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Trump Becomes The Grinch Who Ruined Christmas For Jesus' Hometown

Trump Becomes The Grinch Who Ruined Christmas For Jesus' Hometown

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.

Last week, the Muslim mayor of the city of Nazareth - the place Jesus Christ grew up - announced the city would cancel all public events celebrating Jesus' birth, Christmas.

"Our identity and faith aren't up for debate", Salam said during a press conference.

"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. Yet the president has managed to dampen the Christmas spirit on the other side of the world with his offensive, widely panned decision on Jerusalem.

Nazareth, the northern Israeli town which is home to a population made up mostly of Muslims and Christians, is scrapping all holiday plans, including a Christmas market and festival.

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




Salam's statement came as the start of the Christmas festivities was set to begin in Nazareth later Saturday with the lighting of the tree.

Pastor John Hagee, founder of Christians United for Israel, wrote on Facebook: "Let's unite together on this historic day to pray for our president, our nation and the nation of Israel like never before".

The Palestinian towns of Bethlehem - the biblical birthplace of Jesus - and Ramallah briefly turned off their Christmas lights within an hour of the Nazareth announcement, Reuters said, adding that there's no word if Bethlehem also is considering scaling back its celebrations. Trump has also ordered the USA embassy moved from Tel Aviv, though that process is likely to take years.

But this year the mayor determined that the situation in the region is too fraught for joy because of Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. "We have already welcomed 60,000 people to the city today".

In response, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation has declared East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine. Palestinians maintain that Jerusalem will be the capital of their future state.

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

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