Walid Shoebat (Arabic: وليد شعيبات) is a Palestinian American Christian who converted from Islam. A self-proclaimed ex-terrorist, he lectures on the dangers of Islamic radicalism and is a strong supporter of the state of Israel. Born to a Jordanian Muslim father and a American mother, Shoebat lived during the early part of his life in the village of Beit Sahour, near Bethlehem.
A self-proclaimed apostate Muslim, Walid Shoebat states that he converted to Christianity in 1993 and began to spread the word about the dangers of Islam. He has been interviewed as a terrorism expert on several television programs, including a handful of appearances on CNN and its sister network, HLN, in 2006 and 2007. Critics have questioned his alleged PLO affiliations, which he cites as the grounds for his authority on the subject of militant Islam.
According to the biography on his official website (http://www.shoebat.com/bio.php), Shoebat was born in Bethlehem, the grandson of the Mukhtar of Beit Sahour, whom Shoebat describes as an associate of Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Mohammad Amin al-Husayni. Shoebat joined the Palestine Liberation Organization in his youth, and was involved in an attack against an Israeli bank.
Upon his release, he continued his anti-Israeli activism until going to the United States, where he became involved with the Arab Student Organization at Loop College in Chicago. Shortly afterwards Shoebat worked as a software engineer and became a US citizen. In 1993, Walid converted to Christianity.
Shoebat believes Israel should retake the Gaza Strip as it is Jewish by right, saying, "If a Jew has no right to Gaza, then he has no right to Jaffa or Haifa either." He advocates that Israel deport anyone who denies its right to exist, "even if they were born there."
On Islamism and Sharia
Shoebat gives lectures to local police departments regarding his belief that "most Muslims seek to impose Sharia in the United States. To prevent this, he said in an interview, he warns officers that "you need to look at the entire pool of Muslims in a community.'" According to the Washington Post:
"When Shoebat spoke to the first annual South Dakota Fusion Center Conference in Sioux Falls . . . he told them to monitor Muslim student groups and local mosques and, if possible, tap their phones. 'You can find out a lot of information that way,' he said."
On Islam and Nazism
Shoebat argues that parallels exist between radical Islam and Nazism. He says, "Secular dogma like Nazism is less dangerous than Islamofascism that we see today ... because Islamofascism has a religious twist to it; it says 'God the Almighty ordered you to do this'.... It is trying to grow itself in fifty-five Muslim states. So potentially, you could have a success rate of several Nazi Germanys, if these people get their way."
Lack of evidence supporting autobiographical account
Shoebat claimed that he threw a bomb at Bank Leumi, an Israeli bank, in Bethlehem. A 2008 Jerusalem Post article raised questions regarding the authenticity of Shoebat's account, and reported that Bank Leumi had no record of an attack on its Bethlehem branch between 1977 and 1979. In addition Shoebat's uncle also denied that such an attack took place. Such an incident was also not reported by Israeli news outlets according to Omar Sacirbey's 2010 Washington Post article.
The Post also reported on Shoebat contradicting himself. In response to Jerusalem Post's 2008 question whether word of the bombing made the news at the time, he replied
I don't know. I didn't read the papers because I was in hiding for the next three days.
However according the same article he had told Britain's Sunday Telegraph in 2004 that:
I was terribly relieved when I heard on the news later that evening that no one had been hurt or killed by my bomb.
During his telephone interview with the Post, Shoebat was unable to recall the date or time of year of the attack. Shoebat said he was pressured by teachers to adopt an extreme Islamic philosophy, however his uncle, who still lives in Bethlehem, said for the Post that religion did not play a major role in Walid's education, and that he left Bethlehem by age 16.
On April 9, 2008, Shoebat responded to the earlier Jerusalem Post's report on that paper's op-ed page. He wrote that theJerusalem Post had been duped. According to him, the sources who disputed his own account of his upbringing (including his relatives) were themselves involved in terrorism. He claimed they want to see him discredited, probably because of his conversion to Christianity . He also claims that reputable witnesses who could confirm the bombing operation of Bank Leumi were not interviewed. He also posted a response on his website.
On July 13, 2011, CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" reported an investigative piece into Walid Shoebat's claim to authority based on being a former terrorist. The report found that according to Israeli government officials, the bank that Walid Shoebat claimed to have attacked, and his own relatives, no record of his supposed terrorist history existed. A two-week prison term in an Israeli jail, another of Shoebat's claims was also unsubstantiated, with Israel having no record he was ever jailed. His cousin, interviewed in the report, stated that he had never known Shoebat to have ties to any movement, and that his claims of being a former terrorist were "for his own personal reasons".
In response Shoebat wrote:
CNN failed to ask Daood Hassaan Shoebat if he had any links to terrorists. He did. How could Daood Shoebat, the uncle of famed terrorist Arin Shoebat and Raed Khalil Awadallah Shoebat be a credible witness since both terrorists can be verified without a shadow of doubt.
Regarding CNN's inability to confirm his jail time, Shoebat wrote:
2) Even if Mr. Griffin did check prison records, he was searching the wrong name. Had CNN examined our records that were offered to them, it will prove beyond doubt that Mr. Griffin made an error. When Mr. Shoebat was arrested he turned in his U.S. passport and not his birth certificate or I.D. card. His U.S. passport had a different last name.
