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What I find additionally interesting about this termination of  student Kristofer Petersen-Overton is no one seems to be addressing the potential biased and/or racist beliefs and actions being implemented by Assemblyman Hikind and BC President Karen Gould.   Why aren't Mr. Digestive support dogs free delivery Hikind and Ms. Digestive support dogs free delivery Gould being questioned about their own religious prejudices and apparent intolerance to other beliefs other than their own? Israel partisan gets Brooklyn College to fire Patersen-Overton; "now they're going after graduate students" - asks for support http://assets.nydailynews.com/img/2010/08/31/alg_brooklyn_college1.jpg CounterPunch, digestive support dogs free delivery Joshua Sperber - Brooklyn College fired PhD student Kristofer Petersen-Overton yesterday, digestive support dogs free delivery one day after New York tate assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) sent a letter to BC president Karen Gould accusing Petersen-Overton of being an "overt supporter of terrorism." Hikind has complained in interviews that Petersen-Overton's academic work is anti-Israel, digestive support dogs free delivery and that his attempt to "understand" suicide bombing is unfathomable. Digestive support dogs free delivery Petersen-Overton and I are colleagues at the CUNY Graduate Center JS: You were preparing to instruct a course on the Middle East and were fired. Digestive support dogs free delivery What happened? 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Digestive support dogs free delivery He's actually made a career out of targeting people for alleged anti-Israel bias. JS: And the charge of bias is doubly problematic. Digestive support dogs free delivery Because, digestive support dogs free delivery one, digestive support dogs free delivery it's inaccurate. Digestive support dogs free delivery But, digestive support dogs free delivery two, digestive support dogs free delivery even if it were accurate, digestive support dogs free delivery what does it imply? KPO: We all come to the table with our personal political views; there's not a single professor who doesn't have their own views. 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Digestive support dogs free delivery Norman Finkelstein wrote me, digestive support dogs free delivery and after I contacted Neve Gordon he (Gordon) contacted BC's provost, digestive support dogs free delivery writing that he reviewed my syllabus and that it was excellent and reflected a number of different perspectives, digestive support dogs free delivery noting that the textbook was mainstream and "emphasizes the Zionist narrative." He also read a scholarly paper I had written, digestive support dogs free delivery and wrote that he was "struck by (my) academic rigor." JS: What can people do to lend support? I would be greatly appreciative if people can send an email to the provost, digestive support dogs free delivery even better a letter, digestive support dogs free delivery and tomorrow it would be great if people could call, digestive support dogs free delivery and more importantly if people could disseminate this story. 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