The Israeli Arab city said it had canceled some Christmas celebrations in protest at the US President’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.  Mr. Trump announced the move last week, reversing decades of US policy and recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, jeopardizing Middle East peace efforts and upsetting the Arab world and Western allies alike. 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 of Christmas

festivities. City spokesman Salem Sharara said: “We have decided to cancel the traditional Christmas singing and dancing because we are in a time of the dispute, because of what Trump has said about Jerusalem.”  Nazareth is traditionally thought to be where Jesus grew up. The imposing Basilica of the Annunciation in central Nazareth is built on a site which many Christian faithful believe was the childhood home of Jesus’s mother, Mary.  READ MORE