17 December, 2017
Festivities in the mostly-Muslim town in Israel will go on mostly as planned, contrary to what mayor Ali Salam said in a press conference on Thursday.
This shocking announcement delivered Thursday by Nazareth Mayor, Ali Salam came following Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a move the Muslim Mayor found offensive. "The decision has taken away the joy of the holiday, and we will thus cancel the festivities this year".
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".
Nazareth is Israel's largest Arab city, with a population of more than 75,000.
Not only has Trump succeeded in turning the White House into a scene from "The Nightmare Before Christmas", he has also spoiled the birth celebration of Jesus at his hometown of Nazareth.
Wind chill beneath zero Tuesday; snow coming
The second Alberta clipper could produce another few inches of snow across the region overnight Wednesday through dawn Thursday. A cold front will move through the area Tuesday which will mean mountain snow showers, chilly temperatures and gusty winds.
Nazareth's imposing Basilica of the Annunciation is built on a site that many Christian faithful believe was the childhood home of Jesus' mother, Mary.
It comes amid a backlash across the region after Mr Trump announced he would begin the process of shifting the USA embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, after symbolically recognising it as the capital of the country.
"It is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel", he said.
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 worldwide community.
The recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital by Trump sparked a wave of outrage in the Arab world, even though he still signed a six-months waiver which has delayed the relocation of the embassy to Jerusalem since a 1995 Congress vote in favor of the move. Palestinians maintain that Jerusalem will be the capital of their future state. 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. According to the New Testament, Jesus also grew up in the town.