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

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

Kerry Wise
December 17, 2017

Mayor Ali Salam, who once made the curious boast that U.S. President Donald Trump "learned everything from me" about how to win elections, indicated that he was punishing local and visiting Christians as revenge for the President's decision to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. "The decision [by Trump about Jerusalem] has taken away the joy of the holiday, and we will thus cancel the festivities this year".

Nazareth, a town that hosts major celebrations each year that draws pilgrims from over the world, will still be holding their Christmas market and parade, despite the previous statement. Most of the residents are Arab citizens of Israel - 69 percent are Muslim and almost 31 percent Christian. The imposing Basilica of the Annunciation in central Nazareth is built on a site which many Christian faithful believe was the childhood home of Jesus's mother, Mary.

Reuters pointed out that the Palestinian town of Bethlehem, where Jesus was born, also briefly switched off its Christmas lights last week in protest. About 70 percent are Muslim and 30 percent Christian. ISIS threatened war on us soil in response to the decision, and a group of Muslim leaders in 57 countries denounced Trump's move.

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

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"God is weeping over President Donald Trump's inflammatory and discriminatory recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel", Tutu, an outspoken advocate for Palestinians, said.

Obama, a Democrat, told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in 2008 that Jerusalem "will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided". But the claim is not recognised by the worldwide community or Palestinians.

Bush, a Republican, promised during the 2000 campaign that "as soon as I take office I will begin the process of moving the US ambassador to the city Israel has chosen as its capital".

It angered the Arab world, amid further plans to move the USA embassy to Jerusalem. Palestinians maintain that Jerusalem will be the capital of their future state.