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U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA)

A vicious anti-Semitic slur flung by a Democratic member of Congress on Monday against Israeli Jews living in Judea and Samaria hit one Jewish voter square in the face with the ice-cold memory of another time, when similar words were spoken.

With just one word, U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia proved to anyone who bothered to pay attention that the Democratic Party is no longer the traditional safe haven of the American Jew.


Speaking in Philadelphia at an pre-Democratic National Convention event sponsored by a group from the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement, the House Armed Services Committee member compared the Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria to “termites,” according to the Washington Free Beacon.

Outraged, Sara Z. told that anti-Semitism in the American Democratic Party is growing by leaps and bounds.

In an exclusive interview, Sara (who requested anonymity out of fear of reprisal from neighbors) said the phenomenon is “similar to the rising anti-Semitism in Britain’s Labour Party.” She said it has destroyed a party where Jews once felt welcomed — and that she could see that day coming for Democrats in the U.S., maybe sooner than they realized. “Perhaps Senator Hank Johnson has forgotten history, or is this another way to echo Adolf Hitler’s sentiments? In 1938 the anti-Semitic rhetoric was that Jews were “vermin,” she said.

“In 2016, we are now “termites.” It seems like nothing changes. In the era of ‘Black Lives Matter’ it seems that once again, the Jews are the world’s scapegoats, the disposable ones,” she continued.

“Do we never learn from history?”

According to the Washington Free Beacon, Johnson’s address to the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation included the following remarks:

“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,” Johnson continued.

“And then with the building of walls and the building of check points 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.

“You see one home after another being appropriated by Jewish people who come in to claim that [Arab] land just because somebody did not spend the night there,” he said. ‘“The home their ancestors lived in for generations becomes an Israeli home and a flag goes up. 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 said.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


  1. What a despicable, disgraceful, disgusting piece of debris. I wish he would fly within the dirt to Gaza and see who would show up to take care of him. Only the Israelis would heal him and not care by what name, religion, color or gender he called himself!

  2. The recent anti-Semitic tirade by Johnson gave everyone a chance to bring up what was probably the stupidest statement ever to come out of Congress. Johnson was worried that additional naval installations on Guam would cause the island to tip over. The man has long been an embarrassment to Congress, to his district and to himself.

  3. Everything he says is a lie. There was no Palestinian Arab ruled nation before the State of Isarel retuned ….for a 2,000 year hiatus. The Ottoman Empire was there, and then the British Mandate…but as the Democrats do best…a lie told often enough somehow becomes the truth. The Arabs do fly their Palestinai flag…they have routes that by pass check points..I've been on them..The Lefts constant rouses that depict whatever group they want to show as a Victim and then proport the other side is the Evil Oppressors is the Biggest Lie ever…No one Oppresses and Victrimies the "Palestinian" people more than their own! WE CANNOT MAKE PEACE BASED ON LIES.

  4. He's one Black Life that Doesn't matter!
    He should be shamed by our Great President, but wait, that will never happen, because he's black. He's as bad as Mckinney, who lost her seat for the same Anti-Semitic hatred.
    What's up with Georgia, they develope these "public servants"
    that are themselves racists.

  5. There are no "settlements" and there is no Palestine. Judea and Sumaria are parts of Israel. Jerusalem is the capitol. There are ignorant black people who do not know that Democrats supported slavery. They forget that Civil Rights are a thing that Jews have always fought for. So, now I am wondering why there is a BDS gathering at the DNC?

  6. Back in the old days if a nation conquered some other nation they did not have to give it back! Basically, when the nations voted at the end of WW2 They had the power as conquering nations.They voted and gave Israel it's right to exsist again.Later, when the Israeli's held their ground after being attacked by neighboring nations We have had to listen to nations that whine that Israel should have to give up land that God gave them.Did someone forget that Canaanites and other nations were conquered and evicted! God and God's instument The Superpowers said Israel had a right to exsist.Stop whinning!

  7. I'm an observant Jew and many people in my community are not voting Democratic. Many of the people I know who are still voting democratic need the entitlements. The unaffiliated Jews I know who are voting democratic are liberals who believe that Israel is an occupier.

  8. Phil Silverman You may think it is of no importance to the story but since the advent of Obama's presidency and his stance of supporting Muslims while villifying Jews, blacks in the US seem to think they have to take sides against Jews in the same manner they take sides against whites. It makes no sense to elect a candidate who is in jail on drugs and murder charges and cannot carry out the duties of the office he is elected to, but blacks do it on a consistent basis if the opponent is white. Whites will vote for a black candidate if he or she is qualified, but blacks will NOT vote for a white candidate if a black one is running regardless of the lack of qualifications.

  9. Jackie Rozell 1. If it was a white politician saying rotten about Jews, you would not be claiming that the color of his skin matters. 2. Your second sentence is completely incoherent. (Blacks consistently elect black prisoners?!?) 3. The level of broadbrushing in your third sentence is quite remarkable.

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