What happens when your dad is the founder of Hamas, and then you decide to become a follower of Jesus? And what do you do when you hear Jesus' command to "love your enemies?" Mosab Hassan Yousef was born in Ramallah, in the West Bank in 1978. His father, Sheikh Hassan Yousef, is a founding leader of Hamas, internationally recognized as a terrorist organization and responsible for countless suicide bombings and other deadly attacks against Israel.
Yousef was an integral part of the movement, for which he was imprisoned several times 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 embraced the Christian faith and sought political asylum in America.
In 2014, acclaimed documentary film, The Green Prince, featuring Mosab Hassan Yousef and Gonen Ben-Itzhak, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival where it received the Audience Award for best documentary. The film received other awards at the Moscow International Film Festival and at the Israeli Film Festival and is making its United States theater debut in the Fall.
In his book, Son of Hamas, Mosab reveals new 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, his dangerous choices and his belief that the mandate of Jesus to "love your enemies" is the only way to peace in the Middle East.
"Mosab was absolutely wonderful last night. He was interesting and warm and the audience was absolutely riveted-you could hear a pin drop for the entirety of the evening. Please extend our heartfelt thank you to Mosab for his generosity of time and spirit."