Omar Sacirbey's 2010 Washington Post article reports that Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for Council on American-Islamic Relations has questioned Shoebat's motives, saying that "[Ergun] Caner, Shoebat, [Kamal] Saleem along with others like them, belong to an 'industry' that is often perpetuated by fundamentalist Christians" and that people are doing this "to make money or get converts or to get some personal benefit". The article also reports that skeptics have questioned how has Shoebat and others been able to retain their US citizenship if their stories of terrorist activities are true.
Charitable organization status
The Jerusalem Post states that Shoebat has profited from his story that he was formerly a Muslim terrorist who has rejected Islam for Christianity. When the Post asked Shoebat whether the Walid Shoebat Foundation is a registered charity, he said that it was registered in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania State Attorney's office said it had no record of such a charity. When asked again, Shoebat claimed it was registered under a different name, but that he was not aware of the Foundation's registered name, nor any other details, which were known only to his manager. Dr. Joel Fishman of the Allegheny County Law Library in Pennsylvania expressed doubts about Walid Shoebat Foundation's donation process. He noted that if the money were being given to a registered charity, the charity would have to make annual reports to the state and federal government.
- "Dear Muslim, Let Me Tell You Why I Believed"
- Israel and The World's Mock Trial - details anti-Semitism in Islamic and secular Western countries.
- Why I Left Jihad: The Root of Terrorism and the Return of Radical Islam
- The Culture of Death: Coverage of testimony given by Shoebat.
- From Hate to Love: Discusses the anti-semitic indoctrination of Palestinian children.
- Walid Shoebat: A Testimony of Faith to Redemption
- Why We Want To Kill You: The Jihadist Mindset and How to Defeat It (2007)
- In Satan’s Footsteps
- The Forgotten Ally
- Arabs Speak Frankly
- HomelandSecurityUS.com http://homelandsecurityus.com/archives/5067
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- "'Ex-terrorist' rakes in homeland security bucks". CNN. July 7, 2011.
- Drew Griffin and Kathleen Johnston (July 13, 2011). "'Ex-terrorist' rakes in homeland security bucks". CNN.
- Make a donation to Walid Shoebat foundation; Justice for Israel and the Jewish people
- Luyken, Jorg (March 30, 2008). "The Palestinian 'terrorist' turned Zionist". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved March 23, 2010.
- Shoebat's autobiography on Shoebat.com
- Priest, Dana and Arkin, William (December 2010) Monitoring America, Washington Post
- Wayne Kopping & Raphael Shore (2005). Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West.[dead link]
- Omar Sacirbey, "Skeptics challenge life stories offered by high-profile Muslim converts to Christianity," Washington Post, June 26, 2010.
- Shoebat, Walid (April 9, 2008). "Right of Reply: I was a terrorist". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved March 23, 2010.
- "CNN SMEAR CAMPAIGN—THE MISSING FACTS". www.shoebat.com. Retrieved April 5, 2013.
- "Books by Walid Shoebat". Shoebat.com. Retrieved March 23, 2010.
- Shoebat.com The home page of Walid Shoebat
- BBC News Palestinian militant turned peacemaker
- The Telegraph: I only wanted to kill Jews
- World Net Daily Editorial: The Unmaking Of A Terrorist by Joseph Farah
- New Voices Magazine: The Changeling by Josh Nathan-Kazis[dead link]
- Live Blogging Walid Shoebat in Milwaukee
- A Terrorist Who Turned To Love by Jamie Glazov at FrontPage Magazine
- Critique of Claims of Walid Shoebat
- Former terrorist fuels controversy
- Pro-Israel ex-terrorist denied entry into Canada
- Walid Shoebat tells his story to hundreds in Winnipeg[dead link]
- Former terrorist speaks against violence[dead link]
- Former terrorist has changed his ways[dead link]
- YouTube link to the Fox News interview
- Shoebat: From Palestinian Terrorist to Lover of Zion?
- Walid Shoebat interviewed on Dr. Blogstein's Radio Happy Hour
- Walid Shoebat: God's War on Terror TV Broadcast on WVCY-TV
- Walid Shoebat: From Terror to Truth TV Broadcast on WVCY-TV
- Walid Shoebat – A Palestinian's Journey
- Critical Study of 'Walid Shoebat'
- Walid Shoebat on Fox News[dead link]
- Interview on God's Learning Channel
- List of Walid Shoebat online media[dead link]
- Walid Shoebat, Zak Anani and Ibrahim Abdullah on CN8, subtitled in French
- The Mind of a terrorist[dead link]
- Interview of 3 ex-terrorists
- Making of a Martyr Bonus Features – Walid Shoebat: Part 1, Part 2.
- Walid Shoebat – "Islam Prophecied In The Bible" (7 videos) – Koinonia Institute's 2008 Strategic Perspectives conference in Southern California hosted by Dr. Chuck Missler
- Walid Shoebat – Major series (22 videos) "What The Bible says about Islam" Southern California Prophecy Conference 2008
- Walid Shoebat – Exposed