Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices [NOOK Book]

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Son of Hamas is now available in softcover with an all-new chapter about events since the book’s release such as the revelation of Mosab’s Israeli intelligence handler’s true identity, and Homeland Security’s effort to deport the author.
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 ...
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Overview

Son of Hamas is now available in softcover with an all-new chapter about events since the book’s release such as the revelation of Mosab’s Israeli intelligence handler’s true identity, and Homeland Security’s effort to deport the author.
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 Mosab turned away from terror and violence, and embraced instead the teachings of another famous Middle East leader. In Son of Hamas, Mosab reveals new information about the world’s most dangerous terrorist organization and unveils the truth about his own role, his agonizing separation from family and homeland, the dangerous decision to make his newfound faith public, and his belief that the Christian mandate to “love your enemies” is the only way to peace in the Middle East.
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Editorial Reviews

Matthew Kaminski
“. . . a Le Carréesque thriller wrapped in a spiritual coming-of-age story . . .”
International Fellowship of Christians and Jews
“ . . . offers a view of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict few others could provide.”
Claudia Rosett
“reads with the page-turning ease of a great thriller.”
David Grant
“Explosive . . . a story that feels like a long-lost Abrahamic fable that has morphed into contemporary history.”
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“ . . . more incendiary than any roadside IED” GQ
Sean Hannity
“Fascinating book. I couldn’t put it down.”
GQ
“ . . . more incendiary than any roadside IED”
Hamas terrorist leader Osama Hamdan
“The Israelis issued this book as a kind of propaganda.”
GQ
“ . . . more incendiary than any roadside IED”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781414364018
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/24/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 12,410
  • File size: 793 KB

Table of Contents

Map of Israel and the Occupied Territories ix

A Word from the Author xi

Preface xiii

Chapter 1 Captured 1

Chapter 2 The Ladder of Faith 5

Chapter 3 Muslim Brotherhood 13

Chapter 4 Throwing Stones 21

Chapter 5 Survival 31

Chapter 6 A Hero's Return 39

Chapter 7 Radical 45

Chapter 8 Fanning the Flames 49

Chapter 9 Guns 61

Chapter 10 The Slaughterhouse 67

Chapter 11 The Offer 77

Chapter 12 Number 823 87

Chapter 13 Trust No One 95

Chapter 14 Riot 105

Chapter 15 Damascus Road 113

Chapter 16 Second Intifada 125

Chapter 17 Undercover 135

Chapter 18 Most Wanted 147

Chapter 19 Shoes 155

Chapter 20 Torn 165

Chapter 21 The Game 173

Chapter 22 Defensive Shield 185

Chapter 23 Supernatural Protection 193

Chapter 24 Protective Custody 201

Chapter 25 Saleh 211

Chapter 26 A Vision for Hamas 223

Chapter 27 Good-Bye 233

Epilogue 243

Postscript 247

The Players 253

Glossary 257

Time Line 261

Endnotes 263

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

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    Scary insight

    First, the author sets the stage, explaining the relationships between the various Palestinan forces behind the conflict between Israel and Palestine, dating back to Ishmael being cast away by his father Abraham. His conversion to Christianity forms the basis for his ultimate solution for this historical conflict. As an agent for Israeli intelligence striving to diminish the terrorist activities and resulting military reprisals by Israel he walked the line between being killed by either side. Thought provoking for us all.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2012

    Recommend it.

    Very interesting and honest perspective from the side of a son raised in devout Muslim family and how his belief changes as he sees what his Father becomes and how the leaders of the different Palestinian factions change what the true meaning of Islam is. I hope he stays safe as this was a very brave attempt to tell the world what is really going on.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2012

    Son of Hamas is one of the more relevant and engaging books I ha

    Son of Hamas is one of the more relevant and engaging books I have read. All 251 pages are bursting with dramatic insights into the political tensions of the Middle East, without a doubt one of the current world’s most war-torn regions

    At its most basic, Son of Hamas is the tale of Mosab Yousef, who (as the title implies) was born to one of the seven founders of Hamas, the internationally notorious Islamic terrorist organization. The horrors he experienced as a teen pushed him away from Islam and into the arms of Israel’s intelligence agency, where for many years he supplied sensitive information on Hamas’ actions and intentions to his people’s mortal enemies. Mosab’s journey leads him deep into the mechanisms of Islam, Judaism and Christianity, and how at their heart all three are more similar than anyone would like to admit.

