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Nazareth cancels Christmas celebrations in stand against Trump speech

Israeli Arab Christians, some dressed up as Santa Claus, watch the annual Christmas parade in the northern Israeli city of Nazareth, Israel, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015.
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Mayor of hometown of Jesus Christ says Trump has taken joy away from Christmas

The municipality of Nazareth, an Arab majority town in Northern Israel, announced that celebrations of Christmas and New Year will be cancelled in protest against Trump's statement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"After the announcement of US President Donald Trump, we saw it is as appropriate to cancel all the celebrations because we are part of one single people", the mayor of Nazareth, Ali Sallam, said in a statement.

The statement also said that the Trump speech took away "all joy" from the upcoming holidays, implying there was no point in celebrating.

The Brotherly Covenant, an NGO devoted to incorporating Christians into Israeli society, released a statement condemning the municipality's move and stated that cancelling Christmas in Nazareth would hinder chances at co-existence.

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According to the group this decision "harms Christians in Israel and in the world on their holy day," the statement read, asserting that it also "harms the city's economy and and relations between the various religions."

Tensions have risen recently as a result of US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last Wednesday.

Originally envisaged as an area to be kept under international control in the 1947 UN Partition Plan, Jerusalem has remained contested between Israel and its Arab neighbors ever since.

Even though Israel has fully controlled the city since 1967, and moved most of its government institutions there, no country has moved its embassy from Tel-Aviv or has accepted to call Jerusalem Israel’s capital.

The recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital by Trump sparked a wave of outrage in the Arab world, even though he still signed a six-months waiver which has delayed the relocation of the embassy to Jerusalem since a 1995 Congress vote in favor of the move.

A number of Israeli-Arab citizens have also taken to the streets in protest, and according to media reports they went as far as flying Hezbollah flags in protests in the Wadi Ara region in Northern Israel, as well as throwing rocks at passing vehicles and police.



good. foo the Christians

Well that will show Trump. Do you think he will give a toss ? The cancellation of these events is damaging and harming on one other than the Palestinian economy and the Christian minority. Also shows that under Palestinian stewardship, slighting one of the great world religions is not an issue. Can you imagine what would happen if Israel did this ? Can you imagine if Israel cancelled Muslim festivities ?

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