Hank Johnson, who represents Georgia’s 4th Congressional District, appears to be in the news again with an ill-conceived analogy. Quoting from the 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,” Johnson said during an event sponsored by the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, an anti-Israel organization that galvanizes supporters of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, or BDS.
The BDS movement is generally not consider to be mainstream Democratic thought, but there has been a big push ahead of Philadelphia for some of their positions to become planks in the Democratic platform and this back and forth regarding settlements should be viewed in the context of the reaction of those whose views were not included.
The ongoing Israeli/Palestinian dispute over the settlements is certainly corrosive and there are bad actors on both sides – if Congressman Johnson’s goal was to point out the debilitating effects of those actions, he certainly has found an audience. These comments are likely to go viral, and by that I don’t mean they are an actual virus, just that they’ll be acting like one.