Because Of Trump, Jesus's Hometown Nazareth Is Cancelling Christmas

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Palestinians and the rest of the Arab world rejected President Trump's declaration earlier this month that the United States was recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Christmas events in the city, which is a center of Christian pilgrimage, normally provide a big boost to its economy.

After the contentious move, Nazareth Mayor Ali Salam, who found the decision offensive, announced numerous Christmas festivities will be canceled in protest.

US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has caused a backlash in the region, particularly among Muslims, and the reaction's reverberated to Nazareth, where the town's mayor, Ali Salam, announced Thursday that all planned Christmas events would be canceled.

"We have chose 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.

Nazareth, a Muslim-majority city in Israel where Christians believe Jesus was raised, has officially canceled its Christmas celebrations this year.

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Nazareth is traditionally thought to be where Jesus grew up.

"Today we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel's capital", Mr Trump said in a speech in the White House last week.

The town announced it will cut back on its Christmas festivities, claiming Donald Trump has leached all the joy out of the holiday after his Jerusalem decision.

Within an hour of the announcement, the Palestinian towns of Bethlehem, Jesus's traditional birthplace, and Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank briefly switched off their Christmas lights in protest.

The Brotherly Covenant, an organization devoted to incorporating Christians into Israeli society, said the decision to cancel festivities in Nazareth "harms Christians in Israel and in the world on their holy day". ISIS threatened war on USA soil in response to the decision, and a group of Muslim leaders in 57 countries denounced Trump's move. Muslims oppose the move as they see East Jerusalem as a future capital for Palestine. On Wednesday, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, an umbrella group of 57 Muslim countries, met in Istanbul and issued a communiqué denouncing Trump's decision. Israel's I-24 News also reported this move.