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Son of Hamas

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  5,980 Ratings  ·  823 Reviews
Since he was a small boy, Mosab Hassan Yousef has had an inside view of the deadly terrorist group Hamas. The oldest son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a founding member of Hamas and its most popular leader, young Mosab assisted his father for years in his political activities while being groomed to assume his legacy, politics, status . . . and power. But everything changed when ...more
Hardcover, 265 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by SaltRiver (first published January 1st 2010)
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Petra X
I haven't read much so far, and I am duly and genuinely shocked, just as I am supposed to be, about the terrible things the Israelis did on a daily basis to the occupants of the Gaza strip. I am not terribly impressed with the glossing-over of the 'guaranteed-non-violent, peaceful, moderate' stance of Hamas during this time. When I read, continually and in detail, that the Israelis often shot innocent Palestinians for just being Palestinians but that a Palestinian just went and shot a couple of ...more
Douglas Wilson
Apr 12, 2010 Douglas Wilson rated it really liked it
Here is a book to break your heart. Mosab Yousef is the son of one of the founders of Hamas, and was intimately involved in its operations. He was also doing intelligence work for the Israelis, all while in the process of becoming a Christian. This one really is a page turner. With regard to the Palestinian situation, this book will really give you a different vantage point from which to look at everything. When you are done, you will ache for everybody over there, and be angry with everybody ov ...more
May 26, 2010 David rated it it was ok
I'm skeptical of many of the author's claims and have a strong feeling that he's telling us what he thinks we want to hear in these troubled times. The book is strongly self-serving and I doubt that his alleged conversion to Christianity is valid.

He lied to the Israelis, he lied to his Hamas compatriots, he lied to his family...and I think he lies to his readers.
Jun 08, 2010 Jason rated it really liked it
You don't comprehend the sociopolitical relationship between Israel and Hamas!? Neither do I. Neither do most of us. Neither, still, do people living in Israel and the occupied territories--who have a mortal interest in their own sociopolitics. Neither do people who work for Israeli Defense Forces (military), Mossad (CIA equivalent), or the Shin Bet (FBI equivalent)--who have a security interest in the sociopolitics. Neither do people in Hamas, Hizbollah, Fatah, or the Palestinian Authority--who ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Sep 03, 2011 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it
There is little I could say that would do justice to this book. If there are criticisms that could be made, I won't make them. This is a deeply felt story of a life. So far it's still a somewhat young life and I pray the best for the writer.

Is this book inspiring? In some ways. Is the book frightening? Yes in other ways. Are there lessons to be learned? Undoubtedly. Is there Hope in this story? Yes.

I'm not here to lecture, I'm not here to give a synopsis. I'll avoid that as anything I might say
Nov 07, 2013 امتياز rated it did not like it
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لا اعرف كيف ابدأ حديثي عن هذا الكتاب الصادم.

بدايةُ الحكاية كانت عندما سمعنا في وسائل الأخبار عن هروب ابن القيادي في حركة حماس الشيخ حسن يوسف إلى الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية وارتداده عن الدين الإسلامي وتحوله إلى الديانة المسيحية بالإضافة إلى اعترافه بالتجسس لصالح الكيان الصهيوني لمدة عشر سنوات كاملة!

كان الخبر صادمًا ومؤلمًا ، وكان السؤال الذي يدور في خلد كل فلسطيني كيف حدث ذلك وهو ابن قيادي في حماس ، هل استطاع جهاز الشين بيت ( جهاز الأمن الداخلي الإسرائيلي ) اختراق حركة حماس والوصول إلى بيت أحد ال
Mohammad AbuZer
Jul 15, 2012 Mohammad AbuZer added it
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بدايةً يتحدّث عن أبيه بكلّ احترام، لا يتهمّ أباه بالارهاب أو شيء من هذا القبيل، بل يقول إنّ والده "كان مختلفًا عن باقي الرجال المسلمين" و إنّه لم يرَ منه سوى الجانب الجيّد والطيّب من الاسلام.
عدا ذلك يشنّ هجومًا على مبادئ الاسلام ويعتبره دينًا ارهابيّا وكذلك حركة حماس
لا يكتفي بسرد قصّته لكنّه بحاول أن يظهر بمظهر المحلّل فيأتي بحقائق ما أنزل الله بها من سلطان، يقول مثلًا إنّ حسن البنا أرسل أخاه إلى فلسطين سنة 1935 لانشاء فرع للاخوان المسلمين في الأراضي الفلسطينيّة (!) ويذكر أنّ الاخوان حاولوا س
Michael Gerald
Sep 06, 2013 Michael Gerald rated it it was amazing
One of the most moving events in the New Testament is the story of Saul going on his way to Damascus to persecute the infant Catholic Church there. On the way, he was blinded by a light and confronted with a Voice that inquired: "Saul, why do you persecute Me?"

