Nazareth cancels Christmas celebrations over Trump's Israel decision

Christmas celebrations canceled in Jesus’ biblical hometown in protest of Trump’s Jerusalem decision

Last week, the Muslim mayor of the city of Nazareth - the place Jesus Christ grew up - announced the city would cancel all public events celebrating Jesus' birth, Christmas.

On Wednesday, a city spokesman said there would be some cuts to the celebrations to protest against President Donald Trump's decision on Jerusalem that angered Palestinians as well as USA allies in the Middle East and the rest of the world.

He added: 'Our identity and faith aren't up for debate'. "The decision has taken away the joy of the holiday, and we will thus cancel the festivities this year".

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.

Arab and European leaders warned ahead of the announcement that formally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital would push the talks further off track.

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

Nazareth, in northern Israel, has a population of about 75,000. The status of Jerusalem is at the center of Israel's conflict with the Palestinians because the city is sacred to Judaism and Islam. Palestinians maintain that Jerusalem will be the capital of their future state.

Trump's controversial decision drew criticism from Muslims around the world and from many important US allies.

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

Protests have rocked the Middle East and Muslim countries in Asia, and several people have died as a result.

Israeli fighter jets also bombed Hamas targets in Gaza, officials said, after militants fired rockets from the region towards Israeli territory. "... I saw that it is appropriate to cancel all the celebrations organized by the municipality of Nazareth, An inseparable part of this steadfast people, who are tormented by the wretched Trump in the holiness of his holiness".

Nazareth as one of the holiest cities in Christendom because it was there that the angel Gabriel is believed by Christians to have told the Virgin Mary she would conceive and bear Jesus.

His decision sparked widespread violence in Israel 24 hours later in a "day of rage" over the move.

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