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French town honors Palestinian terrorist
Paris suburb of Bezons grants honorary citizenship to Majdi al-Rimawi who was involved in 2001 murder of Rehavam Zeevi

A French mayor has angered Israel by granting honorary citizenship to a Palestinian convicted in the murder of an Israeli government minister.

 

The Paris suburb of Bezons last month honored Majdi al-Rimawi, who was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the 2001 murder of tourism minister Rehavam Zeevi. Zeevi had advocated the ouster of all Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

 

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The Bezons monthly newsletter cites leftist Mayor Dominique Lesparre as saying honoring Rimawi was a "strong political act" related to the "colonization of the Palestinian people." It doesn't mention the killing.

 

Bezons and Rimawi's hometown have been sister cities since 2008.

 

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor on Monday called it "humanly outrageous to honor a convicted murderer, no political view can justify it."

 

 

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First published: 03.11.13, 14:42
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