Published: 2017-12-20 09:55
Last Updated: 2017-12-20 11:08
The Mayor of Nazareth City, Ali Sallam, denied that any Christmas festivities will be cancelled in the city, ensuring its residents that celebrations will take place as every year, except some celebrations' cuts will take place in solidarity with Jerusalem, in solidarity with Jerusalem.
This comes following a contradiction in media reports, with some saying that Christmas festivities in Nazareth will be cancelled and others denying the news.
“I don’t know why people thought that there would be less celebrations. Everything will run as normal, except for three singers who will not be coming to perform in the city. We have already welcomed 60,000 people to the city today,” Sallam told Reuters on Saturday.
Earlier last week, reports quoted Sallam as saying: "Our identity and faith aren't up for debate.” Adding that America's recognition of Jerusalem "has taken away the joy of the holiday, and we will thus cancel the festivities this year.”
On the other hand, Salem Sharara, the city’s spokesman, said last Wednesday: "We have decided to cancel Christmas carols and dancing because we are in a time of dispute, because of what Trump has said about Jerusalem.”
Nazareth, Jesus's hometown where an angel announced his incarnation to the virgin Mary, and where Jesus was raised, is the largest Arab town in Israel, with a population of 76,000 Muslims and Christians.
The Palestinian town of Bethlehem, Jesus's birthplace, also announced earlier the cancellation of all Christmas celebrations and switched off all its lights in protest of Trump’s decision, as did Ramallah in the West Bank.