The city where Jesus grew up has ‘cancelled Christmas’ in protest at Donald Trump‘s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Nazareth, the largest Arab town in Israel with a Muslim and Christian population of 76,000, is one of the Holy Land’s focal points in Christmas festivities.

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City spokesperson Salem Sharara said: ‘We have decided to cancel the traditional Christmas singing and dancing because we are in a time of dispute, because of what Trump has said about Jerusalem.’

The Israeli Arab city is traditionally thought to be where Jesus grew up, with the Basilica of the Annunciation in central Nazareth built on a site which many Christian faithful believe was the childhood home of Jesus’ mother, Mary.

Sharara said the town’s market stalls and the traditional Christmas church services would be held as they are every year.

People at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Jerusalem’s Old City (Picture: Reuters/Ammar Awad)
Trump announced last week that he recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, reversing reversing decades of U.S. policy and jeopardising Middle East peace efforts and upsetting the Arab world and Western allies alike.

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.

There was no word from the Bethlehem municipality whether it was also weighing a cutback on its celebrations at a crucial time of year for the town’s tourist trade.

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