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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. Find discount tentex royal Hikind and Ms. Find discount tentex royal 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, find discount tentex royal Joshua Sperber - Brooklyn College fired PhD student Kristofer Petersen-Overton yesterday, find discount tentex royal 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." 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I was fired immediately after Dov Hikind contacted the school. Find discount tentex royal He is an especially radical assemblyman who goes after people who he perceives as being anti-Israel. Find discount tentex royal He's actually made a career out of targeting people for alleged anti-Israel bias. JS: And the charge of bias is doubly problematic. Find discount tentex royal Because, find discount tentex royal one, find discount tentex royal it's inaccurate. Find discount tentex royal But, find discount tentex royal two, find discount tentex royal even if it were accurate, find discount tentex royal 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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