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Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror,…
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Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political… (2010 original; edició 2010)

de Mosab Hassan Yousef (Autor), Ron Brackin (Autor)

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The oldest son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a founding member of Hamas and its most popular leader, 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.… (més)
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Títol:Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Unthinkable Choices
Autors:Mosab Hassan Yousef (Autor)
Altres autors:Ron Brackin (Autor)
Informació:Tyndale Momentum (2011), Edition: Enlarged, 288 pages
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Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices de Mosab Hassan Yousef (2010)

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    In the Land of Invisible Women de Qanta Ahmed (krazy4katz)
    krazy4katz: A view of Islam from a woman who grew up in a Muslim family in the West. She describes her difficult experiences as a woman in Saudi Arabia. Unlike Yousef, she does not find hate and violence in the Koran. Instead she finds love and tolerance, which she hopes will influence policy in the more restrictive Islamic countries.… (més)
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    Infidel de Ayaan Hirsi Ali (krazy4katz)
    krazy4katz: This book has a similar view of Islam as Son of Hamas, so it does not balance, but is also a very intense perspective of life in a culture that does not permit diverse thought.
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This is the third of the four books I borrowed from the library and it is one that I haven't heard of before. This surprised me because I often read military memoirs of various types. I have read quite a few books about the IDF, Mossad and Shin Bet but none about Hamas so I was looking forward to this a lot.

The book starts with a quick account of Yousef's early life and it becomes obvious very quickly how much he admires his father. There isn't a huge amount of depth in this part of the book but this is a good thing in my opinion. I often feel like that some books use early life accounts to pad out the pages when in reality all I want to read about is the good stuff.

The next major incident that involves Yousef is his arrest by the IDF. At this point he talks about his anger towards Israel but somehow it just doesn't sound convincing. I am sure that he was very angry at the time but he doesn't manage to put this into words.

Everything that follows and his involvement with Shin Bet is fascinating and its a minor miracle that they managed to hide his activities so well. After a while he probably had more access to Hamas information than anyone else and yet was also the most useful information course for Israel. This part of the book was the best part in my opinion and I would happily have read a book with only this info in it.

The main reason that I have given this book 3 stars is the preachy nature of his conversion from Islam to Christianity. He dismisses pretty much everything that he previously believed and then really labours the point that Christianity is the only religion which is right. This really started to annoy me after a while. I find religion a really interesting subject and they all tend to have good and bad points. This is an opinion that Yousef does not seem to share sadly.

Another aspect which I didn't like is that he is very quick to condemn everything that Hamas was involved in whilst never questioning the validity of Israeli actions. Terrorism and death is horrible but he condemns deaths caused by Hamas whilst not applying the same standards to Israeli action which ended with the deaths of innocent people. ( )
  Brian. | Jun 20, 2021 |
The writing is only average and obviously it is somewhat slanted but it is definitely worth reading. ( )
  Ranbato | Dec 17, 2020 |
Autobiography of the son of Hamas leader who became a spy for Israel.

VERY INTERESTING ( )
  evatkaplan | Apr 30, 2020 |
This is a true story of a Palestinian boy whose father was one of the founders of Hamas. As a young man, he becomes disillusioned by the violence he sees Hamas perpetrating on other Palestinians. He also is introduced to Christianity and Jesus's message of Love Thy Neighbour resonates strongly with him. The book tells of the author's time as a spy for the Israeli government. It is a gripping, fascinating story. As the focus is the harm Hamas did in the West Bank, it doesn't provide a picture of the actions Israel has taken, and continues to take, in the region, such as restrictions of movement, large-scale Jewish settlements beyond the 1967 state borders, etc. None of which detracts from Hamas's actions, and the right of Israel to defend itself is necessary for its survival. I just would have appreciated a bit more context to the story. ( )
  LynnB | Nov 30, 2018 |
A few inaccuracies — the most glaring one being that Israel did not outnumber & outgun Arabs during its Independence war, but outsmarted everyone else –, but a remarkable story, just barely believable due to being practically miraculous. ( )
  leandrod | Oct 4, 2017 |
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To my beloved father and my wounded family
To the victims of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict
To every human life my Lord has saved


To my family, I am very proud of you; only my God can understand what you have been through. I realize that what I have done has caused another deep wound that might not heal in this life and that you may have to live with its shame forever.

I could have been a hero and made my people proud of me. I knew what kind of hero they were looking for: a fighter who dedicated his life and family to the cause of a nation. Even if I was killed, they would have told my story for generations to come and been proud of me forever, but in reality, I would not have been much of a hero.

Instead, I became a traitor in the eyes of my people. Although I once brought pride to you, I now bring you only shame. Although I was once the royal prince, I am now a stranger in a foreign country fighting against the enemy of loneliness and darkness.

I know you see me as a traitor; please understand it was not you I chose to betray, but your understanding of what it means to be a hero. When Middle Eastern nations--Jews and Arabs alike--start to understand some of what I understand, only then will there be peace. And if my Lord was rejected for saving the world from the punishment of hell, I don't mind being a reject!

I don't know what the future holds, but I do know that I am not afraid. And now I want to give you something that has helped me to survive so far: all the guilt and shame I have carried for all these years is a small price to pay if it saves even one innocent human life.

How many people appreciate what I have done? Not so many. But that's okay. I believed in what I did and I still believe, which is my only fuel for this long journey. Every drop of innocent blood that has been saved gives me hope to carry on to the last day.

I paid, you paid, and yet the bills of war and peace continue to come. God be with us all and give us what we need to carry this heavy weight.

With love,

Your son
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The oldest son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a founding member of Hamas and its most popular leader, 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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