Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of Hamas leader Sheikh Hassan Yousef, warns that Islam is a threat to civilization.
“We cannot fool ourselves: There is an Islamic problem,” Yousef said at The Jerusalem Post’s annual conference in New York on Sunday, in remarks reported by The Jerusalem Post.
As a youth, Yousef, 38, participated in activities such as rock-throwing attacks on Israelis, and was arrested by Israel a number of times. He grew to abhor the inhumanity of Hamas and Islamic terrorism, and agreed to become a spy for Israel. He helped the Shin Bet thwart terror attacks from 1997 to 2007. In 2005, he converted to Christianity. He fled to the U.S. in 2007, and was granted political asylum. He wrote his autobiography in 2010.
At the conference Sunday, Yousef related how he was brought up to believe that Jews were the enemy of society. And he recalled witnessing a Palestinian mother send her five children on suicide attacks, and blessing each one. He said the mother did this to gain respect in society.
Yousef pointed to a number of terrorist groups, including Hamas, Hizbullah, Boko Haram and Islamic State, “all killing in the name of Al-lah.” Other religions do not act in such ways, said Yousef: “There is an Islamic problem and humanity needs to stand against this danger.”
Yousef decried the political correctness often prevalent when referring to Islam. “The truth is that we are afraid and we are trying not to provoke them more; we are trying not to create a religious war. But there has been a religious war whether you like it or not.”
“When the president of the free world stands and says, ‘Islam is a religion of peace,’ he creates the climate … to create more terrorism,” said Yousef, who urged the world to unify against it just as it did against Nazism.
“The Jewish nation is dear to me,” said Yousef, “and when I see nations fighting against the Jewish people, it hurts me.”