12/18/17, Maine First Media Staff Report,
The Mayor of Nazareth, Israel has banned Christmas songs and plays within city limits.
The move is in retaliation to President Donald Trump recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Mayor Ali Salam, a Muslim, said the Trump decision took the joy out of the season for Muslims, so he was doing the same for Christians.
There has been a considerable amount of backlash from Nazareth’s business community since so many Christians travel to Jesus’s childhood hometown during the Christmas season. The backlash has led to some lightening of restrictions.
The Christmas market will remain open and there will be a parade on Dec. 23rd. However, all other outdoor songs and play have been canceled and banned. Which actually isn’t too dissimilar to the rules at many American schools and government buildings.
Nazareth may be in Israel, but the majority of residents are Arab and Muslim. Only 30% of the city is Christian.
According to the Bible, Jesus Christ grew up in Nazareth.