Bethlehem Extinguishes Christmas Tree to Protest Trump's Jerusalem Announcement

Friday, December 08, 2017 |  Israel Today Staff

There were a lot of Arab responses to US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, most of them bordering on hysteria.

But none were quite so silly as the Palestinian Authority turning off the Christmas lights in Bethlehem, the city of Jesus' birth.

Apparently, recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish nation, as Jesus himself did, is reason to suck the joy out of the holiday season.

Israeli Arab Christian political activist Bishara Shlayan posted the following photo to Facebook:

The caption expresses Shlayan's deep frustration over such a ludicrous act of protest, especially given that everyone, including the Arabs, already know and accept the reality that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

Rather than punish local Christians, Shlayan demanded that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas resign immediately. It is a sentiment shared by many other local Arabs.

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