What happens when your father is one of the founders and most prominent leaders of Hamas, and you decide to reject violence as a way of life? What do you do when you hear the ancient wisdom to "love your enemies?"
Mosab Hassan Yousef was born in Ramallah, in the West Bank in 1978. His father, Sheikh Hassan Yousef, is founder of the political wing of Hamas, which is internationally recognized as a terrorist organization and responsible for countless suicide bombings and other deadly attacks against Israel including the most recent attack in October.
Yousef was an integral part of the movement, for which he was imprisoned for more than 27 months 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 sought political asylum in America.
Yousef has conferred with ambassadors, presidents, prime ministers, and state officials from governments around the world with interests in Middle Eastern affairs. This unique perspective from inside Hamas provides extraordinary insight into the cycles of violence and the possibilities of a lasting peace that transcend the current political maelstrom.
Yousef’s first book, Son of Hamas, became an international New York Times bestseller and is the basis for The Green Prince, the film documentary that premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival where it was awarded Best Documentary. The film received other awards at the Moscow International Film Festival and at the Israeli Film Festival and made its United States theater debut.
In his book, Yousef reveals important information about the world's most dangerous terrorist organization and unveils the truth about his own secret role, his agonizing separation from family and homeland, and his dangerous choices in hopes for genuine and lasting peace in the region.
Among Yousef’s most compelling qualifications is his vantage point from within the elite senior leadership of Hamas who saw him as the heir-apparent to his father’s legacy. He was groomed to assume his father’s position when he came to believe that war and bloodshed would only continue the mad march toward war between the Palestinians and the Jewish people.
Yousef’s primary purpose is to provide a voice for freedom and peace and bring hope to an entire generation of those who, without a new way of thinking, are destined to follow the destructive patterns of the past.