• Kent State University
    Kent State University
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    Muslim Brotherhood / Affiliates
    Muslim Brotherhood / Affiliates
    Racial prejudice
    Racial prejudice
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Julio Cesar Pino is a Cuban-born convert to Islam who promotes anti-American, anti-Israel and anti-Semitic ideas. He, for example, posted on Facebook that “Sheik Osama (May Allah be Pleased with Him) was the greatest, and deserve (sic) praise for kicking off this jihad,”[1] and “I come to bury D.C., not to praise it.”[2]

As of January 2016, Pino was reportedly under FBI investigation for supporting ISIS, and allegedly trying to recruit students to join the group. The FBI announced that a joint terrorism task force had been investigating Pino for a year and a half before their report was made public.[3] Pino has also been accused of running the now defunct website “Global War,” which called itself a “jihadist news service.” The blog regularly called for the death and mass murder of Jews and American soldiers, provided readers with detailed bomb-making instructions and declared support for al Qaeda and the Taliban. When asked about the site, Pino only responded by saying “the Web site is not the issue – freedom of speech is the issue.”[4]

In 2002 Pino wrote an op-ed wherein he praised 18-year old female Arab suicide bomber Ayat al-Akhras, who blew herself up in a Jerusalem supermarket, killing two people. The column was entitled “Singing Out Prayer for a Youth Martyr,” in which he wrote that al-Akhras “died a martyr’s death… in occupied Jerusalem, Palestine,” and that she was courageous and a “shining star.”[5]

At a 2011 lecture at KSU featuring Ishmael Khaldi, the first Bedouin diplomat in Israel’s Foreign Ministry, Pino announced that “Israeli humanitarian aid was funded by blood money gained from the deaths of Palestinian children.” Following the exchange, Pino left the auditorium while yelling “death to Israel.”[6]

In August 2014, Pino wrote an open letter to “academic friends of Israel” in which he accused the pro-Israel academic community of being “directly responsible for the murder of over 1,400 Palestinian children, women and elderly civilians over the past month,” and that the academics were culpable of “actual, cold-blooded, calculated killing.” He called Israel “a regime that is the spiritual heir to Nazism” and signed the letter “Jihad until victory!”[7] In 2016, when students were interviewed about Pino, it was reported there was “something off” with him, and that he was “racially insensitive on multiple instances,” and that he had referred to one his students as his “philosophy n*****.”[8]

[1] Pino, J. (May 25, 2015). Facebook post. Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5O8-5jVJABkSndhN0NtWnUydlk/view?pli=1

[2] Pino, J. (Feb. 16, 2014). Facebook post. Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5O8-5jVJABkS0loeHR0Y0JaU0E/view

[3] Mills, E. (Jan. 19, 2016). FBI investigating Kent State professor for alleged link to ISIS. KENTWIRED. Retrieved from http://www.kentwired.com/latest_updates/article_b8c2212e-bf07-11e5-addd-3fb2571a8bf2.html

[4] Alberti, K. (March 2, 2007). Professor accused of writing jihad blog. KENTWIRED. Retrieved from http://www.kentwired.com/latest_updates/article_93e29c9b-7d38-5539-83e7-585c69dfac63.html

[5] Stoil, R.A. (Oct. 30, 2011). Kent State President Lambasts Israel Bashing Professor. The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved from http://www.jpost.com/International/Kent-State-president-lambasts-Israel-bashing-professor

[6] Ibid.

[7] Pino, J. (Aug. 2, 2014). Kent State History Professor says “Academic friends of Israel” are “directly responsible for the murder of over 1,400 Palestinian children, women and elderly civilians.” History News Network. Retrieved from http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/156524?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

[8] Moore, P., Flickinger, I. (Jan. 20, 2016). Students, alumni reflect on Pinto’s teaching style. KENTWIRED. Retrieved from http://www.kentwired.com/latest_updates/article_55f83762-bfda-11e5-8d2f-977460c3bc28.html

Most Dangerous Professor | 2017

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American Historical Association; Latin American Studies Association; Midwest Association of Latin American Studies; Urban History Association; Association of third World Studies; Association of the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora

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