Suheib Yousef’s life had a clear path. As the son of Hamas co-founder Sheikh Hassan Yousef, he was raised to hate Israel and actively seek its destruction as a leading member of the Palestinian terror organization.
Today, Yousef receives death threats for abandoning Hamas and exposing its practices. He recently became the second son of Sheikh Yousef to flee the terror group and publicly condemn it as “a racist, terror organization.”
His brother, Mosab Hassan Yousef, also defected from Hamas in the late ’90s and secretly worked with Israel’s security services to expose and prevent several Hamas suicide attacks. He later gave his life to Christ and wrote a 2010 autobiography called “Son of Hamas”.
Suheib Yousef recently flew to Southeast Asia to explain why he turned his back on Hamas and his own father in an interview with Israel’s Channel 12.
Yousef said he was working for Hamas’ “political branch” in Turkey until about a month ago.
Hamas and Iran
“Hamas operates security and military operations on Turkish soil under the cover of civil society,” said Yousef. “They have security centers from which they operate advanced listening equipment, to listen to people and (Palestinian) leaders in Ramallah.”
He also said Hamas listens to the phone conversations of Israelis. Yousef claimed the terrorists gather this information and turn it over to Iran.
“They were working for a foreign agenda. This isn’t for the Palestinian cause. Instead, they sell the information to Iran in return for financial assistance,” he said
Corruption and Negligence
Despite receiving financial assistance, the Palestinian people in Gaza are suffering greatly while Hamas leaders live in luxury, Yousef claimed.
“Hamas leaders [in Turkey] live in fancy hotels and luxury towers, their kids learn at private schools and they are very well paid by Hamas. They get between four and five thousand dollars a month, they have guards, swimming pools, country clubs,” he said.
It was enough to make him hate the organization.
“When I lived in Turkey I was shocked by the behavior of the Hamas members. They ate in the best restaurants, I would see them eating at places where one course cost $200,” he said. “They loved to invite each other out for these meals.”
“They pay $200 for one course for one person and a family in Gaza lives on $100 per month?” he said. “I was raised in Hamas, I worked for Hamas, but when I was exposed to corruption, I left, I cut off ties.”
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