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Mayor of Nazareth suburb bans Christmas Trees  or how the mayor of a Nazareth suburb stole Christmas....***

Nazareth's "Mary's Spring" in 1894. Ampicillin overnight delivery The hill in the background is the site of today's Upper Nazareth. Nazareth, ampicillin overnight delivery Jesus’s hometown, ampicillin overnight delivery is today a bustling city of over 70, ampicillin overnight delivery000 people. Ampicillin overnight delivery The people of Nazareth are termed “Arab citizens of Israel” or “1948 Palestinians, ampicillin overnight delivery” depending on one’s politics. Ampicillin overnight delivery About a third of Nazarenes are Christians, ampicillin overnight delivery the rest are Muslim. On the hill rising above the dense town and its imposing Basilica of the Annunciation, ampicillin overnight delivery lies Upper Nazareth (Hebrew: “Nazareth Illit”). Ampicillin overnight delivery This community was founded by Israel in 1957, ampicillin overnight delivery a Jewish town situated so as to overlook the country’s largest solidly Arab community. Ampicillin overnight delivery However, ampicillin overnight delivery realities in the Galilee transcend nationalist aspirations. Ampicillin overnight delivery Families from Nazareth proper have been moving over the years to the airier hilltop suburb. Ampicillin overnight delivery Today, ampicillin overnight delivery about 15 percent of Upper Nazareth residents are Arabs, ampicillin overnight delivery mostly Christians. These Arabs have witnessed the enormous Hanukkiyahs (menorahs) places by the city over the Jewish holiday of Hannukah. Ampicillin overnight delivery Now, ampicillin overnight delivery with the coming of Christmas, ampicillin overnight delivery they approached the mayor, ampicillin overnight delivery Shimon Gapso, ampicillin overnight delivery and requested that a Christmas tree be placed as well. Ampicillin overnight delivery Gafso, ampicillin overnight delivery reports Israeli news site NRG (owned by Maariv), ampicillin overnight delivery refused staunchly. Ampicillin overnight delivery “Upper Nazareth is a Jewish town and all its symbols are Jewish, ampicillin overnight delivery” said Gapso, ampicillin overnight delivery “As long as I hold office, ampicillin overnight delivery no non-Jewish symbol will be presented in the city.” Arab members of the city council, ampicillin overnight delivery representing a moderate public that chose to come and live in a heavily Jewish suburb, ampicillin overnight delivery insisted. Ampicillin overnight delivery They mentioned the Hanukkiyahs erected in American cities that aren’t designated Jewish. Ampicillin overnight delivery Gapso ignored their pleas. Ampicillin overnight delivery “Let them go down to Lower Nazareth, ampicillin overnight delivery” he said this week. Ampicillin overnight delivery To his support came the city’s chief rabbi, ampicillin overnight delivery Isaiah Herzl, ampicillin overnight delivery who said that erecting Christmas tree is unthinkable since it would be “offensive to Jewish eyes.” Unlike the reporter at NRG, ampicillin overnight delivery the author here at +972 Magazine has liberty to comment and analyse. Ampicillin overnight delivery It is almost scary to attempt this, ampicillin overnight delivery since such a story would read so differently to different readers. Ampicillin overnight delivery Being a Jew, ampicillin overnight delivery I know exactly how threatening Christmas is to us, ampicillin overnight delivery being the most