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Abigail R. Esman, the author, most recently, of Radical State: How Jihad Is Winning Over Democracy in the West (Praeger, 2010), is a freelance writer based in New York and the Netherlands.

ARTICLES BY: Abigail R. Esman

June 5, 2020 8:54 am

Is Ignorance About the Holocaust Connected to Soaring Antisemitism?

According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), antisemitism in America has reached its highest level since 1979, when the ADL first started keeping count. Worldwide, too,...

May 14, 2020 7:33 am

Islamic Terrorists Target Europe — and Jews

Coronavirus isn't the only threat Europe is now facing. On Friday, police in Spain arrested a Moroccan man on suspicion he was planning a terrorist...

May 5, 2020 7:50 am

Muslim LGBT ‘Allies’ Silent as Muslim Attacks on Gays Increase

There's a new slur trending in Turkey these days aimed at the LGBTQ population: "#YallahHollandaya" or "Go to Holland." The expression reflects the Netherlands' longstanding...

April 30, 2020 7:14 am

Coronavirus Lockdowns Haven’t Slowed Jihadists

Paris is burning. Again. Riots recently broke out in the city's banlieues -- the working class, largely immigrant areas known for their high crime rates, where...

April 2, 2020 7:36 am

How Middle Eastern Extremist Groups Use Europe as Their Battleground

Think of the Dutch city of Delft, and likely you think of Delftware, that famous blue-and-white pottery that is a hallmark of the Netherlands. Or...

March 12, 2020 10:14 am

Findings on ISIS Refugees Further Complicate Europe’s Dilemma

It's the question that has consumed governments and counterterrorism officials since the Islamic State first took hold: what to do with the foreign ISIS fighters...

February 5, 2020 8:24 am

The Anti-Islamist Muslim Challenging Ilhan Omar

All that journalist Dalia al-Aqidi was asking for was a brief interview, one-on-one, to air on a TV station in the Middle East. She was,...

January 3, 2020 9:28 am

Is Europe Facing Another Decade of Jihad?

For most of Europe, the end of 2019 marked the close of a decade of jihad, of terrorist attacks in the streets, of bombers, shooters,...

November 28, 2019 8:32 am

Dutch Court Case Reignites Europe’s Focus on ISIS Children

He is a handsome boy, about 9 or 10 years old, with large, pale green eyes and dark hair. He speaks softly, conversing with a...

October 28, 2019 6:52 am

Neutral Switzerland’s Growing Islamist and Jihadist Challenge

"Respect your wives," admonished the imam of the Dar Assalam mosque. "You have rights over them and they over you." But, he quickly added, women...

May 15, 2019 6:54 am

The Dutch Struggle to Rein In State-Funded Salafist School

There are two Islamic middle schools in the Netherlands. And one of them has terror ties. This, at least, was the conclusion of the Dutch intelligence...

May 8, 2019 5:47 am

Muslim Antisemitism Increases the Threat to European Jews

In a part of Amsterdam where Syrian refugees have shattered the windows of a kosher restaurant, men leaving synagogue remind each other to remove their...

May 1, 2019 11:52 am

Amidst a Devastating War, Child Marriage in Yemen Has Become a Means of Survival

There was no more money. There was only bread and tea for weeks. There was so much hunger, and so many children. And so the couple...

March 4, 2019 7:49 am

The Lull in Terrorism Masks a Deepening Jihadist Threat

It's been a relatively quiet year for jihadists in the West. This, combined with the military fall of the Islamic State, has led politicians and...


Young Global Jewry at Forefront of Fight Against COVID-19

Masa Israel Journey, a leader in immersive international experiences in Israel founded by the Jewish Agency and government of Israel,...

Checking in on COVID-19 and Jewish Seniors - As America’s battle with the novel coronavirus has raged on, America’s Jewish community has suffered its share of...

Celebrating the Banai Family and the History of Israel in Jerusalem - Museums are in crisis all over the world due to the...


Group Representing Jews From Middle East and North Africa Slams California&...

A group representing Jews from the Middle East and North Africa criticized California’s new proposed ethnic studies curriculum for failing...


Israeli Finance Ministry: It Could Take Five Years to Recover From Economic...

Israel’s Ministry of Finance threw cold water on the possibility of a rapid economic recovery on Sunday, with the publication...

Middle East

Iran Says It Has Detained US-Based Opposition Leader Over 2008 Bomb Attack

Iran said on Saturday its intelligence services have detained a US-based leader of a pro-monarchist group whom it accused of being behind a deadly 2008 bombing and of plotting other...

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