RAMALLAH, June 26 (JMCC) - Mousab Yusef, the estranged son of Ramallah Hamas
leader Hasan Yusef, is threatened with deportation from the United States, despite having said he worked for years as an informant for Israel
Yusef, who applied for asylum in the United States, is likely to be rejected, reports the Jerusalem Post
, because of statements made in his autobiography which attest to acts being interpreted as being against US law.
The Department of Homeland Security declined to comment on his case due to privacy and pending litigation.
Sources close to the case, however, indicate they have received reports that the department understands the complexities of his case but faces limited options under the law.
That has given some of Yousef’s supporters hope that his June 30 hearing will turn out in his favor.
Ben-Itzhak stressed that he will be doing his best to make sure that happens, telling the audience, “Mosab is not a terrorist!”
“He risked his life every day in order to prevent” violence, he said. “I need to come to the courthouse in San Diego and tell the judge the truth … And the truth is Mosab always prevented killings.”
Hamas has denied Mousab's claims that he helped Israel avert attacks by the Islamist group.