Kent State Hate
by FSM: ANTI-SEMITISM WATCH, THE EDITOR
November 2, 2011
Kent State Professor Calls for “Death to Israel”
Kent State University (KSU) gained notoriety after Ohio National Guard members shot dead four students protesting against the U.S. invasion of Cambodia. That event took place on May 4, 1970. For half a decade, Kent State has become linked to radicalism and support for terrorism not via its students, but via a particularly bizarre tenured Associate Professor at the university’s history faculty. His speciality is Brazilian studies, and he has written a book on Brazilian favelas.
Julio César Pino was born in Cuba, and came to the United States in 1968, while still a child. Pino converted to Islam in 2000, adopting the Islamic name of “Assad Jibril Pino.” Mike S. Adams of Townhall.com has been the most ardent journalist to shine a spotlight on Pino’s outrageous behavior. It began with Pino running a weblog called “Global War” (global-war.bloghi.com, nowdefunct) in which he called for jihad, and supported acts of terrorism, including terrorism against Americans. Unhelpfully, in 2007 the University president denied PIno’s involvement in the site, even though Pino had used university web connections and facilities to produce the blog.
Pino has referred to the 19 mass-murderers who carried out the 9/11 attacks as “martyrs.” Last year, using his Kent State email address, Pino emailed Adams to refer to 66 dead Americans in Afghanistan as “dogs” and also referred to them by an anatomical name beginning with “c.”
According to Haaretz, Pino made a further display of his uncontrolled hatred on Tuesday last week. Ishmael Khaldi, a Bedouin Arab in the Israeli foreign service, was visiting KSU. After Khaldi’s lecture, Pino asked him how he and the Israeli government “could justify providing aid to countries like Turkey with blood money that came from the deaths of Palestinian children and babies.”
When Khaldi responded that Pino’s question was disrespectful, Pino claimed that the visiting lecturer was not being respectful to him, and accused Israel of killing people. Pino left the auditorium, calling out “Death to Israel.”
KSU President Lester A. Lefton condemned Pino’s actions as “reprehensible” and “an embarrassment to our university.” The Jerusalem Post reports that Lefton’s statements were praised by the ADL for their clarity. A statement from the National Conference on Jewish Affairs was less equivocal, including the following:
“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 behavior of radical imams has drawn attention from the FBI and law enforcement, and it is a disgrace that Pino should be allowed to influence young minds. Nine years ago, on the KSU campus newspaper, he praised Ayat al-Akhras, a young female Palestinian suicide bomber who murdered two people in an Israeli supermarket. He described her as a “martyr.”
On his Facebook page, Pino has an avatar of Ulrike Meinhof, the leftist German terrorist. He claims that Meinhof inspired him. He lists others who have inspired him, including leftist ideologues, as well as murders, mass-murderers and their supporters such as Maximilien Robespierre, Ayatollah Khomeini, Ayatollah Fadlallah (a guru to Hezbollah who supported murder of Israeli civilians), Assata Shakur, Mao Tsedung and Lin Baio. He also claims to be “inspired” by murderous fictional characters portrayed by Al Pacino: Michael Corleone (Godfather) and Tony Montana (Scarface).
If this were the Facebook page of a young student with no experience of the real world, such provocative choices would be par for the course. But for a lecturer in his early fifties, this is immature grandstanding, a sign of either someone who is seriously abnormal or someone who is trying to impress naïf students.
Allowing open support for terrorism and anti-Semitism on any campus gives the impression that terrorism and Jew-hatred are somehow “legitimate.” Would the university employ a lecturer who called for the “death of Saudi Arabia,” or declared that people who argued for the killing of Muslims were an “inspiration”? While Pino remains as a tenured professor, Kent State University disgraces itself.
Anti-Semitism and the British Left
The left in the United Kingdom has been hijacked by the pro-Palestinian, anti-war movement for so long that for the most part, being a leftist in Britain is almost synonymous with “anti-Zionism” and pro-Islamist viewpoints. In the United Kingdom there is only one UK political blog on the left (Harry's Place) that is opposed to anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, and also opposed to Islamism.
The New Statesman has always been a traditionally leftist magazine. Until last year, under the editorship of Martin Bright (who now writes for the Jewish Chronicle), it was quick to identify and condemn any UK government support for anti-Semitic Islamist groups. More recently, under the editorship of Mehdi Hasan who lacks his predecessor’s journalistic skills, the New Statement’s viewpoint is becoming less distinct. Hasan, a Shia Muslim, gained notoriety for comparing non-Muslims to “cattle.”
However, even in its current incarnation, the New Statesman cannot ignore the blatant anti-Semitism that is almost fashionable in Britain. An article there, by Rob Marchant, is entitled “Anti-Semitism is the New Black,” and shows how members of the trade union movement are freely giving vent to their anti-Jewish feelings. An excerpt:
Oh, how fashionable it is all becoming. A month ago, enfant terrible designer John Galliano was fined over an anti-Semitic tirade at a Paris restaurant. But his drug-addled ramblings were just the latest signs of a wider trend.
But there's a new twist on the ideological catwalk. We can visualise far-right thugs indulging in this kind of thing but somehow we don't expect it from our comrades on the supposedly liberal-left.
