Jesus Christ's Hometown of Nazareth Just Canceled Christmas Because of Trump
Dec 16 2017
Nazareth, the Arab city occupied by Israelis, where Jesus is thought to have been raised, has canceled some Christmas celebrations in protest of President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, an official said.
"Our identity and faith aren't up for debate", Salam said during a press conference Thursday.
Trump's announcement last week reversed decades of US policy and made America the only country to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
The residents of Nazareth are primarily Arab citizens of Israel.
The recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital by Trump sparked a wave of outrage in the Arab world, even though he still signed a six-months waiver which has delayed the relocation of the embassy to Jerusalem since a 1995 Congress vote in favor of the move.
The move was hailed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and by leaders across much of the Israeli political spectrum, and condemned by the vast majority of the global community.
Among the various voices speaking out against Trump is Adeeb Joudeh, the Muslim custodian who holds the keys to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, believed to contain the tomb where Jesus Christ was rested after the crucifixion.
City spokesperson Salem Sharara said: 'We have chose to cancel the traditional Christmas singing and dancing because we are in a time of dispute, because of what Trump has said about Jerusalem'. Trump has also ordered the US embassy moved from Tel Aviv, though that process is likely to take years.
He also called the U.Trump a backstabbing "wretch".
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.
Reuters pointed out that the Palestinian town of Bethlehem, where Jesus was born, also briefly switched off its Christmas lights last week in protest.