News in Brief

French town honors minister’s assassin

A French mayor has angered Israel by granting honorary citizenship to a Palestinian convicted in the killing of a cabinet 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 Ze’evi. Zeevi had advocated the ouster of all Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza Strip. 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. Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor Monday said it was “outrageous to honor a convicted murderer, no political view can justify it.” ‏(AP‏)

UN: Jordan should allow in Palestinians from Syria

The UN’s chief relief official for Palestinians is urging Jordan to stop discriminating against Palestinian refugees fleeing the Syrian war and open its borders to them. The commissioner general of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees says “all refugees should be treated equally.” Filippo Grandi told reporters Monday that Jordan has been burdened by some 2 million Palestinian refugees over recent decades. But he disagreed with Jordan’s decision to close the border last year to Palestinian refugees and called on Amman “to exercise maximum humanitarian efforts.” Last year, the New York-based group Human Rights Watch praised Jordan’s admission of some 140,000 Syrian refugees but said officials have arbitrarily detained Palestinians in a holding center without any options except to return to Syria. ‏(AP‏)