For years, Walid Shoebat has been a darling of the lecture circuit, particularly at American colleges when it came to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Walid had allegedly been a PLO terrorist who found his epiphany and rejected his past and now supported Israel. Walid quickly developed a following among Jewish audiences as he denounced terrorism and urged support for Israel and the Jewish people against Arab Muslim calls for genocide of the Jews.
Walid became an evangelical Christian and called for Israel’s survival in an increasingly anti-Semitic world. At the same time, he wrote a few books that sold well and was touted as a “terrorism expert” who even lectured to the FBI on how to fight terrorism.
The Walid Shoebat Foundation soon followed, with the noble goal of raising money to fight persecution of Christians in Pakistan. The organization of the Shoebat Foundation was made possible by its executive director, a man named Keith Davies, a plucky Irish Jew who promoted Walid tirelessly for many years. I speak from experience because I worked for the Shoebat Foundation as an advance man prior to his college appearances, where I made sure he was not disrupted as happens so often today when pro-Israel speakers visit college campuses. I met with administrators and campus clubs in advance. I also wrote articles and defended him.
Walid’s story continued to develop. As the Shoebat Foundation grew (and the Foundation still helps many persecuted Christians in Pakistan to this day) Walid stepped away from day to day operations drawing his salary as the head of the Walid Shoebat Foundation. He also left his evangelical connections.
The Foundation was solid, and money was accounted for and people were being helped. I know this information because I was on the Board of Directors of the Walid Shoebat Foundation for years myself.
Then Walid called me up and asked if I could help him get other board members off the Board and I received an eye-opening call from Keith Davies, the Executive Director of the Shoebat Foundation, about problems that had been surfacing.
Walid Shoebat’s foundation has a website, Shoebat.com that would expose persecution of Christians and Jews in the War on Terror. I hadn’t looked at the site in a while but when I went there I was greeted by a headline that read, “Judaism is Satanic”. It also featured a strange trailer from either the Arab miniseries A Horseman Without A Horse which is based on the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion and was used to foment pogroms since the 19th century on Jews or else from Mel Gibson’s Passion of Christ which is just as bad.
When I scrolled down on the website I was besieged with all manner of mendacious lecturing by Walid’s son, Theodore, describing the Talmud and Judaism as Satanic devices, also spewing out attacks on gays. The messages were the same as those on militant Islamist websites or those of Neo-Nazis, yet declared to be true representations of Christian doctrine and “telling it like it is” about the Jews who “killed God.” Some readers even carried on further: The Jews in Israel aren’t real Jews; The Talmud teaches ideas from the Devil; The Church revealed the devil worship of the Jews and on and on. Readers can see all this by visiting the website. I recommend viewing it on the Internet Archive here in case it has been removed by the time you read this article, but it was up at this writing.
At first, I thought maybe the site was hacked or that Walid wasn’t aware of what his son, Theodore was doing; the attacks on Judaism and Jews, the attacks on gays, his militant and almost persecutorial representations of Christianity that were Taliban-like behavior. But Walid told me everything was right, or so he said, and followed his 27 year-old son’s ideas. Now, the Shoebats say the Jews, not the Romans, killed Christ, and how Judaism is a Satanic cult. Walid and son described me as a “money grubbing Jew.”
Walid asked me if I wanted to do an interview with his son. But when his son called me he began insulting me with obscenity-laced accusations and nonsense.. The Palestinian militant came out, it seems, in both Walid and his son. This wasn’t a misunderstanding of Judaism, this was every bit as anti-Semitic as Hamas.
The BDS activists who used to berate Shoebat as a fraud will no doubt dance a jig, but who among us could have imagined his rantings when it comes to the Jews?