Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) has received negative press before, but recent coverage of his comments on “termites” sparked quite the apology.
Back in 2010, Johnson openly worried that Guam would “tip over and capsize” if too many soldiers were stationed there, a claim even the myth-busting website Snopes was forced to admit appeared to be a serious statement.
(Editor’s Note: Guam would not have tipped over)
Now, Johnson’s in the headlines again:
"Why shouldn't we change our policy so Palestinians can live in their homeland with dignity… why can't we…" pic.twitter.com/bVRXfFNiNo
— Jewish Voice for Peace (@jvplive) July 25, 2016
At an event calling for an end to Israeli settlements on the West Bank, the Georgia Democrat said, according to the Washington Free Beacon:
“There has been a steady [stream], almost like termites can get into a residence and eat before you know that you’ve been eaten up and you fall in on yourself, there has been settlement activity that has marched forward with impunity and at an ever increasing rate to the point where it has become alarming.”
Not done yet, Johnson added:
“You see one home after another being appropriated by Jewish people who come in to claim that land, just because somebody did not spend the night there … The home their [Palestinian] ancestors lived in for generations becomes an Israeli home and a flag goes up.”
That use of a termite analogy to describe the actions of “Jewish people” did not sit well with the Anti-Defamation League, which demanded an apology:
— ADL (@ADL) July 25, 2016
Johnson served up that apology, saying it was a “poor choice of words”:
@ADL_National Poor choice of words – apologies for offense. Point is settlement activity continues slowly undermine 2-state solution.
— Rep. Hank Johnson (@RepHankJohnson) July 25, 2016
The event which Johnson, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, attended was sponsored by U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.
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