Son of Hamas by Mosab Hassan Yousef is the story of a man that ever since he was a small boy, 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… In Son of Hamas, Mosab Yousef–now called “Joseph”–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…”
At some point in Mosab’s life, after being tortured by the Israeli Secret Service Shin Bet, and after seeing the treatment of Hamas members locked in Israeli prisons to other Hamas members, he reached a spiritual revelation about his people, his enemies, his family, and about the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He also joined the Shin Bet as a collaborator in an attempt to free his people.
The book is very descriptive, and reveals a chronicle of events that led to Mosab’s transformation. Events that shaped him as a fundamentalist, a terrorist, a collaborator, and at the end a peace loving person.
The only thing that bothered me in the book was the reference to religion as the solution to most of the problems that both Palestinians and Israelis face. I personally do not believe that religion has the power to solve this conflict, and Mosab’s attempt to portray it as such is, in my eyes, wrong.
Nevertheless, it is a very good book that I highly recommend. You can order it here.