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March 4th, 2010
09:41 PM ET
Christiane - all ears for the feedback.
Christiane – all ears for the feedback.

Religion continued to play the main role in the discussions Amanpour viewers shared regarding the interview with Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of a founder of Hamas who claimed he became a spy for Israel's domestic security service. Raw emotions were exchanged among viewers that clearly favored one side or the other. Furthermore, although peace was mentioned a few times as the desired outcome, pride for the religion these viewers practiced came first according to their commentary.

What are your thoughts? Please share your thoughts with us! In addition, if you missed the show go to http://www.amanpour.com for more information.

Below, you will see some opinions from viewers like yourself. We would love to hear what you think.

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Ehud Barack will not (cannot) say anything about the assassination, but you can bet this story is unfolding exactly as the Israelis planned and wanted.
After all, they sent an entire platoon to Dubai–27 people–to take out one guy. And supposedly left fingerprints in the hotel room? Come on. These guys were pros. The only reason there were fingerprints is because they wanted to leave them.
They were not only eliminating an arms supplier to terrorists, they were sending a message to their enemies: "We can, and will, send an entire platoon anywhere in the world to strike you down. You're not safe anywhere on the planet."
S. Eagan
Norwalk, CT

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Comments about interview with the “Son of Hamas”

Shahzad Ahmed – Awesome TEAM and need i say spot-on questions but not many questions were answered 2 my liking........but then these r the political people what else can one expect......WELL-DONE Amanpour.

Mohammed Bahari – I think it will be hard for anyone to sit with someone you accuse of stealing your land, displacing your people for generations, and for those who still live under occupation they are put in the biggest open jail in history!

Azita Kiai – How does Hamas expect to make peace when their guy refuses to appear in the same program with an Israeli citizen?? Hamdan showed once again the stupidity that the world has to put up with!!! How could anyone trust guys like that??

Rita Ighodalo – What do u expect? After d death of their military wing commander by mossad? Hamas pride has been wounded!

Okereke Daniel – Still only speculations bout mossad's involvement in the assassination, no concrete evidence links mossad yet. Hamas?? Extremists who would go to any length to score a point, walking away one of them.

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  1. Gwendolyn Bowman

    I´m proud of Mosab for standing up for what he believes when all the odds are against him. We need more young men like him nowadays. Most young people lazily go with the crowd and haven´t even got the ability nor desire to use the brain God gave them to think logically nor spiritually anymore. Perhaps God has raised this young man up as a prophet for this generation to give them a chance to hear and choose the truth for themselves rather than having it imposed on them. There´s a verse in the Bible that says: ¨If God be for us, who can be against us!¨
    I am praying that God will send his angels literally to protect Mosab during this trying time of his life.

    March 5, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Reply
  2. Exzie Calubayan

    Although the problem between Israel and Palestine may seem to be for eternity, it's good to know that peace has been mentioned and would hopefully be the end result of everything that's been happening right, though we don't really know when. With a problem that's rooted on religious grounds, different perspectives will likely be presented and isn't easy to resolve. Well, it's good to know that even though this could be the case in the home countries of Israel and Palestine, there are positive things happening like the "Seeds of Peace" group mentioned in the Postscript. What just interests me most is how Israel has come to penetrate the Palestinian society across time. This program special was really awesome!

    March 5, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Reply
  3. Frederika Westerman

    I have been deeply impressed by the interview with Yousef, the son of a Hamas leader. His thoughts and attitude to life highlight an essential problem with the interpretation of both the Christian and Moslem religion. In both religions many people still worship a God outside themselves, to which they feel they owe obedience and loving devotion. . What the prophets in both religions have been really saying to us, is, that that loving devotion and respect should be given to our fellowmen instead. That is the job given to us on this earth!

    March 5, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Reply
  4. simon David

    " The inspiration behind the Books are at war and the field of battle is the human mind.As humans let all of us stop violence and bloodshed-UN is relevant.
    As a young lady submitt to the best of men wanting her hand in marriage,so we should act now before its too late "- Huo
    Amanpour , welldone
    Jesus is the answer we all need-individual,family,community,nations,and human race.
    Thank God "son of Hamas " has found him

    March 5, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Reply
  5. mohamed

    as a muslim i was really offended by this interview and i think that " son of hamas "wasn't a muslim ever

    March 5, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Reply
  6. eunice pwajok

    wow i admire d courage of yousef n i pray God to bless n protect him Christine more grease to your elbows u are a woman of substance. God in his time will bring peace to Isreal n palestine .

    March 6, 2010 at 10:47 am | Reply
  7. Miranda Conyers

    As a Christian Palestinian I am not at all surprised at the reactions to Mossaab's conversion. Muslims have no tolerance whatsoever to other religions. However, I was disappointed to hear Professor Gerges, who is supposed to be a Middle East expert, repeat what he claimed to be said by some Palestinians he had talked to, by calling Mossaab a wacko. It sounded it as if he believed it, which if it tells me anything, it says that Mr. Gerges has no clue how much Muslims hate Christians, leave alone people who convert to Christianity.

