Here, in case you forgot:
To top off such an asinine statement, 5 years later, Johnson, who is a member of the Armed Services Committee, displayed his anti-Semitism, comparing Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman to Donald Trump. He did this without irony, apparently unaware that many of Trump’s supporters hate Jews as much as he.
His audience, at an event sponsored by the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, agreed with him, which makes them equally idiotic.
“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,” Johnson [said].
To add insult to injury, Johnson’s statement borders on incoherence. Israel’s settlements are well within established Jewish territories, which have been unoccupied and frequently settled by Palestinian squatters. As new apartments and homes are built by Jews, these squatters must be removed, as they have been since 1967.
Here are the facts:
Even under the Clinton Oslo accords, most of these East Jerusalem neighborhoods remain under Israeli sovereignty, but Palestinians continue to live in them. Any Palestinian living in these lands seeks to make the world believe they aren’t living in Israeli territory. Try building a shed on your neighbor’s land and moving in to it, then when they evict you have a protest that they’re “occupying” your shed, then you’ll get the idea.
From the 1980’s until the mid-2000’s, there was no need for Israel to build on that land, and Palestinians continued to expand “their” territory by taking unoccupied Israeli land. Israel did nothing. With the influx of Russian Jews, however (which Israel by its Basic Law–its constitution–must accept), land ran out quickly in Jerusalem. Hence all the intifada and violence, because the Palestinians believe they should own anywhere they build a shack.
Just today, the PA has called on the UN Security Council to condemn Israel (what’s new?) because Israel approved 770 new homes in the Gilo neighborhood, which is “over the green line.” In case you think we’re talking about enormous tracts of land, the land in Gilo is less than 2.5 miles from Israel’s Knesset (Parliament). It’s three football fields from the “green line” on land where nobody officially lives.
If Israel actually had a peace partner with whom to agree (when Arafat was alive he could have gotten this whole neighborhood but instead sent waves of suicide bombers into Israel), this would not even be an issue. But Johnson and his ilk want Israel to not be the Jewish state, or preferably to many of them, to simply not be at all. Where would the Jews go?
Just ask a few Trump supporters (because Lieberman is just like Trump):
The U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is a rabid anti-Israel group founded in 2001, that advocates BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) against Israel. Mind you, Israel is the only place in the world that accepts Jews from any country, anytime, who face persecution. The group is well known by the Anti-Defamation League, and is pockmarked by terror sympathizers.
These are the people with whom Johnson identifies.
Georgia’s 4th CD encompasses slices of DeKalb, Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale counties near Atlanta. It’s one of those districts resulting from the federal government’s oversight of southern voting by race. In other words, it’s engineered to be majority African-American and overwhelmingly Democrat.
If I thought a Republican had a snowball’s chance of ever winning the 4th CD, I’d move to Conyers or Stone Mountain to run. The 4th CD ends right where the Jewish neighborhoods in North Druid Hills begins, and carves out places like Tucker, where Republicans reside.
Unfortunately, the entire Democratic Party is “ate up” (as we say in Georgia) with Israel bashers and Jew haters, including a whole brigade of self-hating Jews like Max Blumenthal. The whole City of Brotherly Love is bathed in Democratic hatred of Israel this week, where people just as offensive and stupid as Rep. Johnson will air their grievances.
They should all focus on keeping Guam from capsizing.