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Brooklyn College

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'Anti-Israel' prof canned

By Reuven Blau and Tim Perone, New York Post
January 27, 2011

Brooklyn College yesterday fired an adjunct professor teaching a class on Middle East politics just hours after a state assemblyman accused him of supporting Palestinian suicide bombers.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) faxed a letter to the college president, Dr. Karen Gould, on Monday expressing his reservations about Kristofer Petersen-Overton.

Hikind said yesterday that Petersen-Overton, 26, has written several academic papers that are anti-Israeli and attempt to understand suicide bombers.

Hikind told The Post that after he was alerted by students, he reviewed the proposed curriculum and saw about 50 books listed -- all of which blamed Israel for problems in the region.

"Not one of them presents another point of view," Hikind said.

Petersen-Overton, a doctoral student at CUNY's Graduate Center, said Hikind's accusations were "slander, pure and simple."

The Jewish newspaper Hamodia this week quoted Petersen-Overton on suicide bombers, saying , "I certainly do not condone such heinous acts."

Jeremy Thompson, a spokesman for Brooklyn College, said that Petersen-Overton was bumped from the classroom because he was not "sufficiently qualified," since he is "very early on in his doctoral studies."

Thompson said that Hikind's accusations had no bearing on the decision and that Petersen-Overton should never been have hired in the first place.


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