JERUSALEM, Israel -- The French city of Bezons, a suburb of Paris, granted honorary citizenship to the murderer of former Israeli Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze'evi.
As a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Majdi al-Rimawi was one of a four-member terror cell that gunned down Ze'evi at a Jerusalem hotel in 2001. He was convicted and sentenced to life.
Located a few miles northwest of Paris, the city of 28,000 announced its decision in its official monthly newsletter, Palestinian Authority television reported.
At a ceremony to post a plaque honoring al-Rimawi, Mayor Dominique Lesparre called al-Rimawi a victim, along with the "4,500 Palestinian resistance who were imprisoned for having dared to defend their country against an occupier who military means are oversized and methods constantly violate U.N. resolutions and international law."
Meanwhile, the municipality's official monthly newsletter decried his imprisonment, noting the decision passed unanimously in a special council vote, The Jerusalem Post reported.
"He is imprisoned for more than 10 years in an Israeli prison. His crime: defending his city and its inhabitants, calling for the application of international law for the establishment of Palestine in the 1967 borders, as recognized by the United Nations, and Jerusalem as its capital. For this he was sentenced in 2002 to life in prison… More than 80 years!" the newsletter claimed.