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French Town Honors Killer of US, Israeli Diplomats

By: JTA

A suburb of Paris honored a man imprisoned for helping to murder diplomats from Israel and the United States.

A majority of aldermen in the city council of Bagnolet east of the French capital voted on Wednesday to make the Lebanese citizen, Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, an honorary resident, calling him a “communist activist” and “political prisoner” who “belongs to the resistance movement of Lebanon, his country,” French media reported Friday.

Abdallah, a founder of the Lebanese Armed Revolutionary Faction, was captured in 1984. A French court sentenced him in 1987 to life in prison for complicity in the 1982 assassinations of Charles R. Ray, a U.S. military attache serving in Paris, and Yacov Bar-Simantov, a second counsellor at the Israeli embassy in Paris.

Bar-Simantov’s killer, a woman wearing a white beret, fled into the Paris subway after shooting him in the head in front of his wife and children at their apartment building.

Abdallah shot Ray, an assistant military attache, outside Ray’s apartment building the same year.

The motion passed by the council of Bagnolet, where the French Communist party enjoys a majority, does not mention his crimes. In it, he is referred to as a “one of Europe’s last remaining political prisoners” and “determined defender of the Palestinian just cause.”

His release is being prevented “primarily because of the intervention of the U.S. government,” the motion read.

“To call for his liberation, the municipal council declares him an honorary citizen of Bagnolet,” it says.

Abdallah, who was first eligible for parole in 1999, has failed in eight bids to be released. A parole board approved his most recent bid in January, but the interior minister, Manuel Valls, refused to sign the order after complaints from the U.S. embassy and lawmakers in the U.S. Congress.

Contacted by JTA, a spokesperson for the city of Bagnolet said the mayor had no immediate comment on the issue.

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12 Responses to “French Town Honors Killer of US, Israeli Diplomats”

  1. All in the point of view these days. I find it disgusting, from my vantage.

  2. Jed Dunkin says:

    Good grief there are a lot of evil people in the world.

  3. ah yes, the Brave french. lap dancing the nazis and now muslim terrorists. tres hilarious.

  4. Mark Bird says:

    Cheese eating surrender monkeys

  5. Edward Lobel says:

    Do to them what hitler tried to do to us, but do not miss a single one! Get every single one of them! Show no mercy to these murderers!

  6. Disgusting French anti-Semites!

  7. Eva Feld says:

    The French will pay for this misdeed big time.

  8. I imagine a future when the Judges are sent forth into all the lands, hunting people like these and the ones who enable them. The enablers will end up under the boots of anti-Semites first though. Don't worry about them…these French are like mice bowing before feral cats, and we know how that'll end up.

  9. Chinese says:

    Hope Muslims take over that god forsaken place, and perform their usual job.

  10. Gary Harper says:

    A lot of French have been Communists since the 1870s. Remember the Commune. They deserve to be under the heel of an oppressor, if they have not learned anything in 140 years.

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