    This religious theme permeates the entire book. As Mosab learns more about the people he was taught as a child to hate more than anything else, he frequently seeks understanding on why the Jewish and Islamic cultures cannot coexist. Using a mind un-blinded by senseless hate, he comes to realize the two cultures have very similar goals in mind. Throughout the book, this fact continues to manifest itself in multiple situations.

    Another common message of Mosab’s is the pursuit of truth. It was the clash of words and actions that initially drove him away from Hamas, and the openness of the Israelis caused him to question everything he thought to be true about the world. No longer would Mosab accept things at face value. He had to soak it in, chew on it, and think hard before choosing to believe something in a Middle Eastern world tangled in lies, propaganda and deception.

    This book was excellently written. Engaging, not too wordy, it efficiently portrays Mosab’s tale. Much of the book is filled with action and suspense, and when Mosab occasionally descends into philosophical and theological tangents, the message is anything but dry; in fact, it makes you think long and hard about what your impressions of the Middle East. In my honest opinion, there was nothing to not like about this story. I give it a well-earned five stars.

    This story will make you question your preconceived notions of Muslims, Jews, and religious conflict, and see the Middle East in a completely different light. I heartily recommend it.

    For those that have already read Son of Hamas, Tea with Hezbollah (Ted Dekker) is just as thought-provoking a novel about tolerance and crossing the religious border. I suggest you check into that as well.
    -GH

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2011

    Son of Hamas

    This is an amazing read. Couldn't put it down. Mosab has a wonderful testimony of bravery and sacrifice. He is an amazing individual. His commitment to Christianity and to Christ is inspiring.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2011

    Horribley done

    Nothing this man says is credible how does the reader know that this actually happened. I feel that he is simply searching for sympathy from his readers.

    1 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2011

    Courage at its best!

    Amazing details of a young man who beat the odds at understanding his enemy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2011

    an amazing book

    A very intense book that captures your attention and pulls at your emotions. Each chapter reveals the amazing courage and transformation of the brave young writer. It's a book filled with raw courage, truth, and heartache. It's an amazing read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2011

    Incredible!

    Incredible read! Would recommend it to anyone. It was truly astonishing to read from an insiders point of view, as opposed to watching various forms of media/news in which you really can never tell what is fact or fiction. Mosab is incredibly brave for bringing his story forward and I can only hope that his tales and words will inspire the world to look deeper into the real conflicts of the world, and to move towards peace.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2010

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    Gripping Story

    "Son of Hamas" by Mosab Hasson Yousef is a gripping autobiography of a man who is caught between his own morality and what is expected of him by his community. Mosab is the son of a Hamas leader who is caught and jailed by the Shin Bet (Israel's internal security services). After gaining his trust, the shin bet asks Mosab to work for them, as a double agent, which he did superbly.

    Toward the end of the Century, Mosab encountered a British pilgrim who invited him to a class about Christianity. Always curious and obviously and intelligent fellow, Mosab went and was slowly indoctrinated into the teachings of Jesus. In the following months, along with his intelligence work, he slowly abandoned the religion he inherited towards the one he found.

    Mosab worked for Israel for a decade, from 1997 to 2007, in deep cover and gaining the trust of Hamas leadership mainly due to the position of his father as well as help from the shin bet. During those years Mosab helped capture numerous terrorists, stop suicide bombers, prevent assassinations, was an endless fountain of valuable intelligence information and last but certainly not least, kept his father out of jail. Many of the lives he helped save are Israelis but countless more are Palestinians.

