SAN DIEGO — Mosab Hassan Yousef said he will be killed if
he is deported from the United States to the West Bank. The oldest son
of one of Hamas' founders, he was an Israeli spy for a decade, and he
abandoned Islam for Christianity, further marking him a traitor.
is scheduled to plead his case Wednesday to an immigration judge in San
Diego, four months after publishing memoirs that say he was one of the
Shin Bet security agency's best assets and was dubbed The Green Prince, a
reference to his Hamas pedigree and the Islamists' signature green
Yousef's case seems straightforward: Helping Israel find
and kill members of the militant group would make him a marked man back
home. Nearly two dozen members of Congress wrote Homeland Secretary
Janet Napolitano this week that Yousef would be in "grave danger" in the
Middle East. Former CIA Director James Woolsey said his deportation
would discourage other potential spies.
"It is not an exaggeration
to say that such an action would set us back years in the war on
terrorism," Woolsey wrote in a letter released by Yousef's attorney.
"Mosab's deportation would be such an inhumane act it would constitute a
blight on American history."