Nazareth mayor 'cancels' Christmas in protest of US Jerusalem decision

Michele Moreno
December 17, 2017

The mayor of Nazareth, the town Christians believe to be the childhood home of Jesus, canceled all planned artistic events according to a report by The Times of Israel.

Mr Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital city, as UG Christian News reported, was a significant policy which triggered both applause and protests across the world.

"Our identity and faith aren't up for debate", Salam said at a Thursday press conference.

"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.

Sharara said the town's market stalls and the traditional Christmas church services would be held as they are every year.

Mr Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital city, was a significant U.S. policy change.

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

Nazareth, the town in current-day Israel where Jesus Christ is said to have been raised, canceled all Christmas celebrations this year, saying that President Donald Trump had taken the joy out of the holiday.

Ali Salam, the Muslim mayor of the Arab Christian city of Nazareth, released a statement announcing that Trump's decision on Jerusalem last week required him to show solidarity with the Palestinian Authority.

At a little over 30 per cent of the population, Christians are a significant minority - but are dominated by the Muslim majority which voted Salam into power.

Trump's decision reversed decades of USA policy as a mediator and has jeopardized its peace efforts in the Middle East. Israel's I-24 News also reported this move.

He also called the U.Trump a backstabbing "wretch".

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".

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.

Other reports by Insurance News

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