Mayor Ali Salam, who once made the curious boast that U.S. President Donald Trump "learned everything from me" about how to win elections, indicated that he was punishing local and visiting Christians as revenge for the President's decision to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
In reaction to the US' recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the powers that be in the Christian pilgrimage site of Nazareth announced their intention to cancel Christmas "artistic performances". "[Trump's] decision has taken away the joy of the holiday and we will cancel the festivities this year".
The cancelation will cost the historic town severely as the annual festivities-including a Christmas market, a parade, and multiple concerts-draw tens of thousands of pilgrims.
He did not mention Trump's Jerusalem announcement in these later remarks.
Israeli police detain an Israeli Arab man during clashes in Nazareth in northern Israel. Muslims oppose the move as they see East Jerusalem as a future capital for Palestine.
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Trump's controversial decision drew criticism from Muslims around the world and from many important USA allies.
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. On Wednesday, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, an umbrella group of 57 Muslim countries, met in Istanbul and issued a communiqué denouncing Trump's decision. "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". "... I saw that it is appropriate to cancel all the celebrations organized by the municipality of Nazareth, An inseparable part of this steadfast people, who are tormented by the wretched Trump in the holiness of his holiness". Today, however, around two-thirds of the population in Nazareth is Muslim.
The procession and lighting of the tree are still scheduled, according to the mayor.
Nazareth is noted in the Bible as the town where Jesus Christ grew up in, and in modern times holds large Christmas celebrations which are a big tourist attraction.
Most world powers have treated Tel Aviv as the capital and have established their embassies there.