Thursday, 18 January, 2018

Muslim Mayor of Nazareth Backtracks After Canceling Christmas Over Trump Jerusalem Announcement

Christmas celebrations canceled in Jesus’ biblical hometown in protest of Trump’s Jerusalem decision Muslim Mayor of Nazareth Backtracks After Canceling Christmas Over Trump Jerusalem Announcement
Erik Tate | 17 December, 2017, 01:09

Nazareth, the Israeli Arab city where Jesus is thought to have been raised, will celebrate Christmas as usual, its mayor said, denying the festivities would be curtailed in protest at the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

If this all isn't symbolic of the Arab proclivity to shoot themselves in the foot (when they are not trying to shoot us in the head), I don't know what is.

It's known as one of the holiest cities in Christianity, the place where the Angel Gabriel told Mary she was pregnant with the son of God, and the city where Jesus was raised. 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.

Nazareth is the largest Arab city in modern-day Israel.

The town announced it will cut back on its Christmas festivities, claiming Donald Trump has leached all the joy out of the holiday after his Jerusalem decision.

"I$3 invite all the residents of the State of Israel - the Jews, Muslims and Christians - to come to the city of Nazareth and take part in the Christmas celebrations", said Salam.

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

He also called on the Pope, churches and "our Christian brothers to devote their Sunday prayers to Jerusalem".

When Trump announced the decision he reiterated his commitment to peace in the Middle East, noting the previous policy of not recognizing "the reality" that Jerusalem is Israel's capital brought us "no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians".

"Our identity and faith aren't up for debate", Salam said at a Thursday press conference. Among the casualties are a Christmas market and a festival, which are major tourist attractions.

"Today we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel's capital", Mr Trump said in a speech in the White House last week.

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.

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