JERUSALEM (AP) — The son of a Hamas founder who spied for Israel has returned on a pro-Israel lecture tour.
Mosab Yousef was invited by Arab lawmaker Ayoob Kara. Kara’s spokesman, Mendi Safadi, says Yousef will be in Israel nearly a month lecturing at universities and other places.
Yousef published a shocking autobiography two years ago in which he described his decade of service as a secret Israeli agent. Hamas considers him a traitor, and his father, Sheik Hassan Yousef, who is imprisoned in Israel, has disowned him.
He moved to California in 2007 and converted from Islam to Christianity.
Safadi says this is Yousef’s first trip to Israel since then. Safadi says the trip got off to a rocky start because he arrived without a visa and was detained at the airport.
Haaretz reported that Yousef was held up at passport control for several hours.