Shoebat, Saleem, and Anani - Three Arab Villages Are Missing Their Idiots - updated 11/1/12

Sheila Musaji

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Shoebat, Saleem, and Anani - Three Arab Villages Are Missing Their Idiots

by Sheila Musaji

In 2006 I wrote an article about an event I attended in Saint Louis at which the film Obsession was shown and the speaker who was invited to prove the film’s point was Walid Shoebat.  As I said in the article,  “The speaker at this film was billed as a “former” PLO terrorist turned Christian/Zionist.  Walid Shoebat claims to live in California under an assumed name with protection from the Islamic radicals who have declared a “fatwa” to kill him.  He made many undocumented claims, and most shockingly said that it was time to stop working for peace - it is time to start taking real action. .  A review of his radio interview before the St. Louis presentation, as well as a review of statements at other showings of this film, and of his website is very revealing.  He has said “Please take back the holy Temple Mount.” He has said “We need to choose war.” He has sanctioned the use of extrajudicial assassinations.  This is a man who wants to hurry Armageddon and the rapture along, at which time the Messiah will come and the Jews, Muslims, and everyone who does not believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God will be killed and sent to hell.  This is anti-Semitic and Islamophobic.  This is an extremist Christian terrorist.  This is not a former terrorist.  This is a man who used to hate Jews and now hates Muslims, who used to commit violence against Jews and now justifies violence against Muslims.”

Shoebat is now a part of a three man road show - Walid Shoebat, Kamal Saleem and Zachariah Anani, billed as the “3 ex-terrorists” who go around the country villifying Islam.  They were even invited to appear recently at the U.S. Air Force Academy to enlighten the students.  And, they have a “3 ex-terrorists” website

I certainly doubt the veracity of the Islamophobic statements made by this group, as do most sane people, and am more than a little concerned about the effects this concerted propoganda effort will have in poisoning people’s minds and sidelining people from serious consideration of real issues and solutions.

Chris Hedges writes about these three in “The War Against Tolerance”,  “These three con artists are not the problem. There is enough scum out there to take their place. Rather, they offer a window into a worldview that is destroying the United States. It has corrupted the Republican Party. It has colored the news media. It has entered into the everyday clichés we use to explain ourselves to ourselves. It is ignorant and racist, but it is also deadly. It grossly perverts the Christian religion. It asks us to kill to purify the Earth. It leaves us threatened not only by the terrorists who may come from abroad but the ones who are rising from within our midst.”

I question the veracity of their statements, and also questioned Shoebat’s story about his past.  It would seem that my doubts about Shoebat’s credentials were accurate.  There have now been a number of articles written questioning almost every aspect of the biographies of these individuals.

Chris Rodda reports Walid Shoebat, Zachariah Anani, and and Kamal Saleem. Shoebat, who appears in Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West and sells the film on his website, has also spoken at Tim LaHaye’s Pre-Trib (Pre-Tribulation) Research Center conferences and John Hagee’s Christians United for Israel (CUFI) events. Zachariah Anani is a Lebanese-born Canadian citizen who claims to have killed 223 people while a Muslim terrorist. Kamal Saleem, under his real name, Khodor Shami, worked for Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network for sixteen years, was hired by James Dobson’s Focus on the Family in 2003, and founded Koome Ministries in 2006 to “expose the true agenda of [Muslims] who would deceive our nation and the free nations of the world.”

Israel E News ran an article “Credentials of USAF paid “3 ex-Terrorists” including Shoebat Challenged” 

A Canadian paper notes in an article “Doubt cast on Anani’s terrorist claims “Tom Quiggin, Canada’s only court-qualified expert on global jihadism and a former RCMP intelligence and national security expert, said Anani’s tales of terror and murder just don’t jibe with the time and place he claims to have been killing.”

Eileen Fleming wrote an article questioning Shoebat’s biography to which Shoebat issued a rebuttal entitled “I Was a Terrorist; In Defense of My Identity, Story and Credentials”.  His insistence on his terrorist credentials leads to the next topic.

Not only are the specifics of their supposed past histories being questioned, but a very interesting question is coming from many - If these individuals are openly admitting having been terrorists (one of them claims more than 200 kills), then why are they not being deported or arrested, and why would the U.S. Air Force Academy invite such criminals to speak?  This is a good question.  Even if they have now “gone straight”, just like any criminal, they should first pay their debt to society before being allowed to live among the rest of us. 

When Shoebat recently spoke at UC Davis, the Sacramento Valley chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) “called on campus police at the University of California - Davis (UC Davis) to detain a speaker who openly states that he has committed acts of terror.”

