Also, the author, Shoebat, appears to be something of a fraudster, according to his Wikipedia entry:
Shoebat claimed that he threw a bomb at Bank Leumi, an Israeli bank, in Bethlehem. A 2008 Jerusalem Post article raised questions regarding the authenticity of Shoebat’s account, and reported that Bank Leumi had no record of an attack on its Bethlehem branch between 1977 and 1979. In addition Shoebat’s uncle also denied that such an attack took place. Such an incident was also not reported by Israeli news outlets according to Omar Sacirbey’s 2010 Washington Post article.
The Post also reported on Shoebat contradicting himself. In response to Jerusalem Post’s 2008 question whether word of the bombing made the news at the time, he replied
I don’t know. I didn’t read the papers because I was in hiding for the next three days.
However according the same article he had told Britain’s Sunday Telegraph in 2004 that:
I was terribly relieved when I heard on the news later that evening that no one had been hurt or killed by my bomb.
During his telephone interview with the Post, Shoebat was unable to recall the date or time of year of the attack. Shoebat said he was pressured by teachers to adopt an extreme Islamic philosophy, however his uncle, who still lives in Bethlehem, said for the Post that religion did not play a major role in Walid’s education, and that he left Bethlehem by age 16.
The Jerusalem Post states that Shoebat has profited from his story that he was formerly a Muslim terrorist who has rejected Islam for Christianity. When the Post asked Shoebat whether the Walid Shoebat Foundation is a registered charity, he said that it was registered in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania State Attorney’s office said it had no record of such a charity. When asked again, Shoebat claimed it was registered under a different name, but that he was not aware of the Foundation’s registered name, nor any other details, which were known only to his manager. Dr. Joel Fishman of the Allegany County Law Library in Pennsylvania expressed doubts about Walid Shoebat Foundation’s donation process. He noted that if the money were being given to a registered charity, the charity would have to make annual reports to the state and federal government.