French town of Bezons grants honorary citizenship to prisoner Rimawi

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NAZARETH, (PIC)– The French town of Bezons granted “honorary citizenship” to Majdi Rimawi, who was jailed by Israel for his alleged role in the 2001 assassination of the then-tourism minister Rehavam Ze’evi in Jerusalem. The decision was hailed by the Palestinians.

Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper stated on Monday that Rimawi was given this citizenship because Bezons mayor Dominique Lesparre, a member of the French communist party, has a sister-city agreement with the West Bank town Beit Rima where Rimawi’s family lives.

Bezons and Rimawi’s hometown have been sister towns since 2008.

The Bezons monthly newsletter cited Bezons mayor Dominique Lesparre as saying that honoring Rimawi was due to the “colonization of the Palestinian people.”

The monthly newsletter stated that it was a unanimous decision taken by the Bezons local council to honor Rimawi, whose act was to defend his town and its inhabitants, calling for enforcing the international law for the establishment of Palestine within the 1967 borders as recognized by the UN, and Jerusalem as its capital.

Rimawi’s wife, Fathiya, was presented with a plaque honoring her husband as a brave political prisoner at a ceremony held in France last February.

According to his personal blog, mayor Lesparre stated in a speech at the ceremony that Rimawi was “imprisoned for the last 10 years for having participated, with his people, in the struggles of the Palestinian resistance against the occupation of his country and his fight for freedom.”

“Majdi is a direct victim of this occupation… As are the 4,500 Palestinian resistance [fighters] who were imprisoned for having dared to defend their country against an occupier whose military means are oversized and whose methods constantly violate UN resolutions and international law,” according to a transcript of his speech.

Rimawi, with three other Palestinians, were convicted of Zeevi’s assassination in 2001. The four are members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which affirmed then that the assassination was in retaliation to Israel’s assassination of Abu Ali Mustafa, the PFLP secretary-general, in the same year.

Zeevi, who had founded the right-wing nationalist Moledet party, had advocated the mass murder of the Palestinians and their ouster from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

For its part, the PFLP, like other Palestinian resistance factions, saluted the Bezons local council for its decision and described it as supportive of the just cause of the Palestinian prisoners.

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