The city of Nazareth, located in the North of Israel, abolished the celebration of Christmas day in protest against the U.S. decision to move the Embassy to Jerusalem. It is reported by The Times of Israel.
The mayor of Nazareth Ali Salam, a Muslim, decided to abandon the festival and the large Christmas market, popular with tourists.
According to him, “the festive mood was spoiled by the US President Donald trump.”
According to the gospel, at Nazareth occurred the Annunciation — the Archangel Gabriel announced to the virgin Mary of the future birth of her son of God, the childhood and youth of Jesus Christ took place in this city.
Currently in Nazareth are mostly inhabited by Muslims, only about a third of the population of Nazareth are Christian.
The US President Donald trump on December 6 announced the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. He also instructed the state Department to begin work to transfer the U.S. Embassy from tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The procedure can take several years. Criticized the decision made by many world leaders. The next day the Hamas movement that controls Gaza, called for a new uprising against Israel.
Israel proclaimed Jerusalem as its capital after the War for independence in 1949. In 1967 after the six day war he took East Jerusalem and United it with the Western, but the UN has not recognized it. Embassies of countries, including diplomatic relations with Israel are mainly in tel Aviv, Ramat Gan and Herzliya.
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