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The Green Prince

In the style of a psychological thriller THE GREEN PRINCE retraces the details of a partnership that developed between sworn enemies by recounting the true story of the son of a Hamas leader who emerged as one of Israel’s prized informants, and the Shin Bet agent who risked his career to protect him.

Director: Nadav Schirman
Year: 2014
Time: 101 min
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Share this film. Consider hosting a screening and discuss the film afterwards.

Read Mosab Hassan Yousef’s book Son of Hamas, where he provides an insider’s account of a life lived amongst terrorism, intelligence, and deceit. 

Learn about the cause of the OneVoice Movement that campaigns to make the two-state solution a reality in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

Consider if you are interested in working in security, intelligence, and reconnaissance. For U.S. citizens, the National Security Agency offers information. Most countries have an equivalent.

Learn more about the Isreali-Palestinian Peace Process and the region’s history. Consider both side’s perspective with an open mind- much of what we have been taught is biased depending on our own upbringing and country of origin.

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Interview With Nadav Shirman

Although inspired by Mosab’s memoir, ‘Son of Hamas’, THE GREEN PRINCE does not simply recount the life of the Palestinian scion accused of betraying his family and his people. Instead, Schirman’s third documentary feature hones in on the unlikely yet enduring relationship Mosab forged with his Shin Bet handler, Gonen Ben Itzhak, over their years working together.

Read Film Comments interview with filmmaker Nadav Shirman.

Spy Seminar Series – What Makes Traitors Tick?

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From ‘Son Of Hamas’ To Agent Of Shin Bet

Find out about Mosab Hassan Yousef’s book “Son of Hamas” on NPR. 

Why Deport a Friend to Middle East Peace?

“We believe that friendships like ours are key to eliminating hate and promoting the liberty that both our peoples so desperately desire.”

An article by Mosab Hassan Yousef and Gonen ben Itzhak published on The Washington Post.

In Gaza and the West Bank, Love Struggles to Bridge the Separation

“Khan Younis, Gaza Strip – He said he fell for ‘her ideas, her thoughts.’ She said he made her forget she was overweight, and ‘feel beautiful.’ They flirted awkwardly at a conference in Amman, where they met in 2011. Then, in flurries of text messages over a few weeks, they discovered they both were interested in photography and astronomy…”

Continue reading on The New York Times. 

The Origins and History of Israel and Hamas

“Thinking you can understand the current conflict by looking at only the past few years of its history is like thinking you understand calculus because you passed freshman algebra.Hopefully, this quick piece can be a pre-cal of sorts for people wanting to really understand the history between Israel and Palestine.”

Israel-Gaza Conflict: How to Help

“The death toll on both sides from hostilities in Israel and Gaza is now over 1,000; among them are scores of children, and many more civilians are injured. Thousands are forced to flee their homes, and those who stay are left terrified by the bombs raining down. As negotiations for a cease-fire continue, many organizations have begun to provide relief to those in harm’s way and to protect those affected by the crisis.”

Continue reading on CNN.

Families of Palestinian Spies for Israel Face Stigma in Gaza

“In a narrow territory where almost everyone knows each other, nothing in the Israeli-controlled Gaza Strip is more scandalous than being detected as a collaborator with Israel.

During the first intifada in 1987, many suspected of collaborating with Israel were often found killed in dumps, with armed groups mainly responsible for such killings. ”

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