Nazareth mayor backtracks after canceling Christmas festivities to protest Trump


Nazareth, the Israeli Arab city where Jesus is thought to have been raised, has canceled some Christmas celebrations in protest at U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, an official said. But a corrected statement reportedly said the cancellation was only for "artistic performances on stages".

Bush, a Republican, promised during the 2000 campaign that "as soon as I take office I will begin the process of moving the USA ambassador to the city Israel has chosen as its capital".

"The decision (by U.S. President Donald Trump about Jerusalem) has taken away the joy of the holiday, and we will thus cancel festivities this year", Salam, a Muslim, told the Times of Israel.

"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.

Mr Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital city, as UG Christian News reported, was a significant policy which triggered both applause and protests across the world.

The Muslim mayor of Nazareth, Ali Salam, has ordered all official events canceled, the city council announced Thursday, according to The Times Of Israel. "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, spokesman Salem Sharara said".

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Mayor Ali Salam told Reuters on Saturday that three singers who had been due to perform would not appear.

This year's Christmas market and festival will not be taking place, however, as Muslim political and world leaders continue condemning Trumps' decision from last week.

The annual events are a huge tourist attraction during the Christmas season. "Just as every year, the city is decorated for the holiday and we are excited to receive the tens of thousands of visitors who will arrive, and to give them a festive and special experience".

After the Herod's death, Mary returned to Nazareth, where the Bible says her child "grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him".

While Nazareth is located within Israel proper rather than Palestinian Authority territory in Gaza and the West Bank, a majority of its inhabitants are Arabs with Israeli citizenship.