Occupy Wall Street: Al-Jazeera and Anti-Semitic Bias
There is no doubt that anti-Semitism has been a feature of some of the “Occupy” protests. Various reports have covered this unpleasant aspect of the protests. But Qatari-based AL-Jazeera will have none of it. Publishing an article on its website entitled: “Occupy protest critics exploit anti-Semitism,” the innate bias of the channel is displayed. Denial of anti-Semitism in the face of evidence, such as happens all too frequently with the Holocaust, is a form of active anti-Semitism, masking itself behind a veneer of “critical inquiry.”
Having a Jewish writer, M. J. Rosenberg, more usually associated with Huffington Post and Media Matters, in no way diminishes the taint of such an article. According to Rosenberg:
“Panicked conservatives are labeling the Occupy protests as 'anti-Semitic' in an attempt to break up the movement.”
An ugly old tradition is back: Exploiting anti-Semitism to break the backs of popular movements that threaten the power of the wealthiest one per cent of our population. It is being used to undermine the Occupy Wall Street movement, which has conservatives in a state of near panic.
There is no panic. Certainly no panic as great as the media panic that accompanied the Tea Party protests last year, which were not engaged in occupying other people’s space. Perhaps if, like those at Zuccotti Square, Muslims had been given their own space, the Tea Party would not have been so disproportionately vilified by America’s liberal media.
Italy: Anti-Semitism on the Rise
The report, titled "Final Document: Investigation on Anti-Semitism," was commissioned by the Committee for the Inquiry into Anti-Semitism of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of the Italian Parliament. The 50-page document is the culmination of more than two years of research and parliamentary hearings.
The inquiry found that nearly half of all Italians say they feel no sympathy whatsoever toward the Jews. There has also been an exponential proliferation of anti-Semitic Internet websites and social networks in Italy. Moreover, the level of hatred against the State of Israel in many cases passes the limits of legitimate criticism of Israeli policies and aims at the destruction of the Jews.
Swiss Muslims Exploit Nazi Labels
On Saturday, Muslims attended a rally in Bern, Switzerland, to counter Islamophobia. Instead of dealing with the issues that they felt constituted “prejudice” against them, the organizers opted for a gimmick that is just – offensive.
They chose to make yellow “badges” like those yellow cloth badges that Jews were forced to wear in Nazi Germany, badges that would later be associated with concentration camps and mass murder. It is a frequent device of Muslim leaders to compare their current “plight” with Jews in Nazi Germany. Sadly, those who try to make such false analogies never choose to condemn the open and legally-sanctioned discriminations against Jews and Christians that exist in Muslim countries such as Saudi Arabia.
Such cheap attempts to garner “sympathy” also ignore the fact that while the Nazis gassed Jews, they also worked with Muslims. Haj Amin al-Husseini, the anti-Semitic Mufti of Jerusalem went to Germany in November 1941 and later worked closely with Adolph Eichmann. Husseini blocked a prisoner exchange in which 10,000 Jewish children could have been spared. The children ended up at Theresienstadt concentration camp. Husseini also formed the 13th Handschar Division of the Waffen SS in Bosnia, which was made up exclusively of Muslims.
The Pact of Omar, attributed to Caliph Omar, encouraged non-Muslims to adopt a position of subservience to Muslims, and the same Caliph purportedly instituted the law of Ghiyar, or differentiation. This stipulation – a subset of the Pact of Omar, required that Christians and Jews (in lands where Muslims were the dominant class) should wear identifying clothing. From the start of the Abbasid dynasty, such rules became enforced. And in the manner that Jews in Nazi Europe were made to wear yellow stars, Muslims were doing the same to Jews centuries earlier:
(8) They are required to wear distinctive clothing such as the ghiyar, a yellow patch on their dress, the Zunnar (girdle), and a tall and colored qualansuwa (headgear).
Britain: Muslims Call Politician a “Jewish Homosexual Pig”
Mike Freer, MP (Member of Parliament) for Finchley and Golders Green in North London, was doing outreach work at the North Finchley Mosque on Friday, October 28. According to the Daily Express and the Daily Mail, a small group of Muslim extremists, not usually connected to the mosque, threatened and insulted Freer, who is openly gay. The antagonists were linked to the group Muslims Against the Crusades, and they objected to the presence of a “homosexual in the House of Allah”. Online, the group had made threatening notes, making explicit mention of MP Stephen TImms, who had been stabbed by a Muslim fanatic, Roshara Choudary. On their website and also on Facebook, they posted these references to Timms while warning Freer and other politicians.
An online message stated:
“We warn Mike Freer and every other MP in Britain that their presence is no longer welcomed in any Muslim area and that examples such as Stephen Timms should serve as a piercing reminder of this.”
When Freer arrived at the mosque, he was physically threatened, and had to be hidden. Freer is not Jewish, but he is a member of the political group called “Conservative Friends of Israel.” Freer said:
“I was made aware that a woman member of the mosque had started a campaign against me. She came into the surgery as a constituent but also with a gang of others from outside the area who started haranguing me and screaming abuse calling me a Jewish homo pig.”
Adrian Morgan, The Editor, Family Security Matters