Tabitha Korol
Jihad at Kent State
By Tabitha Korol
October 29, 2011

October 28, 2011

President Lester A. Lefton
Kent State University
Kent, Ohio 44242

Dear President Lefton:

The anti-Semitic situation that occurred at Kent State while Ishmael Khaldi, a Bedouin-Muslim Israeli, former diplomat and current advisor to Israel's Foreign Minister, was speaking about life in Israel from a Bedouin-Muslim perspective, was brought to my attention by several sources. It is my understanding that, against all rules of procedure, tenured professor Julio Pino first distributed literature to students and guests, advocating the boycott of Israel, and then challenged the speaker with propagandist lies and hate speech, shouting "Death to Israel."

Sir, we are both aware that such behavior is not only unethical, but completely unacceptable by an instructor employed at any institution of learning. He has advocated hate and death to the Jewish people, and, in so doing, has flagrantly crossed the line of appropriate behavior. Can you imagine if someone were to yell death to Arabs or Muslims, or a word against Allah, that you'd have had CAIR and similar organizations descending upon your school with accusations of Islamophobia and unimaginable consequences. Contrary to the irrational comments by Associate Vice President Thomas Neumann, this incident has nothing to do with freedom of speech, but with inciting and advocating to kill.

I have checked his background. Honoring Castro's revolution in Cuba, Pino was an avowed Communist, therefore, accepting of totalitarianism. At UCLA, he blamed the United States for the poverty and deaths of Latinos. After a "crisis in faith," he became an alcoholic, left Christianity, and turned to Islam, in fact, the most extreme wing of the most violent religion/culture on this planet. (Islam is responsible for the death of 270 million people over a span of 1400 years, and has waged more than 17,900 jihad attacks since 9/11.) In their war to conquer the west, they are changing the face of Europe and America and using many methods to delegitimize and annihilate Israel.)

Even if his behavior were controlled, it is mind-boggling that he could have been considered a trustworthy instructor of history and government at your institution. Islamists consider Israel the "Little Satan" and America, the "Big Satan," and, inasmuch as he has already been outspoken about our country, I suspect his views and teachings of America were seditious, as well. I can't help but wonder if school management has ever sat in on his classes to truly grasp what he was teaching to his innocent students, children of parents who support democracy and paid to have Kent be responsible for what entered their young and impressionable minds!

A review of your employee code of conduct indicates that Pino violated several. He:

  • failed to maintain a professional demeanor and integrity;

  • deceitfully distributed anti-democratic political material;

  • was discourteous and disrespectful to the visiting speaker and may well have scared any Jewish students in attendance;

  • indulged in discrimination, disrespecting the differences of people, ideas, and opinions;

Contrary to your operational procedures, his behavior was not the exercise of free expression or speech, but a way of fomenting hate and uprising had the Muslim Student Union been in attendance. Campuses of the University of California have already experienced rioting, with some students injured; your acceptance of this level of instructor bodes a danger to your students in the future.

Although I understand that you were critical of Pino's behavior, the school must also recognize the evil of his words, and keeping him only shows an acceptance of the evil he espoused. Not only am I requesting that he be immediately dismissed from all current and future positions, I request that the University conduct a thorough investigation into all similar positions, for there was obviously a serious error in judgment when Pino was hired.

Thank you, and I look forward to your reply.

Tabitha Korol

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(Editor's Note: Tabitha Korol Zuckerman passed away on January 14, 2022. Her obituary can be read here. She was preceded in death by her husband Sheldon Zuckerman on December 20, 2021.)

Author of "Confronting the Deception," Tabitha Korol began her political career after 9/11, with letters to the editor and essays, developing a readership and earning two writing awards along the way. Her work appears on, Christian Action Network, Conservative News and Views, Dr. Rich Swier, iPatriot, Liberty News & Views,; Published Reporter, Renew America, Ted Belman, The Noisy Room, Trevor Loudon's New Zeal, Virginia Christian Alliance, WebCommentary, and others. Korol revised David Silberman's book of Holocaust survivors' accounts, "And You Saw That," for publication, and edited David Pristash's book, "Essay on Moral Philosophy in Western Civilization." She also proofreads/edits a monthly city magazine.


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