Kent State University professor has resigned from the editorial board of an academic journal following Watchdog’s publication of a letter in which he accused pro-Israel academics of being “directly responsible for the murder of over 1,400 Palestinian children, women and elderly civilians.”
Truth Revolt In an unsolicited Nov. 2 email to Watchdog.org (full text below), associate professor Julio Pino, also known by his Muslim name Assad Jibril Pino, said his fellow editors at Latin American Perspectives have demanded that he apologize and publicly retract his remarks, published in Watchdog’s Aug. 6 and Aug. 13 articles.
In response, Pino attacked the journal and resigned.
“I apologize for not recognizing earlier that there is but one path to liberation – daily blows against the empire,” Pino wrote, adding that he was sorry “for having served on the same editorial board with Yankee stooges and frightened, flinching pussycats.”
Most of his colleagues, he wrote, “study Latin America for the same reason [Adolf] Eichmann learned Hebrew: to better serve a ravenous, rapacious empire – in this case, the Washington-Tel Aviv Axis.”
Pino’s earlier comments – he called for “jihad” and declared Israel “the spiritual heir to Nazism” – have already earned him an unsigned condemnation on the Kent State University website. (You can read the text of the condemnation here.) Pino also claimed that Allah will inflict a “painful punishment” on those who stand with Israel.
When asked in August for further comment on Pino’s open letter, Kent State spokesman Bob Burford told Watchdog, “That is all we have to release at this time.”
In 2002, Pino published a eulogy in the campus paper praising Palestinian terrorist Ayat al-Akras, who murdered two Israelis, Rachel Levy and Chaim Smadar,” and “Pino has been accused of having ties to terrorists and had his home raided in 2009 by the U.S. Secret Service,” according to the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America.
During an Oct. 25, 2011 campus event, featuring Ishmael Khaldi, the first Bedouin to serve in Israel’s Foreign Service, Pino got into a heated exchange with the diplomat that resulted in the history professor storming out of the lecture shouting “Death to Israel!”