A second son of a Hamas co-founder has fled the Palestinian extremist movement, denouncing the group as a “corrupt” and “racist terrorist organisation” and “working for a foreign agenda”.
Suheib Youssef, the 38-year-old son of Hassan Youssef, left his post in Turkey recently and has taken refuge in an unnamed South-East Asian country. Sheikh Youssef is a Hamas leader in the West Bank, who Israeli authorities have previously jailed multiple times. Another of his sons, Mosab, became known as “the Green Prince” after he secretly worked for both Israeli intelligence and his father for a decade, before seeking asylum in the United States.
In an interview with Israel’s Channel 12, Suheib drew a line between him and his brother: “Unlike my brother, I never worked for Israel,” he said, stressing that he never “betrayed” Hamas.
He said his reason for speaking out was disenfranchisement with his father’s group. Hamas “were working for a foreign agenda,” he said. “This isn’t for the Palestinian cause. Instead, they sell the information to Iran in return for financial assistance.”
He charged that Hamas was not working in the interests of the Palestinian people.
“They were working for a foreign agenda. This isn’t for the Palestinian cause. Instead, they sell the information to Iran in return for financial assistance,” he said, noting that the money came through Turkish banks.
“Hamas operates security and military operations on Turkish soil under the cover of civil society,” said Yousef. “They have security centers from which they operate advanced listening equipment, to listen to people and (Palestinian) leaders in Ramallah.”
“They have advanced equipment and computer programs to do it,” he said. When asked if the group also listened to Israeli phone conversations, he said yes, but did not want to give further details. Yousef said it also targeted other Arab countries.
Suheib said it was corruption among Hamas members in Turkey that compelled him to speak publicly.
In Turkey, “Hamas leaders live in fancy hotels and luxury towers, their kids learn at private schools and they are very well paid by Hamas,” he said. “They get between $4,000 [Dh14,700] and $5,000 a month, they have guards, swimming pools, country clubs … They ate in the best restaurants, I would see them eating at places where one course costs $200.”
Unemployment in Gaza, meanwhile, is more than fifty per cent.
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