Months Later, Controversial “Death to Israel” Professor Still Hasn’t Been Disciplined By University


Almost one year after Kent State professor Julio Pino shouted “Death to Israel!” at a public lecture by a former Israeli diplomat, people are beginning to question why no disciplinary action has been taken against him by the university.

Pino, who has been a controversial figure on campus for years, disrupted a lecture in October of 2011 by demanding that Ishmael Khaldi, the first Muslim diplomat in the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, answer how his country justified giving relief aid to Haiti and Turkey, which Pino characterized as “blood money.”

According to witnesses, before shouting his anti-Semitic remarks, Pino distributed anti-Israel fliers in the back of the conference room.

That incident did not seem surprising to students and other faculty attending the lecture, as Pino’s “outspoken” support of Islamic terrorism throughout the years seems to be well-documented.

In 2007, Pino was a columnist for the now-defunct pro-terrorism weblog Global War, which billed itself as a “jihadist news service,” providing “battle dispatches, training manuals, and jihad videos to our [Muslim] brothers worldwide.” In one column, Pino praised the actions of a female suicide bomber who killed 41 Shi’a Muslims, writing that she “lies on the Golden Couch of Paradise” for “[eliminating] Shia traitors.”

According to the Ravenna Record-Courier, former Kent State University History Department chairman Dr. John Jameson was aware of Pino’s contributions to the jihad blog. Jameson was removed as History Department chairman in 2007 because he approved an all-expenses-paid, six-week professional leave to the United Arab Emirates to “learn Arabic” — without gaining prior approval from the Dean’s Office.

Pino also wrote an e-mail to conservative columnist Mike S. Adams, in which he said, “The Muslim is commanded in the Quran to ‘fight oppression and overcome tribulation, until all religion is for Allah.’ This is the true meaning of jihad; daily struggle, in every manner prescribed by Allah and His Messenger. […] The martyr has no time for peace … [T]he greatest of all epics is martyrdom. ‘Laa ‘ilaaha ‘illallahu (There is none worthy of worship but Allah) must be on his dying lips that he may enter Paradise. Not by chance did Mohammed Atta’s ‘Instructions for the Final Night’ counsel him [sic] make these his last words before crashing into the World Trade Center. Amen.”

In 2009, the United States Secret Service searched Pino’s home in connection with an “ongoing investigation.” Pino later told the Daily Kent Stater that he “spoke out to clear up their minds of all these false allegations and accusations against me, but the whole matter was ultimately settled professionally, and it is closed.”

Pino allegedly sent an unsolicited e-mail to his fellow professors suggesting that the White House would need “more coffins,” sparking the Secret Service investigation.

In another e-mail, dated July 30, 2010, Pino wrote to Adams regarding the recent deaths of 66 NATO soldiers in Afghanistan, saying “sorry about the loss of your 66 dogs; maybe the c***s [sic] should have stayed at home.”

Supporters of Pino characterize his outbursts over the years as speech protected under the First Amendment, but some of Pino’s colleagues wonder if Pino’s pedagogy is more akin to hate speech.

KSU Professor of English Lewis Fried told KentWired.com reporter Courtney Kerrigan that “when you identify yourself as a professor and advocate the killing of other people, you have crossed the line.”

Shortly after the 2011 incident, Kent State University President Lester Lefton slammed Pino’s conduct, saying his calls for genocide were “deeply troubling,” “deplorable” and a “grotesque failure” of Pino’s responsibility to serve as a role model for students.

Pino defended his actions to Inside Higher Education magazine, writing that “the only politics I have are ‘there is no God but God, and Mohammed is His Messenger.’”

However, on his Facebook page, Pino writes in support of Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez, noting that “to be an urban guerilla [sic] means to launch an offensive against imperialism. The Red Army Faction is striking the connection between the legal and illegal resistance; between national and international resistance; between national and international struggle; between the strategic and tactical requirements of the international communist movement.”

The Facebook note features a picture of a female Maoist soldier dressed in Unified Communist Party of Nepal military garb dating to that country’s civil war, from 1996 through 2006. In that conflict, Maoists attempted to overthrown the monarchy, but settled in 2006 for a partial nationalization of state resources, among other concessions made by the government.

In another Facebook note, he writes that “there is a Communism which is dangerous and a Communism that is not dangerous. Comrades, let us dare to make Communism dangerous again!” This post is titled “Bandeira Rossa,” which is the name of a popular Italian labor movement anthem, and features a photo of Pakistanis burning the American flag.

Sara Kilpatrick, executive director of the Ohio Conference of the American Association of University Professors, declined to comment on whether she supported national director Cary Nelson’s remarks that Pino’s calls for genocide were more akin to academic discourse than hate speech.

Colleen Casey, Kent State University Chapter Coordinator for the AAUP, refused to answer any questions about Pino, saying that the chapter had “no comment.”

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