Walid Shoebat is a Palestinian American, born in the West Bank to an American mother, who converted to Christianity from Islam. Shoebat has claimed that he used to be a Palestinian Liberation Organization terrorist in a CNN television interview. He is a self-proclaimed expert on the dangers of Islam and is also a strong supporter of the State of Israel. Shoebat has also claimed that he firebombed the Israeli bank Bank Leumi. However, after thoroughly investigating his claim, reporters and officials have found no evidence of any attack on the bank between 1977 and 1979, the period in which Shoebat claims to have carried out the attack.
Shoebat has been introduced as a terrorism expert on several television programs, including appearances on CNN and its sister network HLN in 2006 and 2007