    As for me, I am happy for Mossaab for finding the path to peace, and for becoming a follower of the Prince of Peace. I pray that the Lord protect him to spread the word and hopefully change hateful hearts.

    March 6, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Reply
  8. bibi

    I agree mohamed.

    March 6, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Reply
  9. Hamza

    As a muslim I myself dont believe that Mossab guy. Seeing his own people dying every day by the Israelis.. and then working for them.. Thats just not right... I think there is something big behind this.. and I dont believe Ms.Amanpour. Ive caught her saying propaganda lots of time on CNN International.

    My tip would be if you really want to make a difference then start with your self and dont take sides...

    Quote: "son of hamas wasn't a muslim ever". I agree with mohammed with his statement.

    March 6, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  10. Chris Brodber

    Mosab represents a truth that I believe must be realized, that peace for the Middle East can only come about through the Christian faith. Only within that faith is there absolute forgiveness and love of each other commanded... Even to the death and total personal sacrifice of the faithful. I don't think that Islam allows this imperative for Middle East unity. I don't think that Judaism does either. I believe Mosab gives both sides a glimpse of the only way forward... Yet it is obvious that they will never be able to come to terms with this.

    March 6, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Reply
  11. Ameer Raschid

    The 2ns program promising a closer or in depth look at the claims made in the first was a dud as the Isralei journalist had nothing ot offer and the Hamas spokesman was in the "admit nothing-deny everything" mode. Only Prof Gergis gave some insight and avoided getting involve in details especiaal when asked by Amanpoour about the reigious motivation.
    He should not be given a platform for his born again attacks on not only Islam but on the deity or the "God of the Muslims" as responsible for terrorism and only his God of love can bring peace.
    There should be an opportunity for reply by a scholar like Tariq Ramadhan as Amanpour did not want to get into a discussion of religion. To republish cartoons insulting to Muslims is not as bad as rebroadcasting his blasphemous remarks over and over again.
    It amounts to "Christian" propaganda.

    March 6, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Reply
  12. JohnC

    Since Christiane is so anti-US why doesn't she go somewhere else where she can get a world-wide voice to everyone who doesn't like the US, or Americans, for some reason?

    Oh yea! No place else in the world will give her that access will they?!

    March 7, 2010 at 1:44 am | Reply
  13. Wolf Duvernoy,M.D.

    Christiane, I have followed you during your career since your reporting on the Bosnian war. I want to congratulate you on "Screams Bloody Murder" it brought back to memory all the things that have happened.
    including the ineptitude of our government to act. Keep up your excellent work and your attitude – you should have a voice with our leaders.
    Bonne chance.
    WOLF DUVERNOY

    March 7, 2010 at 4:58 am | Reply
  14. Hadagam

    I want you Amanpour to reflect on your role of spreading hatred among people. Do you think you will impress the 1.5 billion Muslims in the world by allowing God to be insulted on your program? But when has the media played a role of reconcilaition? The media has always divided people and according to one media specialist "showed the worst inside people". As to those who believe everything they watch on TV, I would like you to think and reflect on the role of the media in programming you.

    March 7, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Reply
  15. M. Muthuswamy

    "Recently, much progress has been achieved by applying statistical analysis to the Islamic doctrines themselves in order to understand why pious Muslims are waging jihad on unbelievers. Specifically, we now understand that about sixty-one percent of the contents of the Koran are found to speak ill of unbelievers or call for their violent conquest; at best only 2.6 percent of the verses of the Koran are noted to show goodwill toward humanity. Get this: about seventy five percent of Muhammad’s biography (Sira) consists of jihad waged on unbelievers.

    While there might be some subjectivity to the above analysis, the overwhelming thrust of the inferences should be noted. Moreover, this overall thrust exposes the sheer absurdity of excusing the Koran-inspired terror on the so-called “selective interpretation” of the Muslim holy book or its “verses being taken out of context.”

    March 7, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Reply
  16. Lori

    C. Amanpour you are AWESOME. I have admired you for a long time. I wish I could talk with Mosab too. I think he has figured out peace and love are one and the same. Killing in the name of God is wrong,,killing is wrong. MAYBE he can change the world I pray to Jesus Christ my Lord.

    March 7, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Reply
  17. melody

    This interview was the most interesting I have seen, I believe there was a lot of truth in what "son of hamas" has said, Religion is a very touchy subject as we all know, but I think he has brought up truths about Muslim religion we have not understood.

    March 7, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Reply
  18. z

    Mosab, like Jesus' disciples in his time, is aptly living the Gospel as Christ suggested it should be lived when, at that time, he told his disciples: "In the world you shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world."

    Muslims do not believe that Christ' sacrifice conquered, for all time, sin and death. They feel that their sins can only be balanced by the good deeds which must outwiegh their bad ones. This is something that Christ said was impossible to do without God, according to the old law – but, with his sacrifice, was entirely possible.

    Propitiation of sins through Christ and the conquering of sin and death, by Christ, is exactly what is being contested here.

    Thank God for Mosab and his witness and the clarification to follow as, I am sure, will shortly ensue.

