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Shei ~ Ha ~san Yousef ~ as re1eased _ from pr1son m November 2004 1n the days that fo11owed, hundreds of peo 1e flo,:ked to his office to ask for he1p w1th vanous matters. 1n their eyes the sheikh was the 1eader of Hamas in the West Bank ~ owever, according to Mosab Yousef hi . athe ~ ha ~ no money and no access td th ~ . org ~ IZat10n's financial assets H ' c1us~ on: The fact that the organ ~ a~ ~ontmued .to operate even after most of ~ s re.cogmzed 1eaders had been killed or ImPdr1son.ed, me.ant that there was a secret leath ershlp Wh1Chwas m di rect contact . ' H' : d wit haes'msei1 fi ~ res in Damas.cus ~tior A 1.arywmg . few months earlier Loai had ~s ~ d Yousef to. visit an l ~ternet cafe . ln ~ma11ah, to fmd out who in the cafe ~ as m e-mai1 correspondence with the amas 1eadership in Damascus. There were about 20 peop1e in the cafe when he got there. He 100ked for a bearded man but everyone was c1ean-shaven . ' in ~ few weeks 1ater, Yousef put a house d ama11ah up for sale. Someone ca11ed an came over to 100k at the r and Yousef identified him as o~ eo~;~~ 20 peop ~ from the cafe. The man intro e duced ~ se1f as Aziz Kayed and said he :~~. the dirallectorof a center for Is1amic 1es c ed Al-Buraq . ~ fter Sheikh Yousefwas re1eased from pr1son,Mo.sabaccompaniedhim toNab1us to meet w1th senior Hamas figures 0 ~f t.hem remarked that the sheikh shou~~ m contact with "Aziz Kayed from the -Buraq Center." Mosab asked the Shin Bet to check Kayed's background 1t ~ur: ~ d out that during his student day ~ he a: th een.a ke נactivist in the Hamas cel1 l'1j un ~ ~rs1ty, but had ceased a11po v 1 c a ~tlvlty a decade ear1ier, was now con ductmg a normal 1ife and h d goneabr d . h' a even y; oa W1t out mterference. Mosab h ~~~ reca ~ ed a few other young men he o~ ~ the past from Hamas who as ~ e ~ ltes m the book, "have advanced un1versl ~y d ~grees and were at one time very actlve m Hamas. But for whatever r e ason, they simp1y dropped out of sight 1 yearsago ." O A check revealed that a11of them had
remained in touch with one another and worked at Al-Buraq. The Shin Bet began to monitor the men's activity - with dramatic results: "We leamed that these deadlY 30-somethings had gained total control of the money and were running the entire Hamas movement in the West Bank," Yousef writes. One day, they followed one of them, Nahdi Mahadi, from his apartment in north Ramallah- to a garage in the commercial zone. "Suddenly we saw him pul1 up at the garage door, enter, and close the door behind him. We watched the place for two weeks unti1 one day thegarage door opened from the inside and before us stood 1brahim Hamed. The Shin Bet waited unti1 he went back in and then surrounded the bui1ding." Hamed did not try to resist. At the soldiers' orders, he came out naked and was arrested. "The exposure and arrest of Hamed and of the Hamas secret leadership was the most important mission 1 carried out in all my years of work with the Shin Bet," Yousef says. "Hamed was responsible for the death of 80 1sraelis. That was also my last mission in the Shin Bet." 1n September 2005, the Shin Bet informed Yousef that following the escalation in Gaza, it had been decided to arrest his father again. Having no other choice 1 and rea1izing that this was the only way , he could save him, Yousef agreed to his arrest. As mentioned, Sheikh Hassan Yousef, who is undoubtedly one of the most moderate figures in Hamas, is still inprison.
about his location, he was arrested. He spent afewyears in prisonand maybe will hate me now but he is now free, lives with his family ~d is the mayor of EI-Bireh. 1 am not exaggerating or showing off," he says in the phone call from Califomia. "1 supplied priceless information. No one but me was capable of obtaining it." . Aren't you afraid now after exposlng all this? "1 will not lie by saying 1am not afraid. But 1 am motivated by the fact that 1 saved hundreds of people - 1sraelis, Palestinians Americans. That gives me the strength to go on. 1 am not a Zionist and 1 did not work for the Zionists. 1 am not pro-lsraeli or pro-Palestinian. 1 worked for my God, who is the father of all human beings wherever they are. 1 do not want to go back to that work. 1 chose to leave because after 10 years of fighting terr~rism, 1 understood that it is not the problem. Of course, it is important to fight terrorism, but if 1 think about the long term, the only way is not to .dobatt~e against suicide bombers but agamst thel1" motivation: namely, their God. "Many people think the terrorists' motivation is the Israeli occupation, the corruption, but all that is just the backdrop. 1t is not the root of the problem. The occupation is ~e the rain that falls on the soi1 in which the seed has been planted, but it is not the seed itself. The root of the 1sraeli-Palestinian conflict does not lie in security or politics: lt is a war between two gods, two religions. Between the God ofthe Torah and the God ofthe Koran. The Koran teaches that this is Waqf land - a sacred endowment which must not be given up. The Torah taught the Jews that this is their land and must not be given up. "1t follows that there will be no peace in the Middle East. 1srael's problem is not with Hamas or with any other organization, no!;"with the interpretation Hamas reads into the Koran. lt is with the god of the Koran. After all, even a moderate Muslim who reads the Koran must read that the Jews are the sons of apes and that the infidels must be killed. The
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"1 was not surprised when 1 heard he liad converted to Christianity," Captain Loai says. "But 1 was surprised to read in your article [in 2008] that he is abroad. Personally,1 am happy for him. We had a very strong personal relationship." Another of Yousef's handlers also recalls having many intimate talks with the Green Prince about matters of reli[!ion.
1t is c1ear.that the religion Mosab adopte~ ~ome f1ve yea~s a/?o constitutes a signif1cant e1eme~t m his worIdview today. 1n a. conv~rsat10n with him, and while readmg. h1S book, one sometimes gets the feelmg t~at he is engaged in a fierce c~sade agamst Is1am, the religion into which he was bom and raised "1 te11you again, 1 did eve~g out of a s~nse ,?f mission, in order to save human 11ves, Mosab Yousef says. "Take, for example, J amal Tawee1, a senior figure in Hamas. 1f 1 had not worked for the Shin Bet, Tawee1 would now be dead. He was due to be assassinated, but because 1 was the one who provided the information
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