As a Christian, there's nothing I like better than to see the most hardened individuals recognize their need for a Savior. When they meet Jesus, it tends to be a transforming experience, turning them into totally changed individuals.
The son of Hamas founder, Mosab Hassan Yousef, fits into this miracle-changing category.
Read from the Wall Street Journal:
'They Need to Be Liberated From Their God' The 'Son of Hamas' author on his conversion to Christianity, spying for Israel, and shaming his family.
By MATTHEW KAMINSKI
"'I absolutely know that in anybody's eyes I was a traitor,' says Mosab Hassan Yousef. 'To my family, to my nation, to my God. I crossed all the red lines in my society. I didn't leave one that I didn't cross.'
Now 32, Mosab is the son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a founder and leader of the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. Throughout the last decade, from the second Intifada to the current stalemate, he worked alongside his father in the West Bank. During that time the younger Mr. Yousef also secretly embraced Christianity. And as he reveals in his book 'Son of Hamas,' out this week, he became one of the top spies for Israel's internal security arm, the Shin Bet.
The news of this double conversion has sent ripples through the Middle East. One of Mr. Yousef's handlers at the Shin Bet confirmed his account to the Israeli daily Haaretz. Hamas—already reeling from the assassination of a senior military chief in Dubai in January—calls his claims Zionist propaganda. From the Israeli prison he has occupied since 2005, Sheikh Yousef on Monday issued a statement that he and his family 'have completely disowned the man who was our oldest son and who is called Mosab.'
For the past two years, Mosab Yousef has lived near San Diego, where he's kept a low profile out of concern for his security. The U.S. is currently weighing his application for political asylum, and until his confession to espionage and the publicity blitz that accompanied it this week, only knew him as the son of a terrorist who sometimes attends evangelical churches in California. The book is intended to launch a new life in America.
Mr. Yousef, whose large, engaging eyes sit prominently on an oval face, says he was confused for many years himself, and realizes many people will be as well. His family has been shamed and old friends refuse to believe him. The book, a Le Carréesque thriller wrapped in a spiritual coming-of-age story, is an attempt to answer what he says 'is impossible to imagine'—'how I ended up working for my enemies who hurt me, who hurt my dad, who hurt my people.'
'There is a logical explanation,' he continues in fairly fluent English. 'Simply my enemies of yesterday became my friends. And the friends of yesterday became really my enemies.'"
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