    March 7, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Reply
  19. Lindsay Gray

    It's wonderful to hear a former Muslim criticize the basic ethic of Islam - especially to hear such opinion on a major broadcaster like CNN. Many people, like myself, have long held the opinion (anathema in most of the Western media, and rarely given any air time) that Islam is a dreadful religion; that it is not simply the "culture" of some Muslims that leads to false interpretations of Islam.
    Certainly, it is understandable that Western commentators, journalists, philosophers even, are timid about harshly criticizing the very foundation of a religion that has hundreds of millions of adherents. But the truth be told, even if the heavens should fall !
    We in the West need to debate this without fear. I think there is massive evidence to demonstrate that the Christian ethos and its teachings (the roots of Western civilization) are morally and socially superior to the root teachings of Islam.

    March 7, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Reply
  20. Lilian Ramos

    While I commend you conducting this interview, it seemed that you set out to discredit Jousef"s story by the not so objective analysis of Mr. Gerges.

    March 7, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Reply
  21. Beefbone

    Beside me being a particularly skeptical person, the fact that Yousef is promoting his book would tend to my skepticism.

    That having been said, I haven't been able to detect any holes in his story. Where he states the difference between his newly acquired God and the God of his people, it seems more that he's referring to the differences in the relative cultural views of the same God.

    It's a fascinating view...

    March 7, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Reply
  22. Dina

    Someday I hope people will wake up and see that religion is the problem here; its the elephant in the room that people are trying to ignore. Any attrocity commited by either side can be religiously justified by interprtating their reigious works in a certain way. And since reason and rational thinking have no place in religious interpretations (as such an exercise would invalidate the religions themselves), each interpretation, no matter how brutal, is on equal footing with the other interpretations. What is needed for peace is a push for a secular society free of religious dogma, as such dogma is a major force of devisiveness in pluralistic societies. Do I think this will happen in that area; not a chance. Irrational thought (religion) is way to entrenched in the area and the conflict ill continue until one side has destroyed the other.

    March 7, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Reply
  23. Maya

    My only comment is about his mentioning the god of Islam, my view as an atheist is that the god of muslims is the same god of christians and jews, this young man is confused from the beginning

    March 7, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Reply
  24. Ben Kalka

    Mosab took a step which took more conviction and bravery than most people understand; the actions he took has to be viewed in terms of the Islamic belief and code of action: That rejecting Islam is punishable by death (as well as many other actions that are punishable by death, that are not in a civilized society).

    Good luck Mosab.....

    March 7, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Reply
  25. Jacques Poitras, Québec-city,Canada

    Mosab Hassan Yousef is a newly converted christian because Jesus is the true, the way and life. Did you know that Jesus is God because He is the only one whose comming was prophecised thousands years ahead of time. All the miracles Jesus dit prove without any doubt that He was God! Read John 3-16 (God so loved the world that He gave His only begoten Son in order that whoever beleive in Him(Jesus) shall not perish but have eternal life). Jesus did not come to change the world but individual, personal life!

    March 7, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Reply
  26. John

    He seemed to cut Christiane off when she started her question to ask how he felt that he had not only turned on his family but...Mosab quickly cut her off and pointed out he did not turn his back on anyone. Whoops, he put her in her place.

    It seemed the whole interview was a critique of his credibility. The best approach for attacking an opinion is to attack credibility and that was well orchestrated here. Understandable when one considers where the interviewers position is on issues involving the Middle East or Islam.

    I hope this book makes more then just her squirm.

    March 7, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Reply
  27. elliot in UK

    TO: Mohammed Bahari – I think it will be hard for anyone to sit with someone you accuse of stealing your land, displacing your people for generations, and for those who still live under occupation they are put in the biggest open jail in history!

    Youre damned right. Jordan occupied/stole the West Bank/dispaced the people/refused rights of worship to Jewish holy sites for decades-never a peep from the Palestinians. Before that The British-again NADA. This is just antisemitism in another guise.Many Moslems hate Jews and Christians. FACT! They just dont say it too loud..just in case. FOR NOW!

    We are all 'infidels' to them. They want the Umma/ Caliphate returned so that we are all under their control FACT!

    God help Christians/ Hindus if they ever get the upper hand because, as they say:" first they came for the Jews..."

    March 7, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Reply
  28. Bayo Olumoko

    I DO HAVE A GREAT DOUBT IN THAT SUBMISSION MADE BY THIS YOUNG CHAP MOSAB IN HIS BOOK. I WILL SUGGEST A FORENSIC REVIEW OF THIS BOOK TO ASCERTAIN THE HONEST OPINION OR OTHERWISE OF THIS YOUNG MAN'S CLAIM OF INGENUITY. I SO SUBMIT.

    March 7, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Reply
  29. ameka

    As a christian Iam very proud of him to turn his life around. I pray that people should learn the truth about life, weather christian,muslim or Jew we are from one father Abraham, and the almighty God our creator. I will like to buy his book.

    March 7, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Reply
  30. amani

    Mossab is a true Christian, we have known his story of conversion for years among many who were compltley changed as only God can. The Koran is full of orders to kill, hate and maim, nothing is a lie, God bless you Mossab, may he open the eyes of all Muslim to the reality of the lie called Islam.

