ONE TERRORIST LESS

by Arlene Peck

Several months ago, I 'discovered' Walid Shoebat. I was called and asked would I be interested in having a former PLO terrorist on my television show as a guest. When I was told that he was now a big supporter of Israel and Jews, I became intrigued and said, "Sure, why not"

His story was unusual to say the least and when I heard his background, as one who had been raised on hate and revering Death to the Jews I wanted to see what had caused this change. Especially from one who had been a fund-raiser for the PLO in college and had gone beyond throwing stones at tanks and was 'suited up' for bombings. Walid was a bad guy. A very bad guy.

What caused the change? Well basically it was the love of a good Christian woman who came into his life at the right time and said, "Before I become the Muslim wife you want, I want you to read my Bible." The rest is history. And, now he is in demand at universities, radio, and a multitude of newspapers. All, except the L.A.Times as I called them to cover his talk at the Zen Buddest Center and couldn't drum up any interest.

I wasn't surprised as I said he was supportive of Israel. Yet, I have yet to understand why the Israeli Consulate and the office of Yuval Rotan or the Israeli Public Relations had much the same reaction when I tried to impress upon them what a treasure Mr. Shoebat is for the Jewish State. What is wrong with them that they don't support someone who is one in a million, no, several million who is helping Israel without backing from those who should be promoting this man? He flies all over the world to give his message, and he should be giving it in the Arab schools in Israel.

However, five or six hundred Zen Buddhists didn't seem to have any problem with attending his lecture and at the end giving a standing ovation with what this man had to say. Interestingly enough, the group looked more Jewish to me than what I had pictured as Buddhist but, what do I know?

He said things that I have been writing for years but, coming from a man that grew up under the canopy of terrorism, they listened. There can be no negotiation with this culture. It is the cycle of Nazism repeating itself and called Islamic fundamentalism. "We have to blame somebody. Kill the men and rape the women." The difference, and the horror that the world is facing is "Germany was one country. Islam is in fifty-five countries."

Mr. Shoebat related the parallel to the Nazis in how they began with the youth. They had the Boy Scouts and the youth in media creating facts from myth. The same facts were used for his past upbringing. Except, Walid attended schools that are funded, still today by the Hashemite kingdom, which is supposed to be a secular Moslem country. Yet, they teach to promote hatred against the Jewish State. He spoke of how that the text books in virtually Arab country is filled and cresting over with quotations of "Death to the Jews". They soaked up his statements of how the Arabs are taught, "We will knock on the gates of Paradise with the skulls of the Jews." Of course, it really got their attention when he said, "Of course, that's because we behead them first."

His recollections of his childhood were of nursery rhymes that he learned as a toddler singing, "Kill the Jews"

He spoke of how the Muslims don't want to share. "They want the whole pie. I've never read a Muslim publication in relation to the Jews that doesn't say, "From the River to the sea." He continued, "And let there be no mistake. Once they get Gaza, then they want Acre, Ramala, Haifa, Tel Aviv. Israel was never interesting to the Arabs. The only time they wanted it was when the Jews had it."

He told his audience, "You never hear about the refugee problem of 850,000 Jews who were forced out of Arab lands. All you hear about are the Palestinian refugees. Why won't people accept the fact that the biggest refugee problem in the history of mankind is the Jewish people? For over 2,000 years they had their presence in Israel. The American people have no clue...none!" Lord, he's got that right. I wondered how many of the Arabs had ever been told, as he told their audience, "Israel, throughout history have not been occupiers as I was taught. Instead, they are the liberators."

I have always known that their goal has been to wipe away anything Jewish from the land. The Muslims build mosques over the synagogues and remove all artifacts, holy places, and anything that ties them to the land. Anybody out there remember what they did to Josephs Tomb?

There are no Palestinian refugees. It is a 'cause' that is passed down from generation to generation, no matter where they live. The Arabs of the entire region all say that they are Palestinians and look upon that to be a privilege and get free food. The productive ones will never go back to Palestinian. The only ones will be the fanatics." And, there are enough of them.

Hey, it was no great surprise to me that the Saudis use their barrels of oil to profligate Nazism. But, coming out of this man, they listened.

And, as much as I knew about the Saudis I found it interesting when Walid set out the "plan". "The majority of the Muslims have an agenda. The Saudis aren't spending billions of oil money to propagate peaceful causes. They are all over the world building mosques, usually over churches, and giving to terrorist charities for dawa (Islaminic prothalozation). That is the first stage. That is the jihad of the pen. That's the stage where they use the massive PR and rush to the United Nations for yet more of those resolutions against Israel.

The second stage is the Jihad of finance. That's where the Saudis and their fund raisers and big donations to terrorist's organizations and schools come in. The Mosque is nothing but the Jihad of the Pen which includes giving to terrorist charities which most of them are fronts for.

And, the final nail in our coffin of culture is the Jihad of the Sword. That folks is when all these nice peaceful 1.3 billion Muslims are to unite and oust all secular government and reinstate Islamic laws and rule the world.

And, finally, on the topic of democracy. Walid thinks that despite the billions and billions of dollars that our tax dollars that are invested, in bringing freedom, to Iraq, democracy is unlikely to happen. At least it won't in our life time. The only time that they use 'democracy' is one time. And, that will be to hold elections to insure that the Islamic fundamentalism will continue to flourish. Chilling.