[News] Israeli Spy on Hamas Granted Asylum in the U.S.

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Israeli Spy on Hamas Granted Asylum in the U.S.

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Mos'ab, the son of senior Hamas political leader, Hasan Yousef, was 
granted asylum by a U.S. Immigration Judge while the U.S. Department 
of Homeland Security dropped its objections against allowing him to 
remain in the country.

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The judge ruled Wednesday after Mos'ab passes some routine background 
security checks he will be granted the asylum.

Mos'ab, 32, spied on Hamas for nearly 10 years and his imprisoned 
father, Sheikh Hasan Yousef, had officially disowned him. Hasan 
Yousef is serving a six-year term in Israeli prisons.

The Wednesday hearing only lasted for 15 minutes and the spy was 
granted asylum.

In February of 2009, the United States denied Mos'ab's request to 
receive asylum in the country and the department of homeland security 
said that he "was involved in terrorism and is considered a threat to 
the United States".

But this stance changed without any official statement and Mos'ab is 
now allowed to remain in the United States.

He lives in San Diego and said that he hopes that one day he will 
become a U.S. citizen and aspires to achieve his masters degree in 
history and philosophy.

His lawyer said that Mos'ab "fought terrorism for 10 years", 
referring to the years he spied on Hamas for Israel, and added that 
his client "deserves to live in a safe place, away from threats and violence".

Yousef told the court that should he be sent back to the West Bank he 
would be killed by his family and by the Hamas movement for spying 
for Israel's intelligence agency, Shin Bet.

Yousef had argued that he would be killed if he was deported because 
he spied on the militant group for Israel's Shin Bet security's 
intelligence agency and abandoned Islam.

The spy claims that he "was a terrorist" working for Hamas, and even 
working for the late President, Yasser Arafat, of the rival Fateh movement.

It is worth mentioning that several members of U.S.. Congress and the 
former CIA director, James, Woolsey supported Mos'ab in his effort to 
gain asylum in the United States.

Israeli Ynet reported that several members of the Knesset Foreign 
Affairs and Defense Committee wrote letters to Mos'ab to "thank him" 
and to "recognize his work for the Shin Bet".




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