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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 no rx shallaki Hikind and Ms. Find no rx shallaki 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 no rx shallaki Joshua Sperber - Brooklyn College fired PhD student Kristofer Petersen-Overton yesterday, find no rx shallaki 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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Find no rx shallaki 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 no rx shallaki Because, find no rx shallaki one, find no rx shallaki it's inaccurate. Find no rx shallaki But, find no rx shallaki two, find no rx shallaki even if it were accurate, find no rx shallaki 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. Find no rx shallaki So it all comes down to how one approaches those views, find no rx shallaki and I devoted an entire class in the syllabus to the subject of objectivity and humanism, find no rx shallaki 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? 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