Nazareth scales down Christmas celebrations in protest of Trump's Jerusalem decision

  • Nazareth scales down Christmas celebrations in protest of Trump's Jerusalem decision

Nazareth scales down Christmas celebrations in protest of Trump's Jerusalem decision

Still, Nazareth is an important point on the Christian Christmas pilgrimage.

The Israeli Arab city is traditionally thought to be where Jesus grew up, with the Basilica of the Annunciation in central Nazareth built on a site which many Christian faithful believe was the childhood home of Jesus' mother, Mary.

The Mayor of the Israeli city of Nazareth, Ali Salam, has announced the cancellation of all planned Christmas events, festivals and celebrations in protest against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's new capital and to relocate the US embassy to the Holy City.

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.

"Our identity and faith can not be bargained", said Ali Salam, the town's mayor, on Thursday, according to a Fox News translation of 10 News.

He also called on the Pope, churches and "our Christian brothers to devote their Sunday prayers to Jerusalem".

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 are part of one single people", he continued, declaring that the US' decision on Jerusalem had taken "all the joy" from the holiday period.

The cancelation will cost the historic town severely as the annual festivities-including a Christmas market, a parade, and multiple concerts-draw tens of thousands of pilgrims.

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.