This is a question a few of the people we have contacted have asked. Independently of each other, Maggie and I have investigated the matter and we have both concluded that he is not. Neither one of us found any evidence, even circumstantial.
Here is the response I wrote to a good friend who asked the question…
My research so far Stogie [and Ran has raised this same point too] has shown that this may be a misinterpretation of Mr. Yousef’s current feelings. Over at Stand For Israel, Rabbi Eckstein wrote [quoted in full; emphasis mine]:
A new book written by Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, one of the founding member of the Hamas terrorist group, has taken the media world by storm. Titled Son Of Hamas, it offers a view of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict few others could provide. It is also a compelling chronicle of one man’s transformation from a would-be terrorist into a man who works with Israel to track down terrorists – and who rejects the Muslim faith he grew up with to convert to Christianity.
As “insider” history, Son Of Hamas is invaluable. For instance, Mosab tells how Palestinian Authority leader Yasser Arafat sabotaged the 2000 Camp David talks between Israel and the Palestinians to help provide a pretext for the bloody Second Intifada: ” [Arafat] insisted that all the [Arab] refugees be permitted to return to the lands they had owned prior to 1967 – a condition he was confident Israel would not accept… Arafat had been handed the keys to peace in the Middle East along with real nationhood for the Palestinian people – and he had thrown them away.” The conventional wisdom, Mosab insists – that the Second Intifada was “a spontaneous eruption of Palestinian rage” – is dead wrong.
But Mosab’s personal story is equally compelling. At age 18 he is arrested by Israeli security forces, imprisoned, and subject to harsh interrogation. In this Israeli prison – ruled on the inside by Hamas in the same way that street gangs hold power in some American prisons – Mosab sees Hamas leadership inflicting unspeakable cruelty on their fellow Palestinians. His faith in the terrorist group begins to weaken. “Every day, there was screaming; every night, torture,” he remarks with horror. “Hamas was torturing its own people!… Was this Hamas? Was this Islam?”
Despite these revelations, Mosab’s hatred and distrust of the Israelis still runs deep. When offered freedom in exchange for acting as an informant for the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret police, he accepts, but only because he believes that it will put him in a better position to take revenge on his Israeli captors.
Ironically, Mosab’s work with the Shin Bet only serves to greatly improve his view of Israel. “The world I knew was relentlessly eroding, revealing another world that I was just beginning to understand,” he says. “Every time I met with the Shin Bet, I learned something new, something about my life, about others. It wasn’t brainwashing through mind-numbing repetition, starvation, and sleep deprivation. What the Israelis were teaching me was more logical and more real than anything I had ever heard from my own people.”
In the end, however, what really reconciles Mosab to the Israelis is his conversion to Christianity, which gradually leads him to a new understanding of his “enemies,” his friends, and himself. “For years I had struggled to know who my enemy was, and I had looked for enemies outside of Islam and Palestine,” he says, describing his transformation. “But I suddenly realized that the Israelis were not my enemies… I saw that enemies were not defined by nationality, religion, or color. I understood that we all share the same common enemies: greed, pride, and all the bad ideas and the darkness of the devil that live inside us.”
Whatever your religion, if you are a friend of Israel you will find Son Of Hamas to be a compelling and engaging story of faith and intrigue. Buy a copy of the book today – both for its revealing insights into the Arab-Israeli conflict that you will not find in the daily news, and for its stirring affirmation of the power of faith in God to transform lives for the better.
I would also direct you to this blog posting:
I have so far found no other Jewish sites that condemn his views on Israel.