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Sundance film spotlights Palestinian spy for Israel

Published on Jan 23, 2014 7:26 AM

PARK CITY, United States (AFP) - The son of a founder of Hamas who spent 10 years as an Israeli "mole" at the heart of the Palestinian Islamist movement is thrown into the spotlight, in a film that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

From 1997 to 2007, Mossab Hassan Youssef, the oldest son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, worked for Israel's Shin Bet internal security services, before relocating to the United States and converting to Christianity.

In 2010 he published a book about his life, which has been adapted into The Green Prince, in competition at the major independent film festival, which runs until Sunday in the ski resort of Park City, Utah.

Israeli director Nadav Schirman said he discovered the story when the book came out.

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