Christmas celebrations cancelled in Jesus' hometown, Nazareth

Christmas celebrations cancelled in Jesus' hometown, Nazareth

Israel has been self-proclaiming Jerusalem as its capital since the Arab Springs of 1967, but neither the Palestinians nor the global community ever recognized the claim - until Trump, that is.

The annual events are a huge tourist attraction during the Christmas season.

Festivities in the mostly-Muslim town in Israel will go on mostly as planned, contrary to what mayor Ali Salam said in a press conference on Thursday.

Nazareth, the Israeli Arab city where Jesus is thought to have been raised, will celebrate Christmas as usual, its mayor said, denying the festivities would be curtailed in protest at the USA decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. "The decision has taken away the joy of the holiday, and we will thus cancel the festivities this year".

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Mayor Ali termed Trump "wretched" and said the USA president had "stabbed" Palestinians with the Jerusalem decision.

Nazareth - the hometown of Jesus - has cancelled Christmas.

Arab and European leaders warned ahead of the announcement that formally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital would push the talks further off track. The status of Jerusalem is at the center of Israel's conflict with the Palestinians because the city is sacred to Judaism and Islam.

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.

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

But the militant Palestinian group Hamas said Trump's decision "opens the gates of hell". "... 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".

The residents of Nazareth are primarily Arab citizens of Israel. The Christian savior also grew up in the town, according to the New Testament.

Among the various voices speaking out against Trump is Adeeb Joudeh, the Muslim custodian who holds the keys to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, believed to contain the tomb where Jesus Christ was rested after the crucifixion.

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