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Kent State professor says pro-Israel profs help murder Palestinians

By Dan Pompili | Staff Writer Published: August 5, 2014 4:00 AM
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A Kent State University professor with a history of controversy is at it again.

Associate professor of history Julio Pino posted an inflammatory open letter on an academic website on Saturday, charging pro-Israel academics with complicity in the deaths of Palestinians in Gaza.

"Dear academic friends of Israel: I hold you directly responsible for the murder of over 1,400 Palestinian children, women and elderly civilians over the past month," Pino, a Muslim, wrote on the academic site History News Network. "This is not symbolic or even legally justified homicide on your part but actual, cold-blooded, calculated killing, for which you are culpable."

Pino wrote that his colleagues virtually fired the weapons that killed more than 1,400 Palestinians in recent weeks.

"Your names are scrawled on every bullet fired, bomb dropped, body buried and burnt forehead in Gaza. May your names become a curse word on the lips of every justice-loving person on earth, along with 'Obama' and 'Netanyahu'."

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He went on to compare modern Israel to Nazi Germany.

"You have chosen to openly work for and brag about academic collaboration with a regime that is the spiritual heir to Nazism," Pino wrote.

He closed the letter with a promise to continue his support of the Palestinian cause. The Cuban native and professor of Latin American history finished with two salutations: "Hasta la victoria siempre!" and "Jihad until victory!"

While the Spanish phrase means "ever onward to victory," "Jihad" is an Arabic word meaning "struggle" that has become synonymous for some with Islamic holy war and terrorism.

Pino said Monday that the phrase "Jihad until victory" should not be seen as sympathetic to Islamist terrorism.

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"If you take jihad as Muslims understand it, which is every kind of struggle, not just military struggle, then you can see what I was doing is urging people to do whatever they can to stop this genocide," he said. "Support medical aid to Gaza, write letters, whatever is available to people to stop the slaughter."

The university has typically distanced itself from Pino's comments, although KSU officials have defended his right to academic freedom and his constitutional rights to free speech. In a brief statement Monday, KSU decried Pino's letter without mentioning him specifically.

"We condemn the professor's statement as reprehensible and irresponsible," the university said in the statement. "At Kent State, we value collegiality and mutual respect. Assailing the public with broad statements of culpability violates these principles."

University spokesman Eric Mansfield said KSU had no additional comment beyond the statement.

Pino said he was active in Palestinian solidarity as a student at UCLA and converted to Islam in 2000.

In 2007, Pino was accused by a conservative blogger of having authored anti-American posts on a jihadist website, and KSU came under fire for employing him. A university investigation found that no campus computers or servers were used to make the posts.

In 2009, Pino apparently was investigated by the Secret Service for other allegedly making comments made on a similar website.

For now, Pino said he hasn't received KSU's statement or heard anything from university administrators.

"I respect their right to repudiate what I said, in the same way that Kent State has always respected my right to express my opinion as an individual," he said.

Pino's entire letter can be viewed at http://hnn.us/article/156524.

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AndreK Aug 10, 2014 9:17 PM

Too bad there aren't more like professor Pino rather than the week minded cowards that infest American universaties today. The colonization project that calls itself "Israel" is a global cancer that needs to be eradicated once and for all. Those that supports this terrorist regime are no better than those that supported the Nazis, which by the way mamy Zionist did support. If you support the fabricated regime of "Israel" than you also support sixty six years of ethnic cleansing, land theft, murder, rape, child abuse, torture, imprisonment without charges or trial and genocide as we see in Gaza today. America and our universaties are just as occupied as Palestine, the only difference is that Americans are blind to it. #FreePalestine and #FreeAmerica

whizzard Aug 9, 2014 8:42 AM

In this one quote "This is not symbolic or even legally justified homicide on your part but actual, cold-blooded, calculated killing, for which you are culpable.", he described the Palestinians mission to the T and what the Palestinians have been doing all along.  It is what Hamas (and it wouldn't suprise me if this professor was a member) has been doing to the Israli's all along.

What he is saying is only Hamas and the Palestinians are allowed to kill, murder, maime, torture and molest people who are not them.  Nice work Prof.

Martin Fleming

whizzard Aug 9, 2014 8:38 AM

If the university president can't terminate this Professor, then we need to start looking for a new president of the university for they are not look out for students. 

The professor should have been put on adminstrative leave while his terminiation papers are being drawn up.

At the moment, he is a protected terrorsts and it now makes me curious as to how many terrorists plots he helped devise that may have even killed students who attented his classes.  This man is extremely dentrimental to the safe, secure and wholesome operation of a state univeristy owned by the citizens. 

*** this guy even a citiizen of the U.S. or is he on a green card.

If we can't get rid of him, then let's get a new president and a new board of trustees.  They should be ashamed of themselves for letting a terrorist like this exist on our soil.

They are losing a great amount of credibility with the public on the issue of this professor and they aren't smart enough to see that.

Martin Fleming

childofgod Aug 5, 2014 11:21 AM

"Hypocrisy and double standards" is what we are seeing. I agree with the statements made below.

anonymous Aug 5, 2014 10:43 AM

This is just further proof that our colleges and Universities are not interested in educating our children. They are just interested in pewing forth their bias in the hopes of swaying our young minds into the stagmire of their hatedred. This guy has no business on any university, He is nothing but a brainwashed confused man posing as a professor. He is the reason that "Diversigy" is not a good thing in our education system. 

redleg6 Aug 5, 2014 8:13 AM

*** the Prof a U.S. citizen?

The big question, why is this Jihadist/Racist on the Kent State University payroll?

Who hired this guy? Why?

Get rid of the Prof and the persons that hired him.

ramela is correct, why the double standard.

ramela Aug 5, 2014 7:09 AM

Let me get this straight. KSU will defend this terrorist proessor's right to free speach, but the KSU wrestler gets thrown under the bus??  SMH (shaking my head) That's a liberal administration for you. Hypocrisy and double standards.