    March 7, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Reply
  31. Melanie Henderson

    This interview and the 3 people analyzing the interview afterward is another example of why Christiane Amanpour is perhaps the best on television at what she does - very well done.

    Mosab Hassan Yousef, in my opinion, is not going to be summed up by a few minutes on TV but what we saw is compelling for many reasons. He is a product of decades of oppression, of seeing the brutal extremism from Isrealis and from Palestinian Hamas, and has tried to find his way in all this. On some level, I could understand everything in his journey, EXCEPT his characterization of the God of Islam. That was tormented, wrong and tragic. What I do agree with is that this is about an ideology. It is not written in the Torah, the Christian New Testament, or in the Koran. It is a fundamentalist INTERPRETATION of each of these ideologies that perpetuates this.

    And what was quite compelling was the Middle East expert saying something about Yousef being an example of how Palestinian society has been fractured by the years of occupation. That's what sticks with me about the Yousef interview - this soul's pain of having to live in an unbearable situation and to make sense of the continuing insanity of the Isreali/Palestinian conflict. I believe he was honestly trying to find his way, to understand the problem and find a solution but he lost his way, blaming it on God rather than extremists and fundamentalists using God for their own purposes.

    March 7, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Reply
  32. J

    There is a lot of people that want to state their opinion but are simply scared... This guy went beyond fear... He deserves to be congratulated.

    March 7, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  33. Ayman

    It is so shameful that Mr. Fawzy Guirguis who i am familiar with his kind of gutless Christian so called intelectuals will be the first to step forward and attack this courageous saved soul.
    Can someone tell me what will triger some one like Mr.Mosab to risk his life to make the courageous statements he made.
    We all recal the age when we all did bite our toungues before we say how we feel about the message in the book of Islam.
    The memory of Salman Rushdy with just very vague hints against Islanm.
    Please do not use Mr. Fawzy again as he is too politicaly correct which is not a vertue in my book.
    I paray for more salvaged souls from our Muslim brothers that will see the light like Mosab did...

    March 7, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Reply
  34. Gerald McCleery

    In a world that seems awash with theatrical journalism, your piece on Mosab Hassan Yousef was probing, intelligent, sensitive and enlightening. Whatever dispute there may be about some of the specifics and contextual interpretations of his story, I found your conversation with him and with the panel to be heartening on many levels. I applaud and thank you for work such as this that sheds light on the individual and societal complexities of the middle east.

    March 7, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Reply
  35. Terri Walsh

    What an extraordinary young man! God has touched his heart and turned him around. He is a witness for our Lord and is not afraid. God said through His son, Jesus, "Love the Lord, your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and, Love your neighbor as yourself" Luke 10:27. Jesus coined this as The Greatest Commandment. That is what Mosab Hassan Yousef is demonstrating. Keep going, Mosab! We are praying for you, your principles and your walk!

    March 7, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Reply
  36. alida Wasmuth

    great interview, bought the book and look forward to reading,

    I think Mosab has more knowledge then the panel you had on right
    after.. very good to hear this young mans journey...wish him all the best..

    March 7, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Reply
  37. Donna Gorden

    Yousef represents neither the Israeli nor the Palestinian cause, but he has been transformed from an angry, hate-filled youth to a man at peace with God and others. His is not merely a sentimental, "politically correct" and self-righteousness proclamation of love, but a genuine heart change. He has found the secret of peace and wishes to share it with the world. Unfortunately, many will not listen or understand the truth of his words, and seek what he has experienced – the transforming power of the living God. It takes humility and a desire for truth more than anything, which motivates a diligent search,which will always be rewarded. He understands the power of the lies that keep people from crying out for truth, as he did.

    March 7, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Reply
  38. Harold Weisbecker

    The interview was excellent and very informative. The addition of the post interview analysis was extremely helpful. My current focus is identifying journalistic laziness. This interview was not , I repeat, was not a lazy journalistic endeavor. Thank you.

    March 7, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Reply
  39. Rick DeAngelis

    Well said Frederika Westerman and thank you Christiane once again for trying to bring so many diverse people to the table to help the world understand one another in your tireless effort to bring peace to our world. I was raised a Catholic, was converted to evangelical Christianity at the age of 19, and then studied under some of the most respected bibilical scholars within mainstream Christianity. I ultimately realized that my zeal only alienated me from those outside of my exclusive and relatively rigid ideology which eventually led me to a more "universalist" world view. I am sure that there are many Christians that will say that "I was never really a Christian" just as Mohamed said that Mosab Yousef "was never a Muslim". It's all really simple; If human beings don't somehow learn to respect all people's right to life and learn to co-exist regardless of their experience or ideologies, the relatively few intolerant extremists will continue to enrage other extremist and there will indead be a war without end . Although I would fear for both of their lives, I think that Mosab Yousef "Son of Hamas" and Omar bin Ladin (See Book "Growing Up BinLadin") ought to get together and collaborate so as to bring their much needed unique perspectives to a grand multicultural tour in their efforts toward world peace.

    March 7, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Reply
  40. Janet Shoaf

    It is very encouraging to hear Mosab stand up for his beliefs. I believe he is sincere. He is a very courageous young man.

