Mossab Hassan Yousef.
The son of one of the founders of the terrorist group Hamas, who broke from Hamas, helped the Israelis, and converted to Christianity, said the major radical Islamic groups are "killing by the name of Allah," and that when President Barack Obama claims "Islam is a religion of peace," he sets the "perfect climate to create more terrorism."
"When the president of the free world stands and says that Islam is a religion of peace, he creates the climate, he provides the climate, the perfect climate to create more terrorism," said Mosab Hassan Yousef at The Jerusalem Post's Annual Conference in New York City on May 22. "I wish I could be more gentle to present this issue. But I've seen death and I came from hell and it's very dark."
"What is the alternative for Israel and for democracy or for the American Constitution?" said Yousef. "It's the darkness of the sixth century. This is what's the alternative."
Yousef's father is Sheikh Hasan Yousef, a founding member of Hamas and one of its most popular leaders. Mosab, his oldest son, worked with his father for many years in Hamas, participating in terrorism against Israel. Mosab, 38, was first arrested by the Israelis when he was 10 and many times thereafter. He was imprisoned by the Israeli Security Agency Shin Bet in 1996.
Around that time, Mosab broke with Hamas and started to work undercover for Shin Bet. He helped prevent many suicide bombings and assassination attempts against Israelis. Mosab eventually converted to Christianity and was secretly baptized in Tel Aviv in 2005, according to his book Son of Hamas. A documentary film about Mosab entitled The Green Prince won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.
Talking further about his life story at The Jersualem Post Annual Conference, Mosab Hassan Yousef said, "In the Muslim society I witnessed a woman who sent five of her children to die in suicide bombing attacks. One after another, she would put the explosive belt on them and bless them and say, 'Go kill the Jews,' to gain respect in her society. This is hypocrisy."
"My father disowned me because he's a hypocrite," said Yousef. "On a personal level, he's a loving father. But when he puts on the Hamas mask, that he cannot exist without, he's a monster, he's something else. And this is the problem with that society conditioning, that if you take individuals on the side, they're just human beings like us. Any of us could have been brought in that environment. We'd be conditioned in the same way. The human condition does not differentiate between an Arab or a Jewish person."
"But the collective mind of the society is representing something," he said. "It's representing an ideology, a culture, a state of consciousness that calibrates in darkness, that calibrates in the seventh and sixth centuries."
Members of the Sunni-Islamic
terrorist group Hamas. (AP)
"There is an Islamic problem," said Yousef. "Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic jihad, ISIS, Boko Haram, all of them are killing by the name of Allah. They're not killing by the name of Jesus, they're not killing by the name of Jehovah, they're not killing by the name of Mahavira or the Buddha or Lao Tsu. They are killing by the name of Allah."
"There is an Islamic problem and I think humanity needs to stand against this danger because this danger is not only against the state of Israel, this danger is against the evolvement of mankind," said Yousef.
"But to tell them no, Islam is a religion of peace, we just create the perfect climate for terrorists to keep on growing," he said. "I say otherwise: our problem is not with the individual, our problem is with this belief system. That humanity and the free world need to unify as eventually, even though it was too late, the world unified against Nazism."
"When the president of the free world stands and says that Islam is a religion of peace, he creates the climate," said Yousef. "He provides the climate, the perfect climate to create more terrorism."
"I hope that my message does not come across, I don't want to create more chaos," said Yousef. "But there is no other way, you know? I wish I could be more gentle to present this issue. But I've seen death and I came from hell and it's very dark."
"What is the alternative for Israel and for democracy or for the American Constitution?" he said. "It's the darkness of the sixth century. This is what's the alternative."