The Green Prince

Posted on October 25, 2014


The Green Prince – A documentary that is, surprisingly, kind of fascinating. Mosab Hassan Yousef, author of “Son of Hamas” plays himself as does his handler, Gonen Ben Yitzhak, and father Sheikh Hassan Yousef. Mosab is a Palestinian who took care of his family while his father (Sheikh Yousef, one of the founders of Hamas) was in prison, thanks to the Israelis. When, at the age of 17, Mosab is imprisoned, a handler (Gonen) for Shin Bet, Israel’s intel, recruits him to the other side.

The story is told, mostly in a matter-of-fact way, by both Mosab and Gonen. Yet it is intense and real.
Over the years, as they use each other and are used, they begin to trust one another and realize they share many of the same values and goals. It’s interesting that shame plays such a large part in the Islamic culture, whether it be shame for betraying one’s country or shame for being raped as a young boy.