“The question is if the three were actually terrorists then why they weren’t jailed or deported? Robert Birach, an immigration law attorney in Detroit, says the men would have had to have disclosed their affiliation with the PLO on their applications to become U.S. citizens if what they claim is true. “Failure to list the affiliation on the citizenship application is enough to go back and open the file and charge them with fraud and perjury,” Birach said. “And now they are admitting to being former terrorists. So under the Real ID Act, that’s enough for their removal from the United States.”  Abdus Sattar Ghazali 

A NY Times article - Speakers at Academy Said to Make False Claims  notes that “Arab-American civil rights organizations question why, at a time when the United States government has vigorously moved to jail or at least deport anyone with a known terrorist connection, the three men, if they are telling the truth, are allowed to circulate freely. A spokesman for the F.B.I. said there were no warrants for their arrest.”

Canada certainly has some questions about this issue as it denied Shoebat entry into the country because of his supposed past terrorist activities

Liddy guest Walid Shoebat falsely claimed that Obama is “definitely a Muslim”.

Shoebat told a Missouri newspaper that he sees “many parallels between the Antichrist and Islam” and “Islam is not the religion of God — Islam is the devil.”

Chris Hedges notes Shoebat, who has written a book called “Why We Want to Kill You,” promises in his lectures to explain the numerous similarities between radical Muslims and the Nazis, how “Muslim terrorists” invaded America 30 years ago and how “perseverance, recruitment and hate” have fueled attacks by Muslims.

Kamal Saleem is no more trustworthy.  As Doug Howard noted in a review of Saleem’s book The Blood of the LambsThe signature of his deception was his statement that “in my family was the Grand Wazir of Islam.” The term is ridiculous, a spurious title meant to mislead the innocent with an aura of authority.”  Howard goes into a great deal of detail about the book and Saleem’s claims, but this is enough to tarnish his truth telling credentials.

I’m not certain that their original villages would want them back, but we don’t need them here.

UPDATE 12/27/2010

Shoebat has insinuated himself into the Cordoba House/Park 51 controversy.  He falsely claims that Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf wrote of a “Judenrein” Israel.  He also made false claims about Imam Abdul Rauf saying one thing in English and another in Arabic.

Chip Berlet reports that The official Fort Hood anniversary memorial event was held on November 5, 2010.  The upcoming competing event is titled “Reclaiming America at Fort Hood,” and one website promoting the event states “America had enough of diversity, liberalism, appeasement, and silence. Diversity starts with the truth.” According to advertisements, the event will take place November 21st 2010 at the Killeen, Texas Conference Center. The event is being organized by the Forum For Middle East Understanding. Among the key speakers announced are Robert Spencer, Walid Shoebat, retired General William Boykin, and Kamal Saleem.    On Shoebat’s website the event is described as “About Honor over Dishonor, Truth over Lies, and Facts over Self Delusion.” It goes on to state that a “primary sponsor of the event is the ICTOA (International Counter Terrorism Officers Association). 

These idiots just can’t resist a chance to make a dollar off the misery of others.

Chip Berlet also reports that Shoebat spoke at an anti-terrorism training in Las Vegas

“Kill them…including the children.”

That’s how to solve the threat of militant Muslims?  This quote is from what one official involved in homeland security said was the theme of a speech by Walid Shoebat at an anti-terrorism training in Las Vegas in October 2010.

Our source had turned around after Shoebat’s speech and asked the woman in the chair behind them at the conference what she thought was the solution offered by Shoebat.

“Kill them…including the children…you heard him,” was the full response.  Shoebat’s Las Vegas speech was described by our source as “frightening.”

UPDATE 3/17/2011

Missouri has joined the rash of states proposing anti-Sharia legislation, and of course at least one of the village idiots had to show up at the Missouri House of Representatives - by telephone - to testify to a legislative committee on behalf of passing the bill.  In this case it was Kamal Saleem. 

“Freedom of speech, pursuit of happiness, freedom of thought — these are illegal in Islam because they are death. Those who practice those things, they are commanded to die by the sword of Islam because they are anti-Sharia law,” Saleem said. “In Islam, you cannot think or have your own freedom.”  AP

Rudy Keller reports that Missouri State Rep. Don Wells, R-Cabool, said his measure, which has more than 100 co-sponsors, is like a vaccine.  “Did you get a polio vaccine?” Wells asked during an exchange with Rep. Jason Kander, D-Kansas City.  “So Shariah law is like polio; it is a terminal disease?” Kander asked.  “Absolutely,” Wells said.

