Christmas (Mostly) Back on in Nazareth

Christmas (Mostly) Back on in Nazareth

About 20 percent of Israel's overall population is Arab, and numerous country's Muslim citizens are unhappy with Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of a Jewish state.

Nazareth, the Israeli Arab city where Jesus is thought to have been raised, will celebrate Christmas as usual, its mayor said, denying the festivities would be curtailed in protest at the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's 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. Newsweek reported that the cancellation will impact the local economy "severely", as tens of thousands of people usually travel to the town during the Christmas season for the festivities.

Mayor of the Israeli city of Nazareth, Ali Salam [Angela Almeida Prado‎/Facebook] Known as "the Arab capital of Israel", Nazareth is made up mostly of Muslims and Christians Arabs.

US President Donald Trump holds up a signed memorandum recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, as US Vice President looks on, at the White House, on December 6, 2017. Christmas Eve is much celebrated in Nazareth, the town of the Galilee where Jesus is believed to have grown up, despite of predominantly Muslim town, Christmas celebration is strongly participated.

Jerusalem holds significance for three major world religions - Islam, Judaism and Christianity.

He described his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the seat of Israel's government as merely based on reality.

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Approximately 69 percent of the Arab town's 76,000 inhabitants are Muslims and 30 percent are Christians.

It comes amid a backlash across the region after Mr Trump announced he would begin the process of shifting the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, after symbolically recognising it as the capital of the country. According to the New Testament, Jesus also grew up in the town.

Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, welcomed Trump's decision as "a new and genuine milestone in the glorious history of this city".

Following the 1967 Middle East war, Israel declared Jerusalem as its capital, according to express.co.uk, but the claim is not recognised by the global community or Palestinians.

Hamas, meanwhile, said the decision "opens the gates of hell" and called for several days of protests.

Many Israeli leaders support Trump's decision, claiming that Jerusalem is the undivided capital of Israel.

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