CH (223): Kontraversi Teriakan “Death to Israel” Seorang Profesor

Situs berita mahasiswa Universitas Kent di Ohio, Amerika Serikat (AS), menurunkan berita tentang ulah seorang profesornya yang meneriakan “Death to Israel”, saat sesi tanya jawab berlangsung dalam kuliah umum, dengan narasumber seorang mantan Diplomat Israel, Selasa (25/10).

Tak pelak, ucapan itu mengundang tidak hanya komen dari sejumlah pihak (termasuk di internal Universitas Kent), namun juga menarik perhatian beberapa situs media AS.

Adalah Julio Pino, Associate Professor Sejarah Universitas Kent, yang berani meneriakan hal itu, dan Ishmael Khaldi yang menerima teriakan itu.

Melalui surat elektronik yang dikirimkan kepada Inside Higher Ed, Pino menyatakan bahwa, “What I spoke was for the sake of the children of Palestine, and no other reason. The only politics I have are ‘There is no God but God, and Mohammed is His Messenger.’ “. Ketika ditanya tentang kontraversi atas teriakannya, Pino mengutip Quran, “They try to put out the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah will allow nothing but the perfection of that light, though the disbelievers dislike it.”

Dua hari setelah kejadian tersebut, Kamis (27/10), Pimpinan Universitas Kent Lefton berkata bahwa walaupun Pino memiliki hak untuk menyampaikan pendapat, namun ucapannya adalah, “reprehensible and an embarrassment to our university.” Namun, tidak ada sanksi yang diberikan untuk Pino.

Aksi Pino mendapat dukungan dari Cary Nelson, national president of the American Association of University Professors. Dia berucap, “Calling out a political slogan during a question period falls well within the speech rights of any member of a university community”. Lebih lanjut Nelson berkata, “Expressive outbursts do not substitute for rational analysis, but they have long played a role in our national political life.”

Dukungan juga hadir dari internal universitas. Kolega Pino dan kebetulan Anggota Senat Fakultas di Kent, Donald Hassler berkata, “We believe in freedom of expression and civil discourse”. “And those sometimes come in conflict – as they did in this case.” Ungkap Hassler lebih lanjut.

Pada sisi yang kontra, Ken Jacobson, the deputy national director of the Anti-Defamation League, mengatakan bahwa Universitas Kent perlu mempertimbangkan tindakan pendisiplinan bagi Pino. “This kind of language is inappropriate. It’s vitriolic, it’s violent – it undermines the sense of safety for Jewish students on campus to have a professor use such outrageous language.”

Lalu, bagaimana dengan pendapat anda sendiri? (sfm).

Sumber: foxnews.com, kentwired.com, insidehighered.com, israelnationalnews.com, dan huffingtonpost.com.

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