Nazareth has announced that it will not be celebrating Christmas this year following Donald Trump`s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Trump`s decision has received a lot of criticism especially in the region dominated by Muslims.

The reactions reverberated to Nazareth thereby causing the town`s mayor, Ali Salam to announce on Thursday that all planned Christmas events would be cancelled.

“Our identity and faith cannot be bargained,” Salam, a Muslim, said, according to 10 News. “[Trump’s] decision has taken away the joy of the holiday and we will cancel the festivities this year.”

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.

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

Nazareth is believed to be Jesus Christ’s childhood home, though he was born in Bethlehem.

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

 

 

 

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