Obviously Wells has been listening carefully to the Islamophobes.

UPDATE 6/20/2011

Shoebat just can’t restrain himself from getting involved in every Islamophobic conspiracy theory out there.  He has inserted his own special take on the Anthony Weiner/ Huma Abedin marriage.

UPDATE 7/14/2011

CNN’s Anderson Cooper has aired Part I of a two part series which debunks Walid Shoebat’s message and credentials.  The first segment was titled “Terror training fraud?”.  They investigated many of his claims and found no evidence that they are true.

CNN has now broadcast the second part of its investigation into into Walid Shoebat this time focusing on Shoebat’s finances and accountability.  Richard Bartholomew discusses this segment here.

UPDATE 3/30/2012

Richard Bartholomew reports that Kamal Saleem is now pushing a “defaced dollar bill Muslim conspiracy”.  On Rick Joyner’s television program Saleem referred to a dollar bill that had supposedly been stamped with the words “No God but Allah” and said that this was part of an effort of Muslim-Americans to usher in an Islamic theocracy, and that Muslims are replacing the words “In God We Trust” on the dollar with “In Allah We Trust”.

As Bartholomew notes Saleem’s claim that Muslims are defacing dollar bills to “establish shariah” appears to amount to “someone somewhere about a year ago defaced one dollar bill with a Muslim message, for reasons that remain undetermined”. And, curiously, the sole example went online after “Janice” just happened to sit down at a table opposite someone who felt strongly enough to publicise it as evidence of a Muslim “war” against America.

Tim Murphy at Mother Jones reports that Ex-jihadist Kamal Saleem tells tales of palling around with Arafat, Qaddafi, and Saddam. But his story has some big holes in it.  He notes yet another claim by Saleem that doesn’t stand up to scrutiny Saleem claims that the Muslim Brotherhood has put a $25 million bounty on his head, and that there have been attempts to earn it: After a 2007 event in Chino Hills, California, he writes in his book, he returned to his Holiday Inn to find his room ransacked and a band of dangerous Middle Easterners on his trail. Saleem describes calling the police to alert them to an assassination attempt. Local law enforcement, however, has no record of any such incident.

UPDATE 5/3/2012

In February,  in Allegan, Michigan, a speech that Kamal Saleem was supposed to give was shut down by the local police department.  Of course, Islamophobes, like Pamela Geller were outraged.  Geller said://

“Apparently the mere threat of offended Muslims is enough for a Police Chief and his fascist goon squad to evacuate hundreds of attendees and the speaker of a lecture addressing sharia.  Blasphemy laws being enforced right here, America, in the good ole’ U.S. of A.

The chief of police should be sued, the police department should be sued, and so should anyone else who had a hand in violating the freedom of speech we are guaranteed under the first amendment.  This fear of Islamic violence is un-American. This submission, caving into Islamic threats, is a violation of our first amendment rights. It’s fascism. This is war on our freedoms. Are you going to join us and fight?

And, in the last few days, the Thomas More Law Center has done just what Geller called for and filed a lawsuit. 

Richard Bartholomew reports on this in an article Hypocrisy from Thomas More Legal Center on Kamal Saleem and Free Speech.    Bartholomew notes

From Wood TV, 27 January:

ALLEGAN, Mich. (WOOD) – Rep. Dave Agema told 24 Hour News 8 he thinks Allegan’s police chief overreacted when he shut down an event the representative and a self-proclaimed former terrorist were both speaking at.

Allegan City Police Chief Rick Hoyer told 24 Hour News 8, he didn’t find out there was a bounty on the head of Kamal Saleem, until his speech at Allegan High School was already underway.

…Hoyer said Commissioner [Willis] Sage actually walked up to one of his officers during the event and told him that Saleem had a $25 million dollar bounty. That officer, a sergeant on the force, checked out the information with Saleem’s body guard. When the armed body guard confirmed it, telling police that Islamic terrorists who follow the teaching of the Quran that have been directed to behead Saleem, that’s when Hoyer said they took action.

Hoyer perhaps did misjudge the situation – but he found himself himself having to make a immediate decision on a matter of public safety based on information given to him at the last moment. It appears that Saleem was a victim of his own self-publicity;  the obvious question is why, if the “$25 million” bounty really exists, Saleem is not under round-the-clock police guard, in the same way that Salman Rushdie was for many years.

