Originally published in Christian News
In a recent interview, the son of Hamas leader Sheikh Hassan Yousef turned professing Christian outlined that the Middle East Muslim terrorist group isn’t out just to destroy Israel, but to build a global Islamic state.
Mosab Hassan Yousef was a guest on CNN last Thursday, and exposed the agenda of Hamas as he was interviewed by Don Lemon about the organization and his experience growing up as the child of a Hamas leader.
“Hamas does not care about the lives of Palestinians, or the lives of Israelis or Americans,” he said. “They don’t care about their own lives. They consider dying for their ideology a way of worship. So, how can you continue in that society?”
“Can you coexist with someone whose mission is your destruction?” Lemon asked Yousef.
“Hamas is not seeking coexistence and compromise,” Yousef replied. “Hamas is seeking conquest and taking over.”
“[The] destruction of the state Israel is not Hamas’ final destination,” he continued. “Hamas’ final destination is building the Islamic khilafah (caliphate), which means an Islamic state under the rubble of every other civilization. These are the ultimate goals of the movement.”
Yousef, the author of Son of Hamas, was then asked to tell about the Hamas that he had come to know growing up, as he had outlined in his book that Hamas targets civilians as a tool of war.
Shedding innocent blood
“In the mosques, Hamas told us that without shedding innocent blood for the sake of the ideology, we won’t be able to build an Islamic state,” he said. “They were preparing us from … as young as five years old.”
“And honestly, it’s impossible almost for anybody to break through and see the truth of the real face of Hamas and be able to leave at some point,” Yousef noted. “As you see in my case, I had to lose everything just to say no to Hamas, and today, when I look at the children of Gaza, I know what they are being fed and I know they have no choice.”
Yousef, who was born in Ramallah—just north of Jerusalem—met a British missionary in 1999, who witnessed to him about Christ. During this time, he was working to provide intelligence to Israel about Hamas activities and was soon disowned by his father. Yousef began to profess faith in Christ and was baptized in Tel Aviv in 2005.
He moved to the United States two years later and sought political asylum, fearing for his life. In the meantime, Yousef penned the book Son of Hamas to detail his personal story and his rejection of Islam. He was granted asylum in 2010 after originally facing deportation over concerns that he had been involved in terrorist activity. But when friend Gonen Ben-Itzhak testified that Yousef worked to thwart terrorist attacks and save lives, the immigration courts allowed him to stay.
Yousef shared his testimony in an online letter addressed to Walid Shoebat.
“I come from a deep Islamic heritage, from a family that practices, teaches, and spreads Islam. I am a Palestinian who spent several years in Israeli jails, who was tortured and beaten almost to death by angry Israeli soldiers. Yet, Christ pursued me until I ‘found Him’ and accepted His challenge to forgive and love my enemies,” he wrote.
But Yousef said that he faced rejection from those who doubted him—including Christians.
“I had no one to share the victories, miracles, and heartbreaks with except my Jesus. Alone with Jesus behind closed doors,” he stated. “[M]y reputation is torn apart everyday by one side that hates me because they think I am a Zionist and the other side that hates me because they think I am a Palestinian extremist. I am neither. I try to love all people without expecting anything from anyone, the way the Lord Jesus Christ loves me.”
“We live in a world that is full of deception, doubt, fear and hopelessness. People have enough bad news. They need hope and love,” Yousef stated. “And our duty to our people in Israel, the Palestinian territories, and the rest of the world is to show them Christ’s love and give them His hope.”
Yousef attends Barabbas Road Church in San Diego, California.
View the CNN interview with Mosab Hassan Yousef: