“In addition to war and seizure of land, there has been a steady–almost like termites can get into a residence and eat it up before you know that you’ve been eaten up and you fall in on yourself–there has been settlement activity that has been, that has marched forward with impunity and at an ever increasing rate, to the point where it has become alarming.And it has become to the point with occupation, with highways that cut through Palestinian land, with walls that go up, with the inability or the restriction or 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.”
Representative Johnson analogized this settlement activity to that of termites hollowing out and undermining a structure, noting that settlement expansion has made the creation of a viable Palestinian state in the occupied territories all but impossible. From a plain reading of his remarks, it was clear that Representative Johnson was referring, as he clarified afterward, to a “corrosive process, not the people.”
The ADL also disgracefully failed to condemn Congressman Johnson’s involvement in the antisemitic forum where the Congressman referred to Jews as “termites.” The Congressman was speaking at a side event to the Democratic National Convention sponsored by the “U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.” This notorious antisemitic organization calls Israel’s rebirth in 1948 a “catastrophe” and promotes the antisemitic, anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which is aimed at destroying the state of Israel.