Belgium: Why Is a Small Country Producing So Many Jihadists?

Belgian researcher Montasser AlDe’emeh in western Aleppo with Belgian fighters from the al-Nusra Front.

Chantal Lebon last saw her son at a bus stop in Brussels. That was two years ago in October “at exactly 10:25 p.m.,” she says. Abdel had driven his mother there in a car, stopped in a parking spot and lifted her suitcase onto the sidewalk.

“Au revoir, maman,” he said. “Au revoir, mon fils,” she replied. It was only months later that she would again see her son’s face — in a YouTube video. It showed him wearing a Palestinian keffiyeh and holding a Kalashnikov. The video was stamped with the flag used by the Islamic State in Syria.

Chantal Lebon is a small, energetic 64-year-old retired nursery school teacher with blue eyes and graying hair. She has come to a café to tell us the story of her son Abdel, the story of a Belgian child who became a radical Islamist fighter at the age of 23. Abdel had nothing to do with the attack plans in Belgium, his mother says. But, she confirms, her son is a jihadist…

…Abdel didn’t grow up in poverty — his father was a teacher — nor did he have any problems in school. But because his father is from Africa, he is dark skinned and his mother said he never really felt like he belonged as a result…


Belgium has loads of Muslims and plenty of other “vibrancy” and it seems that a certain number of jihadis are an inevitable by-product.

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  • Ron MacDonald

    Governed by liberals and progressives.

  • bob e

    always helps to import wall to wall africans .. a big help to
    high tech western civilization. after all, what culture still practices
    human sacrifice & cannibalism .. it’s just soooo diverse ..

  • Most Muslims in Belgium are Moroccans. I’ve been in one of their neighborhoods – they are a very rude and aggressive lot.

    • Censored_often

      Third world barbarians! What does one expect importing the muzzies?

  • Barrington Minge

    Belgium produces sod-all else so I suppose it follows…..

  • tom_billesley

    “.. Belgian child who became a radical Islamist fighter at the age of 23 …”
    Late onset puberty?

  • Censored_often

    I blame the influence and legacy of Jacques Brel, born in Brussels in 1929!