Son of Hamas Founder: 'They Consider Dying for Their Ideology a Way of Worship'

Barbara Boland
By Barbara Boland | July 28, 2014 | 10:54 AM EDT

Mosab Hassan Yousef, a Christian convert whose father was a founding member of Hamas, told CNN last week that for leaders in Gaza, "dying ... is a way of worship."

"Hamas does not care about the lives of Palestinians, or the lives of Israelis, or Americans; they don't care about their own lives," Yousef said. "They consider dying for their ideology a way of worship."

"Can you coexist with someone whose mission is your destruction?" the CNN host asked.

"Hamas is not seeking coexistence and compromise; Hamas is seeking conquest," Yousef said.

"The destruction of the state of Israel is not Hamas' final destination. Hamas' final destination is building an Islamic caliphate - an Islamic state on the rubble of every other civilization."

Yousef said that Hamas targets civilians "as a tool of war" and that they were prepared for this from the age of 5 years old.

"It's impossible almost for anyone to break through and see the real face of Hamas, and to leave," said Yousef. "As you see in my case, I had to lose everything just to say 'no' to Hamas."

"And today when I look at the children of Gaza, and I know what they are facing, I know that they have no choice," Yousef added grimly.

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