This was a shocking, eye opener for me to read. This is a book which gives a different insight into the Israeli Palestinian conflict currently going on in the Middle East. I doubt most people know who Mosab Hassan Yousef is, but for anyone who wants to learn more about the current Middle Eastern conflict through a more credible witness, this is a must read! Son of Hamas is not a just a fancy name for a book, Mr. Yousef is actually the son of one of Hamas’ founders. When reading this, he gave me a feel of what it is like to live in the Palestinian side and erased the false notion that this current situation is a simple black and white issue: both sides have some innocence and blame.
He begins by talking about his childhood, his friends, his family, the pain and suffering, his former Muslim faith, the treatment of Palestinians, the treatment of Jews, the culture, the attitude and feelings of many Palestinians, the importance of Islam for many Palestinians, etc. He later talks about the former Ottoman Empire, Yasser Arafat and other Palestinian figures/organizations, the early foundation of the terrorist organization Hamas, what turned Mr. Yousef away from killing Jews himself, prison life, his defection into Shin Bet as the Green Prince, Middle Eastern Politics, his conversion to Christianity, etc. Though this book will not talk about everything one could learn about Israel and Palestinians, it is certainly a very detailed wake up call for those who think the Israeli Palestinian Conflict is easily resolvable as both politics and religion are heavy factors for all that has happened. I highly recommend this autobiography!
Book Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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