Saul eventually became St.Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles and one of the greatest saints.

"Son of Hamas" is the fascinating and moving memoir of Mosab Hassan Yousef, a Palestinian who is also a son of one of the founding leaders of Hamas,
Megan Larson
Oct 27, 2012 Megan Larson rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoirs
It's hard to know where to start in reviewing this controversial book about a controversial part of the world and a controversial choice made by its author, but the number of stars should be a hint. I came to this book with little other than a cursory knowledge of the tenets of Islam and the intricate workings of the Middle East conflict, and eager to learn. I was most interested, as a Christian, to read how a son of Hamas came to a place where he was willing to renounce not only terrorism but I ...more
Tempe Lohmeyer
May 29, 2010 Tempe Lohmeyer rated it it was amazing
This is a fascinating book written by the son of one of the founders of the Hamas, a Palestinian terror organization. It chronicles his youth as the son of a devout Muslim iman, to his years in prison, then follows his years as a spy for Israel.

Mosab's autobiography reads like a spy thriller. He was uniquely positioned to see the inner workings of the Palestinian terror organizations plus the inner world of the Israeli FBI. The book is interesting on two fronts: First, it is an inside view on t
Mar 29, 2011 K rated it liked it
Recommended to K by: Chani Garb
What the heck do I do with this book?

Initially Mosab enraged me. The author's perspective as a Palestinian engaging in gratuitous acts of violence toward Israelis as a child and painting the Israelis as the big bad bullies was infuriating, especially in light of the recent murder of a three-month-old Israeli baby by Palestinians, not to mention a bomb just a few blocks away from me targeting innocent civilians at a bus station going about their business.

But then Mosab writes about his offer from
Oct 05, 2010 Lisa rated it liked it
I would never have picked up this book to read on my own. I'm so glad it was a bookclub book. I've always been sort of pro-Israel when hearing about events in the conflict between them and the Palestinians. This is probably due to all the WWII and Holocaust books I've read. Why can't they finally have a country of their own? And what better place than their original spot? Right? Reading this book was such an education. To see things from the point of view of a Palestinian who ended up not hating ...more
Jun 15, 2011 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Son of Hamas is probably the most important book I've read this year. It's an autobiography account Mosab Yousef, eldest son of one of the founders of the terrorist organization Hamas, and an extraordinary insider's view of the infamous organization.

According to Yousef, Hamas didn't begin as a terrorist organization. In fact, his father isn't a terrorist in one sense (Yousef is at pains to paint his father as a man who doesn't engage in or actively encourage acts of terror), but rather a benign
Stephen Phillips
It is important to understand the Arab-Israeli conflict, for it is at the literal and figurative center of religious and political strife today. Son of Hamas gives the reader a ground view of this conflict from 1987 to 2007 through the eyes of its author, Mosab Hassan Yousef. His perspective is a unique one, for not only is Yousef the first born son of one of founders of Hamas, he became an intelligence asset of the Shin Bet - Israel’s internal security service. Balancing these two whether patro ...more
Feb 01, 2012 Lydia rated it really liked it
I have been wanting to read this book for a while now. It was probably a year ago that I heard Yousef speak at a live gathering, and I was intrigued then.

