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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

January 25, 2021 5:48 am

The Hijab Doesn’t Represent All Muslim Women

Several years ago, an art dealer friend had a Renoir painting available for sale, a portrait of a young woman in half-profile, dressed in a...

December 16, 2020 6:50 am

Reforming EU Imam Training Is Easier Said Than Done

Europe has an Islamism problem. This has long been evident in the dozens of Islamist terrorist attacks across the continent for nearly 20 years. But the latest...

November 5, 2020 6:28 am

Blaming the Victim: Theo van Gogh, Charlie Hebdo, the Media and End of Free Speech

As I write, on November 2, 2020, it is 16 years to the day since Dutch-Moroccan jihadist Mohammed Bouyeri, dressed in a djellaba and carrying...

October 21, 2020 6:01 am

Play Glamorizing ISIS Member Epitomizes ‘Jihadi Cool’

On a September night in 2015, Laura Hansen left her home in Leidschendam, the Netherlands, with her husband and two children, setting out on the...

September 29, 2020 5:14 am

Protecting Religious Freedom in the Middle East

It started with his father. As fighting and instability ravaged Iraqi villages and cities, a local Shiite militia offered a means for him to save his...

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...


‘Unorthodox’ Star Shira Haas Shares Throwback Purim Photo From Childhood

Israeli actress Shira Haas shared with her Instagram followers on Thursday a photo...

Genesis Prize Foundation to Honor Life and Legacy of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks - The Genesis Prize Foundation announced plans to honor the late prominent...


Israeli Locust Slayers Train Ethiopians to Save Crops - Some call it a plague. Yoav Motro calls it a war. The enemies are the huge armies of desert...

An Israeli Soldier Gives His All for Lonely Senior Citizens - “Between 11th and 12th grade, after a tough fencing session, I saw a television report about all these...

Why the UAE Wants Israeli Help to Secure Its Food Supplies - Food security is emerging as a key area in which the United Arab Emirates is eager for Israeli...


Israel Says Initial Assessment Is Iran Behind Explosion on Israeli-Owned Sh...

Israeli defense minister Benny Gantz said on Saturday his "initial assessment" was that Iran was responsible for an explosion on...

Middle East

Palestinians Shut West Bank Schools to Contain Coronavirus Variants

Schools in the West Bank will shut down for 12 days in an effort to stop a sharp rise in coronavirus variant infections, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh said on...

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