    March 7, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Reply
  41. Nancy Houtz

    I share Gwendolyn Bowman's thoughts, but will add a few more of my own.
    Your questioning of Mosab was pretty tough and his answers at times seemed confusing; however, if you view them from the perspective of one who is simply trying to follow God's will to do good - under enormous consequences to him personally, they make sense. He has nothing to prove. He is simply doing his best to be real and share the truth as he understands it. In our often phony world of political expediency this can be disarming! Thank you for your in depth reporting.

    March 7, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Reply
  42. mark

    the only way terrorist can be defeated to aware/educate the people who are hijacked/brain washed by the terrorists. there should be institues with enough educational knowledge inside & outside the usa to educate the people about terrorism before terrorists educate people to kill us. mark

    March 7, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Reply
  43. Linda Hutcherson

    I celebrate this young man's heroic transformation. I believe he is credible. He would have to be totally insane or telling the truth, considering what he is putting on the line by coming forward publicly.

    May G-d continue to keep him safe and bless him.

    March 7, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Reply
  44. Donna Friedman

    Raised in Judaism, we were taught "there's good and bad in all" we were never taught to hate. We were taught kindness and respect for all men and all creation. The son of Hamas on today said Christianity taught him to "love his neighbor" Bravo. This is the heart of true religion. It is all we can do w/ Gods help. The Islamic and Jewish children who went to camp together are learning to respect one another. I know that truly knowing the heart of God via the Messiah will convert the soul to truly love. It is all we have, it is the best of what there is, and we all need to do this.

    March 7, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Reply
  45. Shakeel Padikkal

    Yousef told in his interview that the real problem is with the "God in the Quran" but without referring to any verse of the Quran.
    When the people for whom he is spying says that palastine is a promiss land by God to Jews based on the verse in Genesis 17:18
    One has to put it to test based on the verse in Deuteronomy 18:21-22
    "...When a Prophet speaketh in the name of the lord, if the thing follow not,nor come to pass that is the Lord had not spoken but the prophet had spoken it presumptuously"
    Those who is trying to steel plalestine has fooled you.

    March 7, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Reply
  46. Kat

    I pray for this guy's safety. There will be many fatwas on his head for daring to speak the truth. Muslims DO use the Koran to justify their barbaric acts–beheading, suicide bombers, cutting off limbs, stoning, jihad terrorism, etc.
    People like Christiane try to whitewash islam as a loving religion–which this guy admits it isn't.
    I'm also pleased that American convert to islam has been captured. Maybe he can share a cell with his buddy from Fort Hood before they both get the death penalty.

    March 7, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Reply
  47. Priscilla Rich

    This points to the urgency for a resolution to the endless war between Israel and Palestine. I have confidence that Envoy Mitchell is on his way to forging it, under the direction of President Obama. Thankfully we are to benefit from his determination on this matter. If the author of Son of Hamas was confused, no wonder most Americans are about the convoluted dynamics in this overly challenged part of the world.

    March 7, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Reply
  48. greg mcconville

    Ms. Amanpour,

    I think Mr. Yousef made you look ignorant. But then I have always thought you really aren't that in tune with all things Muslim. You think you are, but you are not. Mr. Yousef is an amazing young man.

    You should cover Latin America, and leave the ME to those who don't have your issues. You clearly feel persecuted by those who are not Muslim.

    No offense, but I do find you highly prejudice.

    greg

    March 7, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Reply
  49. Tarik

    There will never be a Palestine. Otherwise, it would not have been eradicated in the first place. The unethical, oppressive, racist, violent and criminal treatment of the Palestinians has gone on far too long. Anyone who believes that this shameful blunder of humanity will somehow end equitably, is delusional.
    Israel does as Israel pleases.
    Wake up and smell the humus ...
    there will never be a Palestine!

    March 7, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Reply
  50. Verna

    It amazes me that Amanpour wants this young man to look
    like a liar. Her feelings were so clear and it was so obvious
    that she is an Arab sympatizer. Shame on her for trying
    to make terrorist s look like good guys. Her reports are always
    so one sided and always so proArab.
    I can't understand why CNN tolerates it. She really needs to
    be working for Aljazeera where she would be appreciated.

    March 7, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Reply
  51. D. Boone, Roanoke TX

    Christiane, you are a rock star as far as CNN reporters go – but this was not one of your better interviews. You seemed to take personal offense when Mosab criticized Islam ("I'm not going to sit here and debate Islam with you", you told him). And other than asking him when he converted to Christianity (he explained how he was baptized) you never explored this angle!
    Also, towards the end, he says (I'm paraphrasing) that if more people believed as he did, there would be peace in the middle east. You just ignored that statement without exploring it further. Your capable of a better interview. Being from Iran, maybe you're too close to the subject at hand to be objective?

    March 7, 2010 at 11:11 pm | Reply
  52. Della

    If you listen to the words he uses, he claims that Israel still "kills civilians...but does not target them". Then goes on to say that his people do. He was saying that Hamas targets Palestinian civilians (do not be confused- he was referring to Palestinian death). Amanpour, you really should not have said "your people" and "Palestinians," as if he were referring to something other than Palestinan death (i.e.- like Palestinians in general were commiting such acts [Not specifically Hamas] against non-Palestinians).
    If he is Christian, he would ally more with the more Christian "Fatah" party, not Hamas (a Muslim Party). This creates the implication that politics are really behind this revelation. Smear campaigns exist everywhere in the world.

