The Talented Mr Shoebat

Malachi O’Doherty encounters Walid Shoebat:

The venue was Belfast synagogue. Three-quarters of the audience was made up of Christian evangelicals and about one-quarter Jews. The speaker was Walid Shoebat who claims he is a former PLO bomber who has discovered the literal truth of the Bible. Shoebat says Islam is the creation of Satan, the antithesis of Christianity. He says there is trouble in the Middle East only because Muslims hate Jews and that there is no point in conciliation.

He also claims to have killed 200-odd people, two thirds by dagger. Even by Northern Ireland’s standards, that is seriously impressive, and likely to win hands-down any game of ‘Do you know how much of a sinner I was before the Lorrrd found me?’ in Cornmarket on a Saturday morning.

A video on GodTube says that his parents sent him to America to get an education because they were ‘sick of his terrorist activities’. Goddamit Walid, I’m just sick to the back teeth of you stabbing people to death! Why that’s the 25th victim this week! Your mother and I have both agreed that the best thing for you is to go and get a proper education in the US! And get a haircut while you’re at it!

That’s the great thing about certain strains of evangelical Christianity. Jesus says that God’s love for a repented sinner is like a father’s love for the prodigal son. But it often seems as though the magnitude of God’s love (which many evangelicals experience as ecstasy) is directly proportionate to the magnitude of the previous sins. So whilst a father might rejoice at the return of the son who’s been out spending all his savings and whoring about, he’ll rejoice even more at the return of the son who’s been out blowing up airliners and organising international sex trafficking. Hence part of the appeal of Walid Shoebat. That, and the fact that there’s always a market niche for the native informant who’ll confirm the image of the natives as bloodthirsty savages.


2 Responses to “The Talented Mr Shoebat”

  1. 1 Adeed December 9, 2007 at 4:58 am


    Walid never claimed to have killed 200 people. Can you show this reference? You will never find it.

    Idiots like you and Malachi don’t know what they are talking about. It is obviuous from the report that is written about Shoebat, Malachi doesn’t give Shoebat’s statements. Had he done that, one would see that Malachi is a hater of anyone that stand with democratic Israel, and rather be in bed with Islamists

  2. 2 Hugh Green December 9, 2007 at 10:39 am

    You’d never want to meet a guy like Walid on the street. His stated mission was “to kill as many Jews as possible.” He started murdering people at 14, and within four years had accumulated “223 points” – a PLO term for 223 kills, two-thirds of them with daggers.

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