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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. Entocort online review Hikind and Ms. Entocort online review 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, entocort online review Joshua Sperber - Brooklyn College fired PhD student Kristofer Petersen-Overton yesterday, entocort online review 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, entocort online review and that his attempt to "understand" suicide bombing is unfathomable. Entocort online review 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. Entocort online review What happened? KPO: I was hired by Mark Ungar at Brooklyn College's political science department on the recommendation of Dov Waxman at the Graduate Center. Entocort online review I went in for an interview, entocort online review and he was impressed with my credentials. Entocort online review I have an MA and I've published on the situation [in the Middle East], entocort online review and he said "I would be honored to have you." And this was for a grad level seminar, entocort online review which is not lecture-based, entocort online review meaning that our classes would be discussion-oriented and not some sort of alleged platform. JS: What was the official explanation for your firing, entocort online review and why doesn't it make sense? KPO: I have not once been contacted by the department itself, entocort online review but I was told that the official reason I have been fired is that I don't have a PhD, entocort online review which is untrue, entocort online review because no student teaching this course has a PhD, entocort online review and there are of course many student teachers at BC who do not have their PhD's. Entocort online review And I'll point out that I am somewhat more qualified than many student teachers because I came into the program with a Master's degree, entocort online review which many students who are teaching for CUNY don't have. I was fired immediately after Dov Hikind contacted the school. Entocort online review He is an especially radical assemblyman who goes after people who he perceives as being anti-Israel. Entocort online review He's actually made a career out of targeting people for alleged anti-Israel bias. JS: And the charge of bias is doubly problematic. Entocort online review Because, entocort online review one, entocort online review it's inaccurate. Entocort online review But, entocort online review two, entocort online review even if it were accurate, entocort online review 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. Entocort online review So it all comes down to how one approaches those views, entocort online review and I devoted an entire class in the syllabus to the subject of objectivity and humanism, entocort online review meaning I wanted to put this issue of bias on the table to facilitate open and productive discussions. JS: What does your firing suggest about contemporary politics and higher education? KPO: They've targeted professors up for tenure for so long and have been relatively unsuccessful except for several cases, entocort online review like with Norman Finkelstein (JS: and, entocort online review among others, entocort online review Nicholas De Genova and Thaddeus Russell, entocort online review at Columbia University and Barnard College, entocort online review respectively), entocort online review now I think they're going after graduate students before their careers even begin. Entocort online review One of the most direct implications of this which is deeply troubling is not the fact that people take issue with one particular class, entocort online review which is inevitable, entocort online review but the way in which the college administration caved so quickly – for it to occur within 24 hours is incredible to me, entocort online review and the school never even consulted me. Entocort online review For this to be decided by a state official poking his nose in a college syllabus is Orwellian. Entocort online review I've received tremendous support, entocort online review which I'm very grateful for. Entocort online review Norman Finkelstein wrote me, entocort online review and after I contacted Neve Gordon he (Gordon) contacted BC's provost, entocort online review writing that he reviewed my syllabus and that it was excellent and reflected a number of different perspectives, entocort online review noting that the textbook was mainstream and "emphasizes the Zionist narrative." He also read a scholarly paper I had written, entocort online review 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, entocort online review even better a letter, entocort online review and tomorrow it would be great if people could call, entocort online review and more importantly if people could disseminate this story. Entocort online review It's especially disgusting that they would go after a grad student, entocort online review because they have not only impacted my career but also my income and health insurance. Office of the Provost (William A. Entocort online review Tramontano) Brooklyn College 2900 Bedford Avenue Brooklyn, entocort online review New York 11210 718.951.5000 tramontano@brooklyn.cuny.edu