June 21st, 2010
03:40 PM ET

'Son of Hamas' faces deportation

Mosab Hassan Yousef turned his back on his family, his fellow Palestinians and his religion when he allegedly became a spy for Israel.

Yousef is the son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, one of the most prominent Hamas figures in the West Bank.  Now, the younger Yousef reportedly faces deportation to the Palestinian territory – something that his supporters say could result in his assassination.

Yousef converted from Islam to Christianity before coming to the United States in 2007, where he applied for political asylum.  He was denied that request last year.  Yousef recently published his autobiography, "Son of Hamas," in which he says he was an Israeli spy for a decade.

His claims have been refuted by Hamas, the Palestinian while other analysts say he may be exaggerating.

Watch CNN's interview with Mosab Hassan Yousef

Recently, the U.S.-based Institute on Religion & Democracy expressed its concern over reports that Yousef could be sent back to the West Bank.  His initial deportation hearing is on June 30, according to the IRD.

The director of IRD's Religious Liberty Program, Faith J.H. McDonnell, said Yousef is a key ally and "a great source of help in understanding what we face in radical Islam."

“The Department of Homeland Security is intent upon deporting as a ‘terrorist’ the man who protected and saved many lives, including those of Americans working for USAID," McDonnell said.

“We are concerned because of the irrationality of the Department of Homeland Security, as well as the danger to Yousef’s life, if he is deported. This threat of deportation says how little the United States government understands radical Islam and the global jihad to impose Islam around the world, to which Yousef testifies."

McDonnell urged Christian groups to contact the Department of Homeland Security's senior attorney in San Diego, California - where his case is being handled - to try to stop the deportation proceedings.

- CNN.com Senior Producer

Filed under: Christianity • Islam • Israel

soundoff (110 Responses)
  1. Matt

    Nobody can be this incompetent. Yousef infiltrated one of the most brutal terrorist organizations on Earth, at great personal risk. The information he conveyed led to the capture of some very high-value targets. And we want to deport him? Is the DHS completely insane?

    June 29, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
  2. theoneummah@yahoo.com

    WoW after all he did lol.. turning his back on his people his family and most his religion.. after all he did lol they throw him away now that they are done with him...

    which is exactly 100% what they did to the native americans.. the ones that actually helped against their own people just like this man.. and what did they do to show there respect.. they toss them back like nothing even happend..

    June 28, 2010 at 1:42 pm |
  3. Michael

    Being of both Jewish and Palestinian blood the conflict between Israel and Palestinians really hurt me. I cannot take sides. All I am hoping is that God will bring peace to the region sometime in my lifetime.

    June 27, 2010 at 8:28 pm |
  4. Forbidden Truth

    General Eisenhower standing in a concentration camp in Germany
    rounded up every troop member, every reporter, every camera man, and even had the local towns
    people taken in by troops to see the horror.

    He said that somewhere down the line somebody is going to say this did not happen
    He was right.
    The sad part is we had all those eye witnesses
    all those pictures, and videos, and they are available and EASY to find.
    Those that choose not to believe will just call them hoaxes.
    You cant argue with twisted minds.

    June 26, 2010 at 2:30 pm |
  5. Forbidden Truth

    Jesus Christ was in fact Julio Cesar
    Son of Cleopatra & Julius Ceasar
    He didnt die for anybodys sins
    After Ceasar was killed and he fled Egypt
    he returned with a new name to reclaim his throne.

    History has been manipulated by the Church in Rome
    after all, they dont want to lose that cash cow.

    June 26, 2010 at 2:24 pm |
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