Trump Becomes The Grinch Who Ruined Christmas For Jesus' Hometown

17 December, 2017, 00:26 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Nazareth Mayor Ali Salem January 2014

The Israeli Arab city said it had cancelled some Christmas celebrations in protest at the US President's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"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.

"Reports that Christmas events were canceled this year are incorrect", said Ali Salam who is mayor of the town in northern Israel.

Festivities in the mostly-Muslim town in Israel will go on mostly as planned, contrary to what mayor Ali Salam said in a press conference on Thursday. Most of the residents are Arab citizens of Israel - 69 percent are Muslim and almost 31 percent Christian.

Nazareth's imposing Basilica of the Annunciation is built on a site that many Christian faithful believe was the childhood home of Jesus' 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. Almost 70 percent are Muslim and about 30 percent are Christian.


Israel has been self-proclaiming Jerusalem as its capital since the Arab Springs of 1967, but neither the Palestinians nor the global community ever recognized the claim - until Trump, that is. But the claim is not recognised by the global community or Palestinians.

He described his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the seat of Israel's government as merely based on reality. "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". The holy city, the Palestinians insist, is "Palestinian" and must be the capital of a future Palestinian state.

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

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".

And this is not their first such act in response to the Trump announcement.

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