Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.
Nazareth, a Muslim-majority city in Israel where Christians believe Jesus was raised, has officially canceled its Christmas celebrations this year.
Mayor Ali Salam cited U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as the reason for the cancellation.
“Our identity and faith aren’t up for debate,” Salam said at a Thursday press conference. “The decision has taken away the joy of the holiday, and we will thus cancel the festivities this year.”
Newsweek reports 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.…