Why I Left Jihad

by Walid Shoebat

I always say at the beginning of my speeches “confession is the beginning of healing.” There is no healing without confession. My name is Walid Shoebat and I was a Palestinian terrorist. I lived the life of a terrorist as I was growing up. Today, unfortunately we live in a world filled with ignorance and hate. Most people will say they have done something horrible in their life. I used to be a terrorist. I carried a bomb and tried to lynch an Israeli at a young age.

Terrorism is taught at a very young age. I was 6 years old, going to kindergarten, and the first song that we learned was “Arabs are beloved, and Jews are dogs.” We were commanded to want to throw all the Jews in the sea. 

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