The pace of the narrative, and the matter-of-fact way it is presented, make it easy to forget that this is an autobiography. It's hard for a Westerner like myself to realize things like torture, interrogation, and bullet dodging are actually a reality for some people.

The greatest thing I was able to take away from this book was a deeper under
John Gardner
Jun 19, 2011 John Gardner rated it really liked it
There’s a saying that sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. This book is proof that truth can be more exciting as well.

Mosab Hassan Yousef is the son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, one of the founders of Hamas, an Islamic resistance movement which has been classified as a terrorist organization. His father remains one of the organization’s most prominent members and spokesmen.

This book, written with help from Ron Brackin, is Mosab’s story of growing up in the Gaza Strip, taking part in the Arab re
Dec 15, 2010 Linda rated it it was amazing
Mosab begins his book with a letter to his family, acknowledging the pain, deep wounds, and separation he has caused by his choices. Had he stayed and become a terrorist, he would have gained the status of hero, dedicated to his faith, family and nation. But he does not think he would have been much of a hero, based on the Lord’s commands he now holds dearly. Instead, he is now considered a traitor in their eyes, bringing shame instead of pride. Once a royal prince, he is now a stranger in a for ...more
Mar 24, 2010 Veronica rated it it was amazing
I can't remember running out and getting a book hot off the shelf like I did with this book and it lived up to every penny. First of all if you are any bit interested in the complicated middle east conflict this book will educate you on the war that won't end. This isn't a simple political conflict, this is a vast web of history, faith, family and land. He shares his unique experience, as son of Hamas as he grows in his new found faith and also journeys through the sad reality that Islam will ne ...more
Lydia Presley
Mar 08, 2010 Lydia Presley rated it it was amazing
The title of this book describes exactly what it is. It is a gripping, powerful, terrifying tale of unbelievable choices, political intrigue and betrayal of the most potent sort.

Mosab Hassan Yousef, known as the "Green Prince" to the Shin Bet (an Israeli intelligence service comparable to America's FBI), is the oldest song of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a cofounder and leader of Hamas since 1986. What is Hamas? It is an Islamic resistance movement in the West Bank and Gaza, listed by several organizat
Doa' Mohaisen
Aug 19, 2013 Doa' Mohaisen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
لن أنظر إلى الكتاب كما نظر له البعض بأنه محاولة من محاولات الصهاينة لدفعنا للتشكيك وإثارة الفتن، ومع أنّه يُحتمل ذلك، إلا أن قراءتي للكتاب كانت لسبب آخر.. وللأسف؛ عندما انتهيت من قراءتي للكتاب، نما لديّ اليقينُ بأنّه مجرّد "محاولةٍ" أخرى...
لقد قرأتُ الكتابَ بدافع معرفةِ السبب الذي حدا بالابن البكر لواحدٍ من السبعةِ الذين أسسوا حركة "حماس" إلى أن يتنصّر.. من الصّعبِ أن يمتلك المرء القدرة على الصّبرِ على آراء الآخرينَ ومعتقداتهم فيما يخصّ ديانتهم، فكلٌ يضعُ ديانته فوق كلّ شيء، وينظر إليها على أنّه
Jul 08, 2011 David rated it liked it
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Apparently this book was a best seller and caused all kinds of waves when it was published. I must live under a rock because I never heard of it, though I vaguely remember hearing something about the author possibly being deported (he wasn't). Anyway, I caught it on the Kindle for like one dollar and it looked interesting.

It was interesting. Parts of it were fascinating. When Mosab stuck to telling of his relationship with his father, a major Hamas leader, and of his spiritual journey to Christi
May 12, 2013 Mike rated it it was ok
I wasn't optimistic about reading a true story when the young man says on page 10 that the Arabs lost because they were outgunned and outnumbered in the First Arab-Israeli War in 1948. But on the next page he begins to talk about the psychology of Islamic extremism and redeems his story a bit. The book is an easy read and, if the events related are reasonably accurate, he has an interesting story. He whitewashes much of the Palestinian terror actions and paints Israelis in a bad light in most si ...more
Mar 31, 2015 Dergrossest rated it did not like it
I can’t tell whether this book is the product of an elaborate disinformation campaign or simply the excrement of a feeble mind. Either way, it is total crap.

