In the most ironic twist, the childhood home and where Jesus Christ was recorded to have grown up will not be celebrating his birth this year.The last time this happened was when he was born and this was no thanks to King Herod.
So who is the modern day King Herod behind this repetition of history in 2017, none other than U.S. President, Donald Trump!
Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has sparked outrage and backlash across the world reversing decades of U.S. policy and making the U.S. the only country to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Nazareth, a northern Israeli town is made up of a mix of Christian and Muslims. The annual festivities and celebrations have turned the town into a tourist heaven during the period with millions of tourist flocking to the town to visit some of the most sacred sites to Christianity.
Trump also ordered the immediate relocation of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in a move that has triggered violent protests and threats of an uprising from terror group, Hamas.
The town’s mayor, Ali Salam, announced Thursday that all planned Christmas events would be canceled including the popular Christmas market and festival procession. “Our identity and faith cannot be bargained,” Salam, a Muslim, said, according to 10 News. “Trump’s decision has taken away the joy of the holiday and we will cancel the festivities this year.”
So far, there have been two recorded deaths in protests and violent clashes between protesters and soldiers as a result of Trump’s declaration.