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August 14, 2016 9:05 am

‘Termites’ Congressman Reportedly Toured West Bank With Palestinian Advocacy Group

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Georgia lawmaker Hank Johnson reportedly toured the West Bank earlier this year. Photo: Jewish Voice for Peace/ Twitter.

Georgia lawmaker Hank Johnson reportedly toured the West Bank earlier this year. Photo: Jewish Voice for Peace/ Twitter.

JNS.org – US Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), who became embroiled in controversy last month for comparing Jews who live in Jewish communities across the pre-1967 lines as “termites,” had reportedly toured the West Bank earlier this year in a trip funded by a pro-Palestinian group.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Johnson, along with his wife, Mereda David Johnson, traveled to Ramallah and Jerusalem in late May in a trip paid for by MIFTA, an organization that advocates for a Palestinian state, and the American Global Institute.

The $13,000 trip was billed as an opportunity to meet with “Palestinian officials, and business and community leaders to learn more about the regional economy, politics and culture.”

While the visit was legal under US House of Representatives rules, the revelation comes as Johnson is attempting to mend ties with Georgia’s Jewish community.

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In a speech at an event on the sidelines of the Democratic National Convention in July that was hosted the group US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, Rep. Johnson was quoted by the Washington Free Beacon as saying, “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.”

Rep. Johnson’s office later apologized for the statement, saying the congressman “regrets his comments,” and that he “did not intend to insult or speak derogatorily of Israelis or the Jewish people.”

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  • Ernie Lofthouse

    I continue to be sickened by people like this congressman Johnson. who make these terrible statements clearly anti semitic. and then tries to say he really didn’t mean what he said is redicules. he clearly is pro Palestinian and clearly meant every word he said!yet not one person in the black caucus will say anything regarding the repugnant statements he made, nor will the main stream press even report it. i am sick of the double standard in this country in regards to both race and our dealings with our greatest ally Israel!!

  • Jonah

    God seemed to name all of Israells enemy’s some form of ite. Like obamanites I can see why he called Israelites what he did because his frame of reference for everything is in terms of ite because he is an enemy of Israel. Where does he get the freaking energy to travel around the world sticking his nose into other people problems ….he should give some attention to his brethren who are burning down america. You have your brethren burning America and the Kong of all termites the obamanite himself attempting to burn the entire planet. So why don’t you keep your behind and your unwanted opinions at home in your burning country. That’s where the termites are and that’s wher you belong.

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