US congressman blasts Israeli settlements

Sira Wahab; 1/4/10

An American congressman visiting Saudi Arabia reiterated his country’s position that Israel’s settlements in East Jerusalem violate international law and said the current Israeli leadership is not reflecting the views of most of its constituents. “The East Jerusalem expansions are not in accordance with international law,” US Rep. Keith Ellison told Arab News Wednesday. “East Jerusalem is a land that was acquired by conquest and occupation, and UN resolutions are clear; international law is clear – you cannot use warfare to expand your territories and colonize another country.” The Minnesota lawmaker made the remarks during an interview in Dammam where he was leading a US trade delegation.

See: http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article37605.ece; Israel to allow clothes, shoes into Gaza; 29/3/10; http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article36621.ece;