Walid Shoebat was born and raised in Bethlehem, Israel by an Arab father and an American mother. His paternal grandfather was an associate of Haj-Ameen Al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, who was an ally of Adolph Hitler, who conspired with the Nazis during the holocaust. Walid grew up a terrorist but when he married a Christian woman, he was challenged to examine the Bible in 1993 and compare it with the Qur'an. That experience made him a convert to Christianity.
Theodore Shoebat is the son of Walid Shoebat, former PLO member and Muslim Brotherhood activist. At age 16, Ted released his first book, In Satan's Footsteps. He grew up in the US and attended public schools. Because of his conservative and religious upbringing, he often struggled with his teachers and fellow students. He personally witnessed Holocaust denial, anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in the schools and his defense of Israel and the Jewish people made him a target of ridicule and mockery.