The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are investigating Julio Pino, a Kent State associate history professor, for alleged involvement with the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIl.
A joint terrorism task force has been investigating Pino for the last year and a half, said an FBI special agent who did not wish to be named for safety reasons.
“There is no direct threat to the university,” the agent said.
The agent said they interviewed several faculty members and more than 20 of Pino’s students Tuesday about his alleged involvement. He is also being investigated for allegedly recruiting students to join ISIS.
From Jerusalem Post
WASHINGTON – A university in Ohio won kudos from the Anti-Defamation League on Friday for censuring a faculty member who yelled “Death to Israel” during a speech on its campus.
Kent State University President Lester A. Lefton lambasted history professor Julio Pino for heckling Ishmael Khaldi, Israel’s former deputy consul in San Francisco, during a talk on the school’s campus.
Lefton described Pino’s behavior as “reprehensible, and an embarrassment to our university.
Khaldi, the first Beduin to serve in the Foreign Service, finished his speech on Tuesday night, and opened the floor to questions. According to Kentwired, an independent news site at the university, the first question came from Pino, who said that Israeli humanitarian aid was funded by blood money gained from the deaths of Palestinian children.
Khaldi told Pino that his comments were “not respectful to me,” and Pino responded that Khaldi was not respectful to him, and that “your government killed people.”
After the exchange, Pino stormed out of the silent auditorium yelling “Death to Israel.”
As criticism of Pino’s comment spread, Lefton issued an official statement, in which he wrote that “it may have been Prof. Pino’s right to do so, but it is my obligation, as the president of this university, to say that I find his words deplorable, and his behavior deeply troubling.
“We value critical thinking at this university and encourage students to engage with ideas that they find difficult or make them uncomfortable,” Lefton said. “We hope that our faculty will always model how best to combine passion for one’s position with respect for those with whom we disagree. Calling for the destruction of the state from which our guest comes (as do some of our students, faculty and community members) is a grotesque failure to model these values.”
On Friday, the Anti- Defamation League praised the Lefton “for his clear statement condemning the behavior of a professor who interrupted a speech by a guest lecturer, a former Israeli government official, with the cry “Death to Israel!” “We welcome President Lefton’s clear condemnation of Professor Julio Pino’s deplorable conduct,” said Nina Sundell, ADL Ohio Regional Director. “Statements such as ‘Death to Israel’ extend beyond legitimate political discourse. When the statement is shouted by a university professor at a university student organization event on campus, it is even more harmful.”
The National Conference on Jewish Affairs issued a statement.
“We are appalled that such a man should remain in a position of leadership, especially one that molds the minds of young people and our future citizens. Such blood-curdling, inciting rhetoric — calling for the death of an entire people — may be acceptable in certain countries in the Middle East, but is unacceptable here in America,” the organization said in its statement. Read More