The Thomas More Legal Center has now put its own spin on the event in Allegan, as it announces a lawsuit:

Amid shouts of “What about free speech?” from the audience, the Allegan Police Department ordered the event shut-down.   School officials notified police that they had received a letter complaining about the event from Dawud Walid, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI).   The letter asked the school to disallow the event despite an existing contract.  CAIR was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism funding trial in U. S. history, U.S. v. Holy Land Foundation.

…TMLC’s federal lawsuit was brought on behalf of State Representative David Agema; a chapter leader of ACT! for America, Elizabeth Griffin; Allegan County Commissioner, Willis Sage; and Mark Gurley, one of the event sponsors.

In fact, the TMLC’s lawsuit stinks of bad faith – and here’s why:

193. Defendants’ pretextual claim that the free speech event needed to be shut down subverts the true cause for the closing of the free speech event: complying with the demands of  hecklers, evidenced by the letter of Defendants CAIR, People For the American Way, Walid, and Keegan, and valuing the heckler’s veto over Constitutional freedoms of Plaintiffs.

…225. Defendants CAIR, [Dawud] Walid, People For the American Way, and [Michael] Keegan intentionally interfered with the Contract by sending a letter to Defendant [Kevin] Harness requesting  that the School District breach its Contract with Plaintiffs. 

226. Defendants CAIR, Walid, People For the American Way, and Keegan improperly interfered with the Contract.

First, there is no evidence that Hoyer acted on any “letter” that was sent to the School District – why would he? And if so, why would he have allowed the event to get underway in the first place? But more substantively, the TMLC is seeking to punish groups and individuals for daring to contact the School District with their concerns about Saleem. Neither CAIR nor PFAW had any decision-making power over whether the event went ahead – the only reason they are included in the lawsuit is because TMLC wishes to suppress free speech while pretending to uphold it. It’s a SLAPP, and utter humbug.

In fact, there are very good public interest reasons for interested parties and concerned individuals to have contacted the School District – and PFAW’s liberal political perspective or troubling allegations about some of CAIR’s associations are irrelevant. Saleem presents himself as an ex-terrorist turned Christian whistleblower, when in fact his back-story is extremely dubious, and his claim to be an expert on Islam cannot be taken seriously. A couple of weeks ago, for instance, he spoke a Christian Right/conservative conflab called The Awakening 2012; as Right Wing Watch has documented, he used the occasion (standing alongside Frank Gaffney) to allege that when Obama appears to pledge allegiance to the flag, he holds his hand in a special way which shows that in reality he is praying to Allah. Saleem also stated that Roe vs Wade was part of a plot to establish shariah, and that plans to reform immigration law involves “sending money to Hamas” in order to import Muslims, with the result “this world will become past tense and one day we’ll be wearing ragheads”. Such claims speak for themselves – and demonstrate that Saleem’s presence degrades the dignity any educational setting.


The City of Allegan, meanwhile, has issued a statement, as reported by MLive:

Attorney Scott Smith, representing Allegan, said in a statement that the city has not been served with the lawsuit, but he reviewed it this morning. It names the city, police chief, police officers, school officials and two advocacy groups as defendants.

…”This lawsuit is disappointing in many ways,” Smith wrote. “It is based on conjecture, logical fallacies, and, more disappointingly, factual inaccuracies. The plaintiffs did not even spell one of the defendants’ names correctly. It is disappointing that the lawsuit wrongly imputes motives to the police officers.”

He said he was disappointed that the lawsuit was filed. He said the city cooperated with Thomas More as it sought information about the Jan. 26 event.

“The City quickly provided the requested information and offered to address any other questions or concerns the Thomas More Law Center or its client might have. But, without any further inquiries or any attempts to address the plaintiffs’ concerns, a lawsuit was filed. If, as seems to be alleged by the complaint, its sole purpose is to ensure the defendants respect First Amendment rights, a lawsuit was unnecessary.”

UPDATE 6/5/2012

Right Wing Watch reports that  Kamal Saleem Says U.S. Generals Pledged to ‘Destroy the United States’ and Obama Will ‘Legalize Terrorism’.  Saleem said From military, infrastructure to the church and synagogues, also to the banking and the education system, and also to pharmaceutical and medical, every level that there is that they were going to go ahead and penetrate and so far they were able to penetrate every level. Unfortunately, this government has not stopped them from advancing forward, but helped them advance forward to overcome many things. Now there are many generals who swore to destroy the United States of America are generals in the United States.”

