Aw: Hamas leader disowns son who spied for Israel

In the letter, he said his family announced its “complete renunciation” of Mosab Yousef. The father said he was sorry to take such a step but said he had no choice after his son “disbelieved in God…and collaborated with our enemies,” he said.
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The elder Yousef, who helped found the militant Islamic group two decades ago, was humiliated last year when his eldest son announced he had converted to Christianity. Then the son told an Israeli newspaper last week that he had helped Israeli intelligence foil militant attacks and hunt down Hamas leaders — including his father…

Palestinians, much like Arab communities across the region, are typically deeply private and try to conceal damaging family fissures. Only in very rare cases do families publicly renounce their children — usually when a son or daughter has done something in public that the family considers deeply humiliating.

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