Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) has ruffled some feathers this week while speaking at an event held by the anti-Israeli group U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation — also known as the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights.
While the issue with Israeli settlers in Palestine is a complex and controversial issue, Johnson was not afraid to compare them to “termites” eating away at the land.
The Washington Free Beacon posted the Georgia representative’s speech:
“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.
It has come to the point that occupation, with highways that cut through Palestinian land, with walls that go up, with the inability or the restriction, with the illegality of Palestinians being able to travel on those roads and those roads cutting off Palestinian neighborhoods from each other.
And then with the building of walls and the building of checkpoints that restrict movement of Palestinians. We’ve gotten to the point where the thought of a Palestinian homeland gets further and further removed from reality.”
Johnson, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee, continued by attacking the Israeli government, saying it is the most “right wing” in history:
“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,” he said, adding, “the Palestinians are barred from flying flags in their own neighborhoods.
The fact is the Israeli government, which is the most right-wing government ever to exist in the state of Israel in its history, the most right wing government, you got a guy like Trump who is now the minister of defense in Israel calling the shots on defense.”
He was referring to Israel’s Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman.
According to the BBC, around 600,000 Jews live in about 140 settlements in the West Bank with the most recent of which is currently being constructed and praised by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
It is the first state-built settlement since the 1990s.