Last week, President Trump made what some consider to be the most important announcement of his presidency. He revealed that there would be several major policy changes involving the United States and the Middle East.
President Trump revealed that the U.S. would officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Additionally, he gave details on moving the U.S. embassy from its current location of Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
While many people were in support of this announcement, several others believed that it would contradict the attempt of peace between Israel and Palestine. The Palestinian authorities said that there would be a 3-day riot following the announcement.
Now, the city of Nazareth, the town that Jesus grew up in, is making a bold announcement. According to Reuters, Nazareth will be protesting Christmas activities in light of President Trump’s decision about Israel.
The city spokesperson, Salem Sharara, said, “We have decided to cancel the traditional Christmas singing and dancing because we are in a time of dispute, because of what Trump has said about Jerusalem.”
Sharara said that there would still be traditional Christmas services and that the market stalls would still go on as normal. However, several of the city’s traditions have been canceled.
The mayor of Nazareth, Ali Salam, said that President Trump’s decision “has taken away the joy of the holiday.”
According to the Times of Israel, two-thirds of Nazareth’s citizens are Muslim and one-third are Christian. The city reportedly brings in a lot of income around the holidays as many tourists want to celebrate Christmas in a place that was significant to Jesus.
Reuters also noted that both Bethlehem, the town where Jesus was born, and Ramallah turned off their Christmas lights shortly after President Trump made his announcement. They said that there has been no word from either of those Palestinian towns on whether or not they will cancel their celebrations as well.
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