    March 7, 2010 at 11:12 pm | Reply
  53. Alex Shelby

    Mr. Mosab Yousef is a disturbed individual who finds himself in the middle of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He is a boy living in the long shadow of his father and in his search to become important found himself a spy against his people. He stated in the interview that Hamas rejected his notion that he become a double agent. Rejection after rejection made him turn to the Israelis in desperation. With his recent book “Son of Hamas” he is only trying to fulfill that legacy that his father’s shadow left, but has been unable to overcome due to his lack of misfortunate. Even now with his book’s unsuccessful showing he still fails.

    March 7, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Reply
  54. Steve

    The Mosab Hassan Yousef interview is one of the more powerful interviews you have presented. This young man understands why most of today's killing fields exist and expressed one of the keys to eliminating them. God bless this young man.

    March 7, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Reply
  55. Armani

    Interesting. This news could not have come at a better time-just when Israel is losin sympathy and credibility the World over.

    What concerns me is how much time, effort and air time thi story has gotten. Espionage is nothing new. Americans sell govt. secrets to our enemies, Jews spy on the US and vice versa. Those incidents have never recieved much attention. The only diference is this guy is a Palestinian and Israel is eager to sell his story of denouncing the Palestinians and Islam-such publicity is priceless!

    I believe this is a guy who was disowned as a youngster, sold his people for fame and glory and had a plan-work with the enemy, write a book, praise Israel while condemning Hamas and Islam and make as much money as you can from the eager American people ho will buy ANYTHING.

    Is he a spy, yes. Is he a Palestinian, yes. Is he telling the whole truth, no. He just happened to be the son of a Hamas leader, that's the ONLY difference between him and hundreds of other Palestinians working as spies for Israel.

    This guy was indeed trained and prgramme by Israel on what to say. Has he said anything we haven't heard before, no. You can tell from his interview that he has exaggerated his importance and place with Shin Bet and his knowledge of Hamas and the Palestinian people.

    Anyone who sels his people and religion is not credible in my book.

    March 7, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Reply
  56. Peace to all

    I just wish that all people are like Mosab,The World would have been a much better place if our hearts wereall filled with love even for our enemies.

    Just compare this to what the AMERICAN Al-Quida Gadahn was saying on his latest Video before getting arrested .!!!

    http://news.yahoo.com/video/world-15749633/18499474

    God bless you Mosab ,you said what NO otherone could have ever said ;THE TRUTH!.

    March 7, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Reply
  57. Armani

    Amanpour, i would love to see CNN and you dedicate your efforts in making a special segment to the Dubai assassination.

    You know, interview Israeli leaders, question their intelligence deptt. show the World why and how the assassination was carried and so forth.

    That story has completely disappeared from the media eversince it was discovered that Mossad was behind it, why?

    March 7, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Reply
  58. Vicki Carlson

    What a great job on that interview. This young man is intelligent and has spent his life seeking truth. He has found it and he believes so bravely – even courageous enough to face possible death for speaking against the god of Islam. Christiane did a fabulous job of asking the questions that we all wanted to know the answers to. I will be watching to see what happens to this man and praying for his protection from God (the God of the Bible, that is). I remember experiencing that search he spoke of – looking many places for the truth. It was obvious that he loves his people very much.

    March 7, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Reply
  59. Hank Bentley

    How long in your humble opinion will it take the Islamic plan to overcome the continent of Europe? Some estimate 25 years and the friendship between England and others with the United States will cease as Islam shuts down those countries. At some point in time large blocks of humanity will realize that Islam is not a religion, but a method or plan for world domination. When this happens there will be a revolt against Islam like the world has never seen and Kosovo with its signature ethnic cleansing will be a spit in the bucket. When the full impact of the Islamic threat is realized, the good nature of major nation's leaders will change from benevolent tolerance to incremental fear. Those countries with highly infiltrated populations will experience extensive collateral damage on both sides as street wars and assassinations run rampant. Nations with a strong non infiltrated military shall react with as much concern over collateral damage as did the folks initiating the Hiroshima and Nagasaki adventures. People should observe the spread of Islam in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan. The great Buda’s being blasted from the walls of stone show the respect Islam has for other cultures, and this predicates the vehement resistance to the Islamic spread by India. India, knows their days are numbered should their nuclear deterrent ever be overshadowed by Iraq's. If Iran should obtain a nuclear capability then the world is forcibly intercourse.

    PS. Probably a bit opinionated for you to post, eh?

