Yousef is the father of Mosab Hassan Yousef, the Ramallah-born Hamas operative who secretly helped the Shin Bet sabotage dozens of terrorist attacks during the second intifada.
The IDF and the Shin Bet intelligence agency arrested Sheikh Hassan Yousef early on Tuesday during a raid on his West Bank home.
Yousef is a senior Hamas leader in the West Bank. Security forces arrested him in the Palestinian town of Beitunia, southwest of Ramallah.
The sheikh has been arrested and jailed in Israel on several past occasions. Israeli authorities accuse him of “[fomenting] violence and conflict against Israel among the Palestinian public.”
Soldiers from the Artillery Corps Ra’am (Thunder) battalion and units from the Binyamin territorial brigade arrested Yousef together with the Shin Bet, and took him in for questioning.
Yousef’s son, Mosab, worked as an undercover Shin Bet informer and is credited with foiling many deadly terrorist attacks between 1997 and 2007.
His autobiography, Son of Hamas, was published in 2010. Yousef has sought asylum in the United States.