Nazareth municipality cancels Christmas celebrations in protest against Trump speech

17 December, 2017, 01:08 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • Nazareth municipality cancels Christmas celebrations in protest against Trump speech

Some Christmas celebrations have been canceled in Nazareth - the Israeli city where the Bible says Jesus grew up - as a protest against President Donald Trump's controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Reuters reported.

President Donald Trump may not know how to celebrate Christmas - but he certainly knows how to ruin it for others.

Nazareth is one of the holiest cities for Christians because it is where the angel Gabriel allegedly told the Virgin Mary that she would give birth to Jesus. Christmas Eve is much celebrated in Nazareth, the town of the Galilee where Jesus is believed to have grown up, despite of predominantly Muslim town, Christmas celebration is strongly participated.

While Nazareth is located within Israel proper rather than Palestinian Authority territory in Gaza and the West Bank, a majority of its inhabitants are Arabs with Israeli citizenship.

"It is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel", he said. About 70 percent are Muslim and 30 percent Christian.

Trump's decision reversed decades of US policy as a mediator and has jeopardized its peace efforts in the Middle East.

Even though Israel has fully controlled the city since 1967, and moved most of its government institutions there, no country has moved its embassy from Tel-Aviv or has accepted to call Jerusalem Israel's capital.

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"We ask churches, the Pope and our Christian brothers to devote their Sunday prayers to Jerusalem".

Nazareth's Muslim Mayor Ali Salam told Reuters on Saturday that Christmas celebrations will continue as planned, though three singers who were supposed to perform will not appear.

"Our identity and faith aren't up for debate", Salam said at a Thursday press conference. "The decision [by Trump to recognize Jerusalem] has taken away the joy of the holiday, and we will thus cancel the festivities this year".

He termed Trump "wretched" and said the US President had "stabbed" Palestinians with the Jerusalem decision.

Mayor Ali termed Trump "wretched" and said the USA president had "stabbed" Palestinians with the Jerusalem decision.

The cancelation will cost the historic town severely as the annual festivities-including a Christmas market, a parade, and multiple concerts-draw tens of thousands of pilgrims. The loss of many of these attractions is bound to cost the town dearly.

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