UPDATE 11/1/2012

Right Wing Watch reports Saleem Warns of Islamic ‘Shadow Government’ Controlling America through Obama’s Babysitter.  They note that

During a speech at Rick Joyner’s MorningStar Ministry, phony ex-terrorist and Values Voter Summit headliner Kamal Saleem said that the Obama administration has established a stealth Islamic “shadow government” to control the United States. Saleem repeated many of usual claims in his address, including his belief that Hillary Clinton is planning to shut down churches and that even U.S. military leaders are working on the behalf of radical Islamists, but now he contends that “Islam is creeping into our government and a shadow government has been established by our current government and now they are a leader within.”

Saleem alleged that Obama’s top speech writer and Sasha and Malia’s babysitter are both Islamic fundamentalists that are wielding secret power. “The right-hand of our President today, his name is Hasan Rashad, and he is sworn to destroy the United States of America,” Saleem said (possibly referring to OIC representative Rashad Hussain), “our President’s babysitter wears abaya and keffiyeh just like those ninjas, you don’t see her face everything is covered, that’s the babysitter of his children.”

“America, wake up and smell the hummus,” Saleem warned. He then falsely asserted that the Democratic National Convention invited “20,000 Muslims” and said the convention was filled with “socialism, Islamism, communism, fascism, homosexuality and lesbianism, and Code Pink, which is abortionists and what so have you, and now we kick God out of our nation.”

...  He also described to listeners his prophesy where two eagles were screaming at each other, which he said it means that: “the Lord said America is in trouble and the Church has cried, and I’ve heard their cry and tell them, help is on the way.” But God also told him “9/11 was a disgrace to me, after I saved the nation they turned their back on me and went back to their vomit,” and it is now up to Saleem to spread this message to America.


700 Club Features Story Of Phony Ex-Terrorist Kamal Saleem
Air Force Grants Equal Time to Critics of ‘Ex-Terrorists’
Anti-Islam Air Force Academy Speaker a ‘Fraud’
Fanatics Defame Murdered U.S. Soldiers, Chip Berlet
Brigitte Gabriel and ACT for America, Sheila Musaji
History of Obsession: Radical Islam’s War With the West, Sheila Musaji
Islam-Bashing Bigots Train Counterterrorism Agents, Chip Berlet
Islamic Sharia and Jewish Halakha Arbitration Courts , Sheila Musaji
Mixed Message: The testimony of Kamal Saleem, a self-described former terrorist, Doug Howard
The Palestinian Terrorist Turned Zionist
A Palestinian Zionist and the End of the World
Kamal Saleem, the Fraud!,
Kamal Saleem’s Fanciful Conversion Figures
Shoebat says we need to choose war ‘We Need to Choose War!’
Saleem:  I Was a Terrorist…Seriously!, Tim Murphy
Shoebat omits instances of kindness
The Three Stooges Coming to a Campus Near You!
USAF Pays Fake “Terrorism Experts” Speakers To Bash Islam ?
War against tolerance, Chris Hedges
Weekend of Anti-Islam Events in Texas, Richard Bartholomew
What Does the F.B.I. Know About Islam?, Amy Davidson
What everyone “knows” about Islam and Muslims, Sheila Musaji
White House intervened to block notorious Islamophobes addressing security conference
Why Zionists promote anti-Muslim law enforcement trainings, Alex Kane
Writers Cited in Breivik Manifesto Have Spoken at US Military Colleges as Anti-Terrorism Experts. Chris Rodda
Where is the U.S. Government Getting It’s Information on Islam and Muslims?, Sheila Musaji (includes lengthy article collection)
Would three former terrorists be invited by the U.S. Air Force Academy to speak?
Your Taxes Fund Anti-Muslim Hatred, Chris Hedges


The Islamophobic Industrial Complex: What are the Quasi Muslims Really Selling? ( Nonie Darwish, Brigitte Gabriel et al )  “A grave consequence of legitimizing these polarizing and obscurantist personalities is that it takes away from the scholars, academics, and lay people that are engaged in real reform and criticism. Voices such as those of Tariq Ramadan, Khaled Abu Fadl, Heba Ezzat, Suhaib Webb and others are voices that have a pulse on the Muslim community and are much more deserving of a hearing from the wider public.”

Islamophobia and self-hating Arabs

Trends and Flaws in Some Anti-Muslim Writing as Exemplified by Ibn Warraq

Ed Husain: The ‘Islamist’ bogeyman

A Muslim Response to Dennis Prager’s Five Questions

Wafa Sultan’s Lost opportunity

Wafa Sultan: Reformist or Opportunist?

Many responses to the claims of particular individuals and organizations


originally posted 2/19/2008