Jesus's hometown cancels Christmas over … Trump?

Aaron Brown
December 17, 2017

Nazareth, a Muslim-majority city in Israel, stages a Christmas celebration each year with performances, a holiday market, tree lighting and parade.

Ali Salam, the mayor of Nazareth, has announced that the city won't be hosting any festivities for this year's Christmas celebration because the actions of US President Donald Trump have apparently whisked away "the joy of the holiday".

"Our identity and faith can not be bargained", Salam, a Muslim, said, according to 10 News.

"We have made a decision to cancel the traditional Christmas singing and dancing because we are in a time of dispute, because of what Trump has said about Jerusalem", city spokesman Salem Sharara said, Reuters reported. Yet the president has managed to dampen the Christmas spirit on the other side of the world with his offensive, widely panned decision on Jerusalem.

Nazareth is the largest Arab town in Israel, with a population of 76,000 Muslims and Christians. Nazareth is believed to be Jesus Christ's childhood home, though he was born in Bethlehem. About 70 percent are Muslim and 30 percent Christian.

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Reuters reports that Nazareth isn't the only town to protest the move; within an hour of the announcement, the Palestinian towns of Bethlehem, Jesus's traditional birthplace, and Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank briefly switched off their Christmas lights in protest.

On Wednesday, a city spokesman said there would be some cuts to the celebrations to protest against President Donald Trump's decision on Jerusalem that angered Palestinians as well as USA allies in the Middle East and the rest of the world. Trump has also ordered the US embassy moved from Tel Aviv, though that process is likely to take years.

"It is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel", he said.

Obama, a Democrat, told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in 2008 that Jerusalem "will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided". Israel's I-24 News also reported this move.

"There are major moments in the history of Zionism: the Balfour Declaration, the founding of the state, the liberation of Jerusalem and Trump's announcement yesterday", he said in a video posted to social media.

Other reports by Free-Prsite

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