Hamas leader's son hires bodyguards after Israel spying claims

Hamas leader's son hires bodyguards after Israel spying claims

The son of a Hamas founder in the West Bank has hired his own bodyguards, after he published a book in which he confessed that he had been an agent for Israel's Shin Bet intelligence agency, an Israeli newspaper reported Friday.

The Shin Bet is Israel's internal security organization, and amongst other duties operates in the occupied Palestinian territories to foil attacks by militants, DPA reported.

Mosab Hassan Yousef, the 32-year-old son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a senior member of the Palestinian radical Islamist movement, published his book "Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices," in the US early this week.

In it, he describes how he was recruited by the Shin Bet and provided tips that his handler said helped prevent dozens of suicide bombings and attacks on senior Israeli officials, and led to the arrests of dozens of Palestinian militants.

His codename was "the Green Prince."

Yousef's story was published in the Israeli Haaretz daily last week, prior to publication of his book.

"This past week has been very difficult for me," Haaretz quoted him Friday as saying in a telephone conversation with the Israeli daily from New York.

"Unfortunately, my father, the sheikh [Hassan Yousef], was forced to say that he is renouncing me as his son," he said.

He said he moves from place to place with armed bodyguards, but declined to give further details about his security arrangements.

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