By Art Moore
President Trump’s critics have blamed him for many things, from climate change to a decrease in the frequency of Americans engaging in sex, and now he’s being held responsible for messing up the celebration of Jesus’ birth.
The annual Christmas celebration in Nazareth, the childhood home of Jesus, has been canceled, the town’s Muslim mayor announced Thursday, Israel’s 10 News said, according to FoxNews.com.
Mayor Ali Salam pointed to Trump’s Dec. 6 decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital – which sparked violent protests and a call from Hamas for an uprising against Israel – as the reason for canceling all holiday plans. Among the casualties are a Christmas market and a festival, which are major tourist attractions.
“Our identity and faith cannot be bargained,” said Salam. “[Trump’s] decision has taken away the joy of the holiday and we will cancel the festivities this year.”
Nazareth, in northern Israel, has a population of about 75,000. Most residents are Arab citizens of Israel. About 70 percent are Muslim and 30 percent Christian.
Trump’s decision, which included a plan to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, fulfilled the requirements of a 1995 law that was adopted overwhelmingly by the Senate (93-5) and the House (374-37).
When Trump announced the decision he reiterated his commitment to peace in the Middle East, noting the previous policy of not recognizing “the reality” that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital brought us “no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.”
The Palestinian leadership, Fatah and Hamas, claims the Jewish people have falsified their 3,000 year-old history to lay claim to Jerusalem. The holy city, the Palestinians insist, is “Palestinian” and must be Click to see the original article