The son of a Hamas founder who converted to Christianity, disowned his family, and became a spy against Hamas for the Israeli counter-terrorist agency the Shabak, was granted asylum today by a California judge after the federal government backtracked on demands that he be deported to Ramallah on the grounds that he aided and abetted a terrorist organization. Mosab Hassan Yousef was defended in court by his Shabak handler who up until that point did not reveal his identity in public. He came out of anonymity in order to defend Yousef and quite possibly save his life.

If Yousef had been deported to Ramallah as the federal government had originally requested, he would have most likely been killed by Hamas.

Yousef himself was surprised the federal government’s turnaround, and vowed to continue his fight against terrorism.