Skip To Content

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Breaking News

Anti-Israel Ohio Professor Probed Over ‘Ties to ISIS’

A professor at Kent State University with a history of anti-Israel activity is under FBI investigation for ties to the Islamic State.

The FBI confirmed that Professor Julio Pino is being investigated, the Akron Beacon Journal reported Tuesday night.

The Cuban-born Pino, a convert to Islam who is also known as Assad Jibril Pino, has denied connections to the Islamist group.

“I can only imagine, given my past record at Kent State dealing with controversial issues about the Middle East, some people may be favorable or unfavorable. Rumors start, and that’s the only thing I can think would draw attention from a government agency,” Pino told the Akron Beacon.

The FBI has questioned Pino’s colleagues and students, according to the newspaper.

Pino, a tenured history professor, has courted controversy for years, writing an opinion column in 2002 in the Kent State student newspaper in which he praised a Palestinian suicide bomber.

He later wrote letters to the Kent Stater criticizing American policy in the Middle East. In 2009, he was interviewed by the Secret Service about his beliefs.

In 2011, he shouted “Death To Israel” during a lecture at the university by Ishmael Khaldi, the former deputy consul general at the Israeli Consulate in San Francisco.

In a 2014 letter issued to “academic friends of Israel,” he accused the pro-Israel academic community of being “directly responsible for the murder of over 1,400 Palestinian children, women and elderly civilians,” and called Israel “a regime that is the spiritual heir to Nazism.” He signed the open letter “Jihad until victory!”





    Hybrid: Online and at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan

    Oct 2, 2022

    6:30 pm ET · 

    A Sukkah, IMKHA, created by artist Tobi Kahn, for the Marlene Meyerson JCC of Manhattan is an installation consisting of 13 interrelated sculpted painted wooden panels, constituting a single work of art. Join for a panel discussion with Rabbi Joanna Samuels, Chief Executive Director of the Marlene Meyerson JCC of Manhattan, Talya Zax, Innovation Editor of the Forward, and Tobi Kahn, Artist. Moderated by Mattie Kahn.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.