The European Jewish Congress (EJC) condemned, Monday, last month's decision by the Parisian suburb of Bezons to grant convicted Palestinian Authority assassin Majdi al-Rimawi "honorary citizenship". An EJC media release noted that "Al-Rimawi was sentenced to life imprisonment plus 80 years for participating in the planning and murder of Israeli Minister Rechav'am Ze'evi in 2001. The inscription on the plaque prepared by the municipality of Bezons refers to Al-Rimawi as a 'political prisoner'."
EJC President Moshe Kantor said “This is an outrageous and horrific decision, not just to honor a murderer, but the murderer of an Israeli government cabinet minister. Today is exactly a year since the terrible and tragic murder of Jewish schoolchildren in Toulouse and the honoring of al-Rimawi in France demonstrates that murder and terrorism is being glorified when it should be condemned in all forms.” Referring to remarks by Bezons Mayor Dominique Lesparre at the ceremony conferring the honorary citizenship, Doctor Kantor added, “It is inconceivable that an elected figure can be so ignorant to call a cold-blooded murderer a victim. This is the kind of ignorance which leads to people like [Toulouse terrorist] Mohammed Merah perpetrating the murder of children because they are Jewish. This type of glorification of murder is sending a very ominous message to the next Merah.” He concluded, "This honor for terror dishonors Bezons and shames its mayor.”