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Oliver Benjamin Karp co-founded Eliezer, the Jewish Society at Yale University in 1996 with Rabbi Shmully Hecht and Newark, NJ mayor Cory Booker. Ben lived in Japan for six years and is currently writing a doctoral dissertation detailing the great black scholar W.E.B. Du Bois's fascination with that country's modern rise. Karp lectures in African American and American history as well as the history of Western Civilization at the University of New Haven. The views expressed here are his own.

ARTICLES BY: Oliver Benjamin Karp

January 16, 2012 7:06 pm

Martin Luther King, the Mensch (VIDEO)

Martin Luther King Jr. is correctly remembered as a great American who helped his country live up to its unique promise (and promises). This week, which...

September 27, 2011 10:48 am

Obama at the Congressional Black Caucus

Congresswoman Maxine Waters is correct: President Obama would never tell a gay or Jewish organization to "stop crying" about the issues confronting them. More to the...

March 18, 2011 2:18 am

Japan Will Overcome

In the coming months and years the world will again witness Japan's staggering talent for reorganization and renewal, for deliberate and collective resolution across politics,...

February 1, 2011 11:23 pm


Children of Fallen Soldiers Celebrate Mass Bar Mitzvah -- Dozens of orphans of fallen Israeli soldiers, and the son of an American serviceman who died in Afghanistan, celebrated their...


American Citizen Sentenced to 18 Years in Iranian Prison for Collaborating ...

A dual Iranian-American national says he has been sentenced to 18 years in prison in Iran for allegedly collaborating with...


Intense Anti-Abbas Clashes Reported Near Ramallah, Nablus, Jenin

Intense clashes erupted in three refugee camps Tuesday night between Palestinian youths and Palestinian Authority security forces, after a protest over the recent expulsion from the Fatah party of a...

Middle East

Kurdish Peshmerga Forces Just 5 Miles From Mosul as Offensive Continues

Kurdish Peshmerga forces are within 5 miles (8 kilometers) of Mosul, commanders said Sunday, after days of fighting and sweeping territorial gains in the operation to free the key Iraqi...