    There are several fascinating aspects in this book. Mosab describes the inner workings, or rather the lack-of, of the Hamas. As the son of one of the founders, Mosab was up to his neck in Middle East politics and intrigue which gave him a unique position and fresh views which most people outside the Middle East, or even outside his standing, did not get to hear. Through his eyes it is understandable how the cycle of violence could get so much out of control and how people, who would never hurt a fly, suddenly become blood thirsty.

    There are no good guys and bad guys in this book. Granted, Mosab portrays the Israelis as the "less bad" guys but neither side is flexible enough for a Middle East solution to actually work. The cycle of violence, an eye-for-an-eye-for-an-eye. will continue infinitely because there is an ideological difference between the sides, and a war of ideas cannot be won with tanks or suicide bombs. Mosab found that the Israelis have a healthier respect for life than he thought which is understandable since he has been on the receiving end of Israel's wrath since birth - however Israel is still willing to torture and kill to further their agenda.

    With all the religious overtones of the book, I never felt preached to, or that Mosab was trying to push Christianity down my throat. Quite the opposite, he clearly states that religions is not the problem, nor is it the solution. Mosab realizes that the Palestinians are oppressed by their own people as much as they are by Israel and that both sides are manipulated by power hungry mongrels who would let people suffer endlessly just so they could enrich themselves.

    This is a gripping story, well told and expertly written. The unique perspective this book provides is interesting and enlightening. It seemed that Mosab was writing the book for himself and for his father, and less for the reader - which I found to be very personal and a great way to tell the story. This book, even though short, is well worth reading.

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    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2014

    Amazingly Brave

    One of the most helpful books I've read in a long time. So many answers to so many questions. Existential and otherwise. Well written and a fascinating read on a part of history that has been rife with misinformation and shrouded in mystery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2014

    Amazing Read

    Great inspirational story of the journey of a young man growing up in Palestine. Portays well the prejudice on all side in Israel.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

    Son of Hamas

    Excellent read reveals the inside story of the organization and the conversion of a muslim to Christianity. Enlightening.

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  • Posted March 6, 2011

    an inside view of hamas

    The author brings us inside hamas to reveal the truth -- it is an organization driven be illogical unattainable goals and its leadership is driven by greed, corruption and power. Its actions are given legitimacy by a cruel and hateful god that demands the destruction of all that is not islam. The great tragedy is that the people suffer from decisions of their leaders who are more interested in maintaining power and wealth than finding peace and prosperity for their people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2011

    best book i've read in a long time

    Son of Hamas was written by Mosab Hassan Yousef, the oldest son of one of the founders of the Hamas Terror Organization. The author shares his story as an eye-witness to the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and his voyage out of the terrorism and torment of his environment. Yousef was groomed to follow in his father's footsteps in the Muslim faith and in the Hamas group. Instead - he rejected the teachings of hate and violence in his family and community. He also, eventually, came in contact with the teachings of Christ. Once he learned about "loving your enemies and doing good to those who hate you" he fully embraced it.

    I really can't describe this book well enough to do it justice. It is so very well written and the quality of subject matter is really interesting. It reads like an espionage thriller in many ways - but it's all true. I didn't want it to end. It isn't an anti-Muslim or anti-Israel or anti-Palestinian rant. It isn't loaded with stereotypes or any hateful intolerance for the beliefs of others. It is just a really good book that easily explains much of the original reasons for such unrest in Israel and it outlines some of the reasons that there is still no peace there. The author also shares his struggles with the faith of his fathers and his conversion to Christianity. I am giving it five stars and I recommend it to any adult looking for a good book.

    Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishing Company. I am not required to submit a positive review for any book.

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  • Posted December 15, 2010

    Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices!

    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 foreign country, fighting loneliness and darkness. But saving even one innocent human life brings him hope.

    Son of Hamas is a compelling, first-person account of young Mosab's touching, difficult life as he watched his father being imprisoned over and over while he was still a young child, and his subsequent responsibility as the eldest son to care for the family. He always held a deep love and respect for his father's ideology at the 'bottom rung of the ladder.'

