Christmas cancelled: Jesus's hometown of Nazareth SCRAPS celebrations because of Trump

NAZARETH’S CHURCH of the Annunciation

Nazareth, the largest Arab town in Israel with a population of 76,000 Muslims and Christians, is one of the Holy Land's focal points of Christmas festivities which begin officially on Saturday evening.

This shocking announcement delivered Thursday by Nazareth Mayor, Ali Salam came following Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a move the Muslim Mayor found offensive.

"Our identity and faith aren't up for debate", Salam told The Times of Israel. "The decision has taken away the joy of the holiday, and we will cancel the festivities this year", he said.

Newsweek reports that the cancellation will impact the local economy "severely", as tens of thousands of people usually travel to the town during the Christmas season for the festivities.

Mayor Ali Salam says the town has canceled the events it had planned for the holiday, such as a Christmas market, .

Mr Trump announced the move last week, reversing decades of USA policy and recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, jeopardising Middle East peace efforts and upsetting the Arab world and Western allies alike.

Nazareth is traditionally thought to be where Jesus grew up. Salam also called Trump "wretched" and said he had stabbed Palestinians in the back.




The Palestinian towns of Bethlehem where Jesus is traditionally believed to be born and Ramallah in the illegally occupied West Bank briefly turned off their Christmas lights in protest as well.

Jerusalem holds significance for three major world religions - Islam, Judaism and Christianity.

Trump's decision, which included a plan to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, fulfilled the requirements of a 1995 law that was adopted overwhelmingly by the Senate (93-5) and the House (374-37).

In response, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation has declared East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.

His decision sparked widespread violence in Israel 24 hours later in a "day of rage" over the move. "This shows the world that Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is not up for negotiation, and America is and shall always remain a loyal ally of Israel".

"President Trump has made a bold and courageous stand that will be remembered in history forever, like President Harry Truman, who made a bold and courageous decision to recognize Israel at statehood", Hagee said.

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