Walid Shoebat

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Walid Shoebat was born in Bethlehem of Judea. Through constant indoctrination, he grew up believing that the hatred of Jews and westerners was the most important aspect of his Islamic culture. They were his enemy. His grandfather was a Muslim Chieftain, and close friend of Haj-Amin Al-Husseni, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. Al-Husseni was a notorious associate of Adolf Hitler who collaborated with Nazism on the destruction of the Jewish people in the Muslim world. The young Arab boy experienced the bloody hatred of his Islamic faith, witnessing the carnage of the Six-Day War, the Black September civil war in Jordan, the Yom Kippur War, and the Lebanese civil war.

When young Walid reached his teens he was recruited into Yasser Arafat’s Fatah terror group by a known bomb maker, Mahmoud Al-Mughrabi, a relative of the notorious Dalal Al-Mughrabi, who was the first female Jihadist martyr. After blowing herself up, and killing 36 Jews, she became an important symbol in Palestine.

As a member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, Walid was thoroughly trained on how to incite riots, demonstrate, and perpetrate acts of terror and violence. He was arrested at age 16, and sent to Jerusalem's central prison for incitement and violence against Israel. Because he was an American citizen by birth (his mother was American), he was released almost immediately. 

After his release, Walid continued to train under Al-Mughrabi. While still only sixteen, Walid was given a sophisticated explosive, hidden in a loaf of bread. He was instructed to deliver it to the Bank Leumi branch in Bethlehem near the Nativity Church (Christ‘s birthplace). He did as he was told. After the bomb went off, he was trembling with anxiety; Who had he killed? Were there children? He was so scared and depressed he couldn’t sleep for days. That was to be the first time he came to grips with what it would be like to have blood on his hands. Soon thereafter, the guilt had obviously passed, as he went on to participate with his friends in the near lynching of an Israeli official, and they nearly killed him. 

In 1978 Shoebat relocated to the United States to pursue a formal education. He enrolled at Loop College in Chicago, where he helped young Arabs get acquainted with America, While there he began to work for the Arab Student Organization, where he found his position to be fertile ground for the purpose of recruiting new PLO members. 

As time passed, Walid was becoming more and more disenchanted with the lack of unity between PLO activists, Jordanians, and Lebanese. Jordanians never forgave Palestinians for causing the Black September war, and Lebanese never forgave them for the Damur Massacre. Walid wanted a more puritanical organization that united all Muslims, so he joined the notorious Muslim Brotherhood, headed by Jamal Said, a friend of Abdullah Azzam who mentored Usama Bin Laden.  

Walid located and acquainted himself with his lost American family. As he began to connect with them and their Judeo-Christian beliefs, they began asking questions about his fundamentalist Islamic beliefs. It was so strange to him how his American family loved their fellow man, regardless of race, creed, color or religion. Walid only understood the hatred of anyone who was not Muslim. He could not fathom treating everyone the same.

At age 33 he met and married an American. When he attempted to get his wife to convert to Islam, she challenged him to prove that the Bible was corrupted as it was claimed by Muslims. He accepted her challenge to read the old testament of the Bible, to study Judeo-Christian culture and Jewish history. He was not totally convinced, but was fascinated with this strange lifestyle of love and forgiveness.

In 1991 Walid returned to his homeland. When he arrived in Palestine he found the same hateful graffiti slogans everywhere, a thing he used to do as an activist; "we knock on the gates of heaven with the skulls of Jews" one of the slogans said. He asked himself, "Why must we kill Jews in order to enter paradise. He saw Arabs stoning a civilian Jewish bus that had bars and wire-mesh covering the windows. He asked himself "why are these people not allowed to live amongst us? We have 1.2 million Arabs living in Israel proper, yet Jews are not allowed to live in our Palestine? 

When Walid presented these same questions to his Arab family, he was met with anger and betrayal. He did not feel the love and acceptance afforded him by his American family and friends back in the U.S. His Arab family turned against him, calling him a Zionist. His life was threatened by his brother, his property was seized and sold, and his family shunned him, no longer recognizing him as their son and brother.  

In early 1993 Walid returned to the States. The differences between the hatred and violence he had left behind and the love and acceptance he found waiting for him in the U.S. were never so apparent. He weighed everything in his mind, as he continued to observe the differences in his two family's beliefs.

Six months later, he began to make major changes in his life. He left the Muslim Brotherhood, which went on to be even more radical when it became the IAP - Islamic Association of Palestine an affront for the Hamas terror organization. Then he finally made the biggest decision of all - converting to Christianity.

Convinced he had been on the side of evil, Walid became an advocate for those he formerly considered the enemy - anyone who was non-Muslim.

Driven by a deep passion to heal his own soul, and to bring out the truth about the Jews and Israel to the world, Walid shed his former life and work as a software engineer and set out to tirelessly bring the cause of Israel to millions of people throughout the world, at churches and synagogues, civic groups, government leaders and media. 

In 2005 Walid wrote “Why I Left Jihad,” where he exposes anti-Semitism and the hatred of Jews in both the Islamic Christian and secular worlds. 

His latest work, "Why We Want To Kill You?" releases in February, 2007.

Walid resides in the USA (in a secret location) with his wife and children. 

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