    Mosab describes what life is like in what is considered Israeli-occupied territories-the horrors of terrorist activities, suicide bombings, imprisonment, etc., with very real and very raw emotions. He divulges his own behind-the-scenes involvement with Hamas, starting out innocently by throwing rocks. His vivid descriptions about dealings with top Middle Eastern leaders give the reader the impression of being there with him, yet sitting safely at home. He goes on to elaborates about the difficult choices he had to make as a young teen and young man, and how it changed his life, family, history, and nation-heart-wrenching decisions.

    Mosab exposes information known only by a few individuals, but he does it for the greater good of all nations involved. That takes courage, but he did it because he believed in Jesus' teaching of "loving your enemies."

    As a wife/mother, I can hardly imagine the turmoil of not only watching my husband sent to prison, but to watch my son endure the fear of and engagement in terrorist activities, all the while keeping things secret.

    In his postscript, he admonishes Christians to love people unconditionally in order to represent Jesus to the world. A deep longing for this freedom is at the heart of his story.

    I believe this is a book that should be read by our top government officials (our President on down) to help them understand the Middle Eastern mindset, as well as assist in working through the terrorism issues throughout this section of the world and worldwide.

    I greatly appreciated his glossary and time line at the end of his book. To learn more information, news and updates from Mosab Hassan Yousef, please visit here.

    This book was provided by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted December 2, 2010

    really good

    very good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2010

    A must-read book

    I was interested in learning about the son of a terrorist who turned to Christ. What I also got was a brief history that related the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis in a way that no news story or interview could describe. I was terrified and inspired by Yousef's courage and struggle. Most of all, I was left encouraged and strengthened in my own walk with Christ.

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  • Posted August 28, 2010

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    Unusual autobiography and unique insight on Middle East, in one book.

    This book is unusual for several reasons. First, the life story of the author ( a member of high-ranking Hamas family who has turned against it) by itself is obviously both informative and thought provoking. Second, you probably won't find anything else written by someone who actually is or was in Hamas, except some blurbs of basic propaganda here and there. Third, the author in his writing seems to have neither unconditional hate nor unconditional loyalty to either side in Arab-Israeli conflict - unique position for an insider. The book is well written and easy to read; some previous knowledge of region and history is helpful but not required to understand it. Perhaps not the statements in the book are the whole truth and nothing but the truth, but lots sounds reliable and consistant. It'll be useful to all readers regardless of the side in the conflict they support (if any) . The weekness of the book ( in my opinion) is inherent to all autobiographies: authors tendency, conscious or subconscious, to try to make himself, his family and fraction look better and more important. I divide books in categories of "Buy and Keep" (BK), "Read a Library Copy " (RLC), and "Once-I-Put-it-Down-I-Couldn't-Pick-it-Up (OIPD-ICPU). I gave this one the BK rating.

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  • Posted June 14, 2010

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    Best New Book

    Son of Hamas is easily one of the best books I have read recently. I recommend this book to...everyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2010

    Take the time to read this

    Knowing little about the basis for the conflict in the Middle East, this book gave me a good understanding of the causes and the emotions involved in the conflict. I think that the author does a good job of not making either side out to be the good guy or bad guy. We all have things we feel passionate about. This book does a good job of showing that passion and how the passion can cloud a person's judgment. This author tells about how he was acquainted with people on both sides of the issue and how that personal relationship changed his perspective on the issues. I am a firm believer that once you get to know someone personally, it gives you a better understanding of who he/she is and what he/she believes. I think that is a valuable lesson from this book. Whatever preconceived notions I may have about a certain group of people are often changed when getting to know someone in that group personally. Whether it be race, religion, ethnic background, education, etc. seeing someone as a human being first changes the way you look at him/her. I think this author does well to describe his Christian believes as someone who does not judge from the outside. If more people were like this author, I believe the world would be a better place.

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