The mayor of Nazareth said Saturday that Christmas celebrations would go ahead in Jesus' hometown, only days after announcing holiday festivities would be canceled in protest of the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. "[Trump's] decision has taken away the joy of the holiday and we will cancel the festivities this year".
The cancelation of the usual festivities, which feature a Christmas parade, market and several concerts, drew huge tens of thousands of pilgrims each year. Most of the residents are Arab citizens of Israel - 69 percent are Muslim and almost 31 percent Christian. The imposing Basilica of the Annunciation in central Nazareth is built on a site that many Christian faithful believe was the childhood home of Jesus' mother, Mary.
Within an hour of the announcement, the Palestinian towns of Bethlehem, Jesus's traditional birthplace, and Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank briefly switched off their Christmas lights in protest.
He described his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the seat of Israel's government as merely based on reality.
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.
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And Clinton, a Democrat, entered office in 1993 saying he supported "the principle" of moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. About 70 percent are Muslim and 30 percent Christian. "This shows the world that Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is not up for negotiation, and America is and shall always remain a loyal ally of Israel". But the claim is not recognised by the worldwide community or Palestinians. Muslims oppose the move as they see East Jerusalem as a future capital for Palestine.
Jerusalem is sacred to Jews, Muslims and Christians.
Ismail Haniya said: "We demand the Islamic world make every Friday a day of anger and revolution in every capital and city until we bring down Trump's decision".
And this is not their first such act in response to the Trump announcement.
The Palestinians' chief representative to Britain, Manuel Hassassian during a press with media blasted the American leader's decision to move the United States embassy.