United States Congressman Keith Ellison (Democratic Farmer Labor Party-Minnesota) recently visited the Samarian (Shomron) Jewish community of Shilo. He was moved and expressed interest in the findings at the community's archaeological dig. He promised to return with members of his family.
Referring to the status of the community as a result of diplomatic talks, he told Al-Monitor, "I believe that the people I met in Shilo have every right to want to be connected to their side, which is holy to them. And I also believe this, too: If Israel has citizens who are Muslims or Christians, who are Palestinians, why shouldn't Palestine have citizens who are Jewish?"