City of Nazareth cancels Christmas celebrations after Trump’s decision on Jerusalem
“Our identity and faith are not debated, Trump’s decision has taken the joy of the festivities,” said the mayor of one of the most holiest cities in Christendom.
The City Council of the Israeli city of Nazareth suspended the official celebrations of the Christmas holidays in protest against the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel made by the President of the United States, Donald Trump, on December 6.
“Our identity and faith are not up for debate, Trump’s decision has taken the joy of the festivities and that is why we canceled the celebrations,” said the Muslim mayor, Ali Salam, according to the Times of Israel newspaper .
Thus, one of the holiest cities in Christendom, where the Bible says Jesus grew up, the place archangel Gabriel told the Virgin Mary she would conceive and bear Jesus, will remain this year without a large Christmas market, a festival and other activities that take place yearly in the city.
However, the events organized by the church “will take place,” the spokesperson for the Committee of Catholic Churches in the Holy Land, Wadie Abunaser, confirmed to the EFE news agency, including the Christmas tree lighting on Sunday 17 and a procession on the 23rd. December, before Christmas Eve.
Trump’s decision to recognize as the capital of Israel the city of Jerusalem, considered holy by the three great monotheistic religions, whose Eastern part is occupied by Israel since 1967 and to which the Palestinians aspire as capital of their future State, has raised a wave of protests and condemnations from the international community and from Muslim and Christian representatives.