    March 7, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Reply
  60. Ben

    To Ms Amanpour
    You do great work Keep it up. But I have to make the following comment.-
    I am also of an Islamic background but do not practice that faith
    no more..No I haven't converted to any other religion. Yousef was dead right about what he was saying about Islam and Muslims and who the real enemy is.You were wrong to cut him off by saying it is just a matter of interpretation. You are obviously being apologetic or are afraid of Muslims- after all I dont blame you -they do slit throats at the slightest offense -real or imagined-
    It is obvious also you like the billions of Muslims out there havent read the Koran.Muslims mainly kiss and literally worship the book
    believing it is the word of Allah hardly ever opening it up to see whats actually in it. When I finally read it myself and encountered teachings like- kill the non- believers where ever you find them . Persecution is worse
    than slaughter. Dont be friends with Christians and Jews-and seeing that the Mo. was just ranting and raving and even instigating throughout the book I felt like vomiting.
    And thats obviously what Yousef was referring to..And it is not subject to interpretation because that's what Muhammad himself practiced as reported in the Hadith. And today anyone who disagrees with a Muslim -even other Muslims-is a Non Believer and can be killed. Same if you convert to another religion.
    I can go on and on But I am sure you get the picture. You need to stop covering up and white washing the truth about Islam and Muslims and use the power of the media and your gift as a Journalist with which you've been blessed to expose the truth about this philosophy of hate and violence under the disguise of a peaceful religion.
    Thank you and I appreciate you reports.
    Ben

    March 7, 2010 at 11:48 pm | Reply
  61. Thomas P. Bauer

    While I generally admire Amanpour's direct and persistent style, the past two weeks have seen 2 very important missed questions. Given the shrill harangue the Israelis have about Iran's nuclear program, Ehud Barack was never asked about the hundreds of Israeli nuclear weapons and their refusal to sign the NPT. Yousef claimed that his action was prompted by killing of civilians by Hamas, but the actual comparative numbers of civilian deaths were never mentioned, nor was the legitimacy of aerial bombardment of suspects in crowded circumstances and whether Americans would tolerate it here.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:12 am | Reply
  62. Yinka

    It is an extraordinary story indeed! The optimist in me hopes it is all true yet the fact of the matter is that this is a war (all is fair...). I do hope that people will put aside their egos soon so there can be lasting peace in the Middle East. Too many lives have been lost or destroyed. All the main religions teach forgiveness and love so the powers that be in this situation need to put their faith in action! I dare to dream...

    March 8, 2010 at 12:26 am | Reply
  63. ilse pinkus

    When you asked Mosab Hassan Yousef why he was willing to appear on your show, did it not occur to you that he was trying to sell his book?
    He obviously did not convince you of his sincerity, although it seemed obvious to me that he was deeply moved by his new religion, still confused, and quite vulnerable....He aroused my pity....

    March 8, 2010 at 12:43 am | Reply
  64. Desert Falcon

    Christiane obviously cut the interview short and backed away from Mosab's religious analysis as soon as possible. Did you even read the book? Why not have religious experts to discuss Mosab's claim that the problem is Islam? Or is that too controversial since Islam makes it a crime to question anything about Mohammed? What other religion has jihad, world conquest, and describing members of other religions as animalS?

    March 8, 2010 at 12:54 am | Reply
  65. jim gammett

    I never posted anything on the internet ever! His interview inspired me,and I heard a devotion to the truth that can only come from one on the path of light. May the angles of god protect his way.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:57 am | Reply
  66. Ben Kalka

    It seems to me that the majority of people participating in this blog understand the desperate nature of the conflict with Islam and the West, and are willing to identify that conflict, than does Ms. Amanpour. She skirted the real issue: That Western Civilization is at threat from Islam, which has no greater purpose than to destroy diversity and civilization as we treasure it.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:51 am | Reply
  67. LarryB

    I loved Christiane's reaction! She finds the whole thiing hard to believe because it does not fit her template through which she has reported all her stories for years!

    This pulls back the curtain on evil organizations like Hamas and the Palestinian Liberation Organization. It paints Israel in a more true light.

    And it shows the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to change hearts! A Palestinian terrorist who comes to love his former enemies!

    THAT is really the power of this story!

    March 8, 2010 at 5:19 am | Reply
  68. Zelda

    I don't even know where to begin with this guy, first of all I think he is so confused about the concept of GOD, there is only one GOD regardless if you are Muslim, Christian or Jewish. He needs to study the religion little more before he comes out and screaming "their God" and "our God"! Comparing God to gangster???!!! Something is seriously wrong with him. I don't think this guy deserves all these attentions, he simply is insane! Betraying his family is unforgivable! He is not a hero, even for the people here actually think how great it is for him to stand up for his religion. One thing should be clear he didn't ditch Islam because he thinks Christianity is better, he did it to have an excuse for his actions and choices he made.

    March 8, 2010 at 6:18 am | Reply
  69. LarryB

    Zelda, you said, "there is only one GOD regardless if you are Muslim, Christian or Jewish."

    You just show how ignorant you are of what Islam is.

    I would suggest that you do some studying before making such silly statements.

    Then you said, "....screaming "their God" and "our God"!"

    So not only do you not understand Islam, you don't even understand what the word 'screaming' means!

    Mr Yousef was so far from screaming. He was talking quietly and rationally. Unlike you! If ANYONE is 'screaming', it is you Zelda!

