Christian son of Hamas founder 'spied for Israel for years'

The son of one of the founders of Hamas spied from inside the movement for Israel's Shin Bet internal intelligence agency, a report said.

Christian son of Hamas founder 'spied for Israel for years'

The son of one of the founders of Hamas spied from inside the movement for Israel's Shin Bet internal intelligence agency, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported in its Wednesday edition.

Mosab Hassan Yousef is the son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a Hamas founder and one of its leaders in the West Bank. His father is currently in an Israeli prison for a six-year sentence.

If true, the revelation would deal another setback to Hamas, which is reeling from the assassination of a top commander in Dubai last month.

According to extracts of an article to be published on Friday, during the second intifada, spying of Yousef led to the arrests of a number of high-ranking Palestinian figures.

These included Ibrahim Hamid, a Hamas military commander in the West Bank, Marwan Barghouti, a senior Fatah leader considered the architect of the 2000 intifada, or uprising and Abdullah Barghouti. The two Barghutis are not closely related.

Yousef was known by his Shin Bet handlers as "The Green Prince".

The article came from extracts of a book, "Son of Hamas", co-written by Yousef, who converted to Christianity 10 years ago and now lives in California.


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