Kent State prof still on job despite FBI investigation over ISIS ties


A Kent State University professor is still on the job despite being under investigation by the FBI for possible ties to ISIS. Julio Pino, a history professor, is accused of possibly trying to recruit students to join ISIS, but because no charges have yet been filed, he is still teaching, with Ohio’s taxpayers chipping in for his salary. reports that Pino has a long history of supporting radical Islamic causes and making anti-Israel statements:

Pino came back into the spotlight in 2011 after he interrupted a student event featuring Arab-Israeli diplomat Ishmael Khaldi with shouts of “death to Israel!” Pino stood up in the middle of Khaldi’s presentation and shouted “your government killed people.” He proceeded to call Khaldi a liar before storming out of the room.

A few years later, Pino published an open letter to his Israeli academic peers blaming them for the murder of Palestinian children and called the Israeli government the rightful heir to Nazism. “You have chosen to openly work for and brag about academic collaboration with a regime that is the spiritual heir to Nazism,” Pino wrote in his letter. He concluded the letter with calls for a jihad, saying “hasta la victoria siempre” and “jihad until victory!”

In 2007, the school launched an ongoing investigation after Pino posted on a Jihadist blog. The school concluded its investigation and confirmed Pino’s action were in accord with his First Amendment rights. reports that Kent State officials state they are cooperating with the FBI investigation, but they insist there is no threat to the campus and its students. University officials also state Pino is teaching several courses this semester, and has been a member of the faculty since 1992.

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