    March 8, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Reply
  70. z

    Zelda –

    Actually, the question of whether there are different gods at play is a good one. For example, if the God of the Muslims tells them that Jesus was a prophet but did not die for the sins of all mankind; yet, the God of the Christians tells them that Jesus did die for the sins of all mankind; and, the God of the Jews tells them that Jesus will come back as the King and that Christ on the cross was not that King – then, those are certainly 3 different gods telling three different groups three very different things.

    March 8, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Reply
  71. LarryB

    Zelda,

    WOW!!

    There was a 180 degree turn!!

    Glad to see that you have thought out your positions and stick to them! lolol

    March 8, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Reply
  72. Miguel Lucena

    Affording literary leeway for all parties concerned in this story, i find that it was somewhat sensationalized however there were some valid points to be taken from this. Some of these points are ones that government, notably our own, has no stomach to publicly espouse. That being, radical Islam is to be condemned not merely in a progressive, general way as being bad, but in a specific way as being evil That is to say that the belief in this radical application of the religion is evil. We cannot fight this war like coomon crime, we cannot treat these wacko radical muslims as criminals, they the polar opposite in their minds, they are martyrs and they embrace martyrdom. I guess that's ok if you don't hurt innocent people which they do, or condemn whole societies (like our country, like Jews, like Christians) as they do. So the only way to deal with this deadly and ;lethal force is to confront it with equal (or greater) deadlier force and just expedite their martyrdom process. This is not a flippant remark, nor is the solution to be taken as tongue in cheek. Throughout histroy the incarnates of evil have all been destroyed by a greater and swifter force than their own. Our only defense is to take the offense, a philosophy well documented in "The Art of War".

    March 8, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Reply
  73. Mohamed Tagrida

    I would like to comment on Miranda's comment and tell Ms. Virtue that declaring publicly the intolerance of a human being based on one incident is intolerance in itself and generalizing the case to a heavenly religion is deemed radical intolerance. You, who are calling yourself a tolerant Christian, worked in a Muslim state for one year and a half and witnessed the very kind and tolerant face of Islam and Muslims, but you were the one who conspired against your Muslim colleagues and stabbed them in the back. I am sorry to tell you that you are not tolerant at all nor true Christian, as you pretend. Go find true peace in yourself and count accurately the number of Christians who converted to Islam.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:43 am | Reply
  74. Hank Bentley

    Mohamed,

    You Muslims are some of the most hypocritical lying sob’s around. You kill your own kind if they try to convert to Christianity, which, by the way a lot do. You have sons butcher their sisters because of perceived infidelities while your fathers hit the booze like hogs at the ten thousand foot elevation on international flights. You conduct business in the same cowardly way you conduct war, sitting in a fat chair sucking up the profits while expats do the work. If all of the expats left your stinking countries you would be back to wiping yourselves with sand in ten weeks. All that Islam has ever done is control ignorant minds. You sit around and let more intelligent people develop technologies, develop oil industries, build roads and water desalination facilities, and then you usurp them, by blinding wise men with your oil money. Any free man that has ever lived in an Islamic dominated country knows exactly what your religion is. Whipping a British man 19 times flaying the flesh 1/8” deep for kissing his wife as he left a bus. A Canadian’s 7 day incommunicado arrest without warrant because of taking a photograph on the beach where a Islamic government official and his family were bathing, and as you know if they should have been seen showing that much skin it would have cost them dearly. You continuously lie to the infidel because you believe that the infidel is less than human, same as lying to an animal such as a dog or cat. Your so called religion teaches that lying to and deception of the infidel is acceptable to Allah and rewarded by him if it is to the ends of destroying infidels such as Jews and Christians. There in lies the truth of Islam, it is not a religion of a benevolent God but the plan for world domination as outlined by Mohammed who descended from pagan religions.

    The true salvation for the free world is that your lunatic followers shall one day develop a nuclear weapon of significant size that your Allah will have them put it atop one of your skud missiles and hit Israel, Washington, LA, or perhaps New York. You see, that would truly get our attention and it would also unleash one hell of a bad gang on you and your hedonistic religion.

    April 27, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Reply
  75. Armani

    Hank, how much did AIPAC pay you to show up here and spew such garbage from the gutter you call a mouth?

    Sure, you used 2 paragraphs to outline Muslim crimes, if i were to outline Western/Israeli atrocities towards humanity, i might need eternity to list them.

    Why condemn other countrues for carrying out their rules and regulations? Don't you exercise your rules and regulations on foreigners in your Country? Do you allow a Muslim to marry more than one wife at a time?(eventhough that's his religious right?), No you don't because you don't believe in it, so why should the Arab World succumb to your Western values (like sucking tongues in public or photographing a family's provate moments at a beach when it is against that Country's rules?).

    You want others to respect your values but you don't think you should their's, right? Such hypocrisy!

    As you can see from Mohamed's response, he was very respectful (shows how respectful, accepting Muslims are of others and their religions), you on the other hand decide to insult and demean our religion(which shows the true colour of your faith and religion-hatred, bigotry and selfishness).

    Based on your response, you have done a disservice to your religion, race and people.

    May God have mercy on your poor, lost soul.

    April 30, 2010 at 5:08 am | Reply

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