Nazareth curbs Christmas celebrations to protest US Jerusalem move

Nazareth curbs Christmas celebrations to protest US Jerusalem move

Cheryl Sanders
December 15, 2017

Nazareth is noted in the Bible as the town where Jesus Christ grew up in, and in modern times holds large Christmas celebrations which are a big tourist attraction.

Islamic State (IS) threatened attacks on U.S. soil in retaliation for the Trump administration's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, one of the group's social media accounts reported on Thursday without giving any details.

The whole of the Muslim world, as well as the USA close Western allies, reacted with outrage at Trumps unprovoked unilateral declaration and his subsequent order to move the U.S. embassy from Israels internationally recognized capital of Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Ali Salam, the Muslim mayor of the Arab Christian city of Nazareth, released a statement announcing that Trump's decision on Jerusalem last week required him to show solidarity with the Palestinian Authority.

The announcement to move the USA embassy to Jerusalem was, meanwhile, hailed by other groups, including 250 prominent Israeli rabbis who issued Trump the biblical blessing that God gave to Joshua.

"We are part of one single people", he continued, declaring that the US' decision on Jerusalem had taken "all the joy" from the holiday period.

"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, Reuters reported.

After the press conference, it was erroneously reported that Salam had cancelled the Christmas Market. Christmas events in the city, which is a center of Christian pilgrimage, normally provide a big boost to its economy.

The Palestinian towns of Bethlehem where Jesus is traditionally believed to be born and Ramallah in the illegally occupied West Bank briefly turned off their Christmas lights in protest as well.

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