Jesus Christ's Hometown of Nazareth Just Canceled Christmas Because of Trump

Jesus Christ's Hometown of Nazareth Just Canceled Christmas Because of Trump

The Israeli Arab city said it had cancelled some Christmas celebrations in protest at the US President's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Israel has been self-proclaiming Jerusalem as its capital since the Arab Springs of 1967, but neither the Palestinians nor the worldwide community ever recognized the claim - until Trump, that is.

"Our identity and faith aren't up for debate", Ali Salam, the Muslim mayor of Nazareth, said on Thursday. "The decision [by Trump about Jerusalem] has taken away the joy of the holiday, and we will thus cancel the festivities this year".

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

According to the Post, Salam called Trump "wretched" and said he had "stabbed" the Palestinians.

Jerusalem is sacred to Christians, Jews and Muslims and is a contentious part of Israel-Palestinian negotiations.

The celebrations are a major tourist draw and income source for Nazareth, which is populated primarily by Arab citizens of Israel - two-thirds of whom are Muslims and one-third of whom are Christians, the Times added.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniya demanded that the Islamic world "make every Friday a day of anger and revolution in every capital and city" until they "bring down Trump's decision".

The giant Basilica of the Annunciation is built on the place where many believe Jesus' mother Mary's house stood and where the angel visited her and told her she would bear the Messiah.

Initial reports following the mayor's press conference said the Christmas Market in Nazareth was cancelled. Brotherly covenant referred to Salam's announcement as a "cynical move to take advantage of Christian residents", TPS reported.

Nevertheless, the local administration has already walked back his aggressive position somewhat, conceding "there are commercial interests of the city and we are used to hundreds of thousands [of Christians] coming for this season". The loss of many of these attractions is bound to cost the town dearly.

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.

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