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Ex-Hamas turned Israeli Informant to Testify before Congress

by Susan Freudenheim

February 25, 2011 | 10:40 am

Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of one of the founders of Hamas who became an informant for the Israeli government, will testify on Monday, Feb. 28, before Congress, according to the Web site emetonline.com. Yousef grew up in the West Bank, but when he became disenchanted with the violent philosophy of Hamas, he began to work instead for the Israeli government. The Jewish Journal first caught up with Yousef last June he was in the U.S. but risking being deported because his situation wasn’t yet clear to Homeland Security.

We also spoke to former Shin Bet operative Gonen Ben-Yitzhak, who broke protocol of anonymity to testify on Yousef’s behalf to save him from being sent away from the U.S.

Now Yousef, the author of “Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices” (Salt River, 2010), is being brought to Washington by Emet, the Endowment for Middle East Truth to talk about ties between Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

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