The purported author is the son of a founding member of Hamas and his muse has connections to the Washington Times – I guess I should have known what I was in store for once I learned that the Moonies were involved. Anyway, his goal to deliberately distort history is demonstrated straight off as the “Time Line” appended to the story contains
David Johnston
Aug 04, 2011 David Johnston rated it it was amazing
It seemed to flow pretty well. It may seem a bit disjointed because it was obvious he wasn't telling the whole story. He left a lot out and changed names and places. If he really was a Shin Bet spy, then much of his story is classified. This may be a spoiler if you have not read it all, but he becomes a Christian, is baptized, resigns from Shin Bet and immigrates to the U.S. The fact that he gets through security so easily and into the U.S. on an almost expired visa is chalked up to divine inter ...more
Apr 12, 2015 cloudyskye rated it it was amazing
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I admit that as an Israel-loving Christian I had some reservations, but they were dispelled. There is so much I learned about "the other side". I knew next to nothing about the lives of Palestinian Arabs, how and by whom they are led, and this book shed quite some light on that. While I don't expect non-Christians to do so, I totally agree with M. H. Y.'s final conclusion.
What I admired most are Mosab's courage to go public like this, the fact that he shows no bitterness towards Israel and his l
Nancy Fisher
Jan 01, 2013 Nancy Fisher rated it it was amazing
An unbelievable true story of the son of a high ranking Hamas leader in the Palestinian Territory. "The Green Prince" as named by the Israeli CIA (shin Bet) tells about his life as a double agent. It is a riveting account of why there may never be peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis as there are fundamental cultural beliefs that must change before peace can be attained. His life and story is testament to this. The book will surprise the reader with a spiritual discovery that helps to ...more
Evelyn Foss
Oct 21, 2014 Evelyn Foss rated it really liked it
I read this book for an ecumenical book club that I belong to. It is quite interesting to discuss. I learned a lot about the difficult histories of Palestine and Israel.

The part I liked best was the fact that Yousef's father was a good man, as were his Israeli contact when the author became a spy, the Christians that mentored Mosab were also good people. So there is good in the best of us no matter what our religion may be.
Eduardo Dayan
Oct 02, 2015 Eduardo Dayan rated it really liked it
Es un testimonio de un conflicto que va más allá de la lucha por territorio y religión, es una lucha de ideologías y creencias, y por mas que capturen a las cabezas del movimiento, no se va a llegar a una paz duradera. Hasta que la humanidad entienda que lo más importante es el respeto a los demás en todo el ámbito de la palabra, será cuando llegue la paz verdadera.
Glenda Reynolds
Jan 29, 2016 Glenda Reynolds rated it it was amazing
I liked Mosab's style of writing. It had a good flow to it. His story helped me understand the plight of the Palestinian people. I also learned that though the world tried to give monetarily to the Palestinians, the funds were in fact used by Arafat's terrorists against the Israelis as told by Mosab. I also appreciated the relationship between Mosab and his father - the leader of Hamas. But true to the beliefs of most Muslims, in the end his father disowned him. That was very surprising after al ...more
Jennifer Nelson
Feb 20, 2012 Jennifer Nelson rated it did not like it
Shelves: the-book-dump
This book didn't pass the "smell test" for me.
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“I asked myself what Palestinians would do if Israel disappeared -- if everything not only went back to the way it was before 1948 but if all the Jewish people abandoned the Holy Land and were scattered again. And for the first time, I knew the answer.

We would still fight. Over nothing. Over a girl without a head scarf. Over who was toughest and most important. Over who would make the rules and who would get the best seat.”
“Palestinians no longer blamed Yasser Arafat or Hamas for their troubles. Now they blamed the Israelis for killing their children. But I still couldn't escape a fundamental question: Why were those children out there in the first place? Where were the parents? Why didn't their mothers and fathers keep them inside? Those children should have been sitting at their desks in school, not running in the streets throwing stones at armed soldiers.” 6 likes
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