigration judge who will decide if he will be deported back to the Middle East where he is subject to two death sentences imposed by Muslims, one for spying for Israel in an effort to prevent murders by Hamas and the other for converting from Islam to Christianity.

From the comments we have been getting here and from searching the Internet, I know that there’s a lot of prayers being offered for this brave young man.

Many bloggers have taken up Mr. Yousef’s cause [some are listed in our sidebar]; here’s one example.  Some members of the Congress have, as you will see by reading our other postings on this site, made efforts to get Homeland Security to come to their senses.

Here are just some of the comments I have collected this morning…

-We have this, as reported by The Jerusalem Post:

…Former CIA Director James Woolsey says his deportation would discourage other potential spies.

“It is not an exaggeration to say that such an action would set us back years in the war on terrorism,” Woolsey wrote in a letter released by Yousef’s attorney. “Mosab’s deportation would be such an inhumane act it would constitute a blight on American history.”

-Another AP article reports:

Former CIA Director James Woolsey calls him a “remarkable young man” who should be commended for “extraordinary heroism and courage.”

Carl In Jerusalem comments:

Someone on Twitter actually asked me why Israel doesn’t give Yousef asylum. I said it was Yousef’s choice to live in the US. If you had the choice between living 9 miles or 9,000 miles away from people who really, really want to kill you (as opposed to all other people they’d like to kill at random), which would you choose? The answer seems obvious to me.


The Libertarian Advocate compares Mr. Yousef’s case to another notable one from recent weeks:

If [Obama’s Aunt] Zeituni even just barely cleared the political asylum hurdle (which is typically set quite high) then Mosab Hassan Yousef certainly sails over that barrier with several feet to spare. Yet, Department of Homeland Security has already denied Mosab Yousef asylum on the grounds that he provided material support to a Terrorist Organization (Hamas) even though DHS knows that (a) Yousef was an Israeli penetration agent within the organization and (b) Yousef is subject to a death sentence in Gaza as a traitor and apostate Muslim. We all now know to well just how grizzly Islamist beheading executions are.

I notice this morning that a good many media outlets are publishing some form of the AP story by Elliot Spagat that was released in the early morning hours of today.

Here are several interesting tidbits from The Jerusalem Post article linked above:

Israel has not commented on Yousef’s claims, though members of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee wrote him this month to thank him and recognize his work for Shin Bet.

His attorney, Steven Seick, said Shin Bet will not have a representative address the immigration judge but that the now-retired officer who recruited and supervised him, Gonen Ben-Itzhak, is expected to testify.

Ben-Itzhak wrote that hundreds of Israelis and Palestinians owe their lives to Yousef for preventing violence. The officer is identified only by a pseudonym, Loai, in court documents.

The government does not plan to call witnesses, Seick said.

Yousef’s attorney wanted an FBI agent to support Yousef’s claim that he gave information about Hamas and terrorism. The FBI refused but said it would not object if Yousef testifies he met twice with agency personnel.

So, Israel thanks the man and the FBI, under some pressure no doubt from the pro-Muslims in The White House, sends a subtle message that acknowledges Mr. Yousef’s claims.  Why then is this insanity proceeding?

In that excerpt just quoted, Mr. Yousef’s Shin Bet handler is mentioned again.  As reported here, at great risk to himself Gonen Ben-Itzhak has come out of the shadows to stand by his friend Mosab Yousef at his hearing. 

Gonen Ben-Itzhak and Mosab Yousef
[Photo courtesy of
Carl In Jerusalem]

But that is not all: the two men have penned an op-ed that was published by The Washington Post this morning. [Kudos to TWP]  I quote it in full:

Why deport a friend to Middle East peace?

By Mosab Hassan Yousef and Gonen ben Itzhak
Wednesday, June 30, 2010; A17

Ours is an unlikely friendship. One of us (Gonen ben Itzhak) is an Israeli, the son of a retired Israel Defense Forces (IDF) general who was in charge of defeating the first intifada some 20 years ago. One of us (Mosab Hassan Yousef) is a Palestinian, the son of a founder of Hamas whose father was one of the leaders of that intifada. The Palestinians’ goal for the intifada was to elevate their cause. Israel sought to keep violence down and protect its citizens. Today we are sacrificing everything — possibly even our lives — to build a bridge of peace between our peoples.

As detailed in the book “Son of Hamas,” published this year, we became partners in the fight against terrorism; Mosab became an undercover agent for the Shin Bet, Israel’s security service; Gonen became his Shin Bet handler. In the nine years we worked together, the two of us, once sworn enemies, embraced mutual recognition and rejected the mind-set of revenge.

All the efforts of Hamas and the Palestine Liberation Organization failed to achieve the goals of the intifada. All the efforts of the IDF failed to stop the hate that fueled the intifada.

Mosab observed firsthand the craziness of the cycle of violence. Mosab began to question who his real enemies were: the Hamas leaders who tortured their fellow Palestinian prisoners, or the Shin Bet, who arrested and imprisoned him. Over the 16 months that Mosab was in prison, the answer became clear, and this persuaded Mosab to go undercover for the Shin Bet. Gonen, whose code name was “Captain Loai,” became Mosab’s handler. Mosab’s reports led to the arrests of several high-ranking Palestinian figures. As we worked together to prevent the deaths of hundreds of Israelis and Palestinians, the two of us became friends.

We believe that friendships like ours are key to eliminating hate and promoting the liberty that both our peoples so desperately desire.

Mosab converted to Christianity in 2005 and moved to California in 2007. America has a vision of a world where liberty reigns. When Mosab brought terrorists to justice while working undercover for the Shin Bet, he was American at heart, fighting for liberty and justice.

Mosab has lived in this country for more than two years. We were shocked when, in 2009, the Department of Homeland Security opposed his request for political asylum, all the more so when it threatened to deport Mosab in the name of protecting American security. If this decision is upheld, it will signal to the world that America does not stand by those who sacrifice to oppose terrorism. If America wants liberty to prevail in all places, it must not abandon those who share the ideals of freedom.

Gathering human intelligence in the war against terrorism will become impossible if the United States does not protect those who risk their lives on behalf of American values.

Mosab was born a son of Hamas, but he rejected his violent destiny and found the strength to choose a different path. But having left revenge behind, he faces possible deportation as payback for embracing the ideal of loving his enemy.

When an immigration judge in California decides about Mosab’s future on Wednesday, the ramifications will be much greater than whether he is sent back to certain death anywhere in the Middle East. It is a decision about the future of liberty and about the best path to peace.

Whatever happens in San Diego, we hope that our story can be a bridge to peace. Peace is a state of mind and heart before it is a political reality. Our friendship is proof that hating hearts can change — and that changed hearts are the only hope for liberty.

I can add nothing to that except: if you’re the praying kind, do it now.

UPDATE at 0937…

The Lonely Conservative has embedded the video of the Fox News report on the case here and has an excerpt from and link to the National Review Online Editorial supporting Mr. Yousef’s request for asylum.

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