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Christmas (Mostly) Back on in Nazareth

Christmas (Mostly) Back on in Nazareth

There have been widespread protests across the world in condemnation of Trump's decision with only Israel and the U.S. supporting his plan. Christmas events in the city, which is a center of Christian pilgrimage, normally provide a big boost to its economy.

This year's Christmas market and festival will not be taking place, however, as Muslim political and world leaders continue condemning Trumps' decision from last week.

The Israeli Arab city said it had cancelled some Christmas celebrations in protest at the US President's decision to recognise 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 annual celebrations are a major tourist draw and source of income for the city, which is inhabited primarily by Arab citizens of Israel, two-thirds of whom are Muslim and the remaining third Christian. 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.

Nevertheless, the local administration has already walked back his aggressive position somewhat, conceding "there are commercial interests of the city and we are used to hundreds of thousands [of Christians] coming for this season". About 70 percent are Muslim and 30 percent Christian. The move has also upset the country's Arab allies, especially when Trump said the United Sates Embassy in Israel would be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as well. According to the New Testament, Jesus also grew up in the town.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital a milestone.

The move was hailed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and by leaders across much of the Israeli political spectrum, and condemned by the vast majority of the global community. The holy city, the Palestinians insist, is "Palestinian" and must be the capital of a future Palestinian state.

Following the 1967 Middle East war, Israel declared Jerusalem as its capital.

"President Trump has made a bold and courageous stand that will be remembered in history forever, like President Harry Truman, who made a bold and courageous decision to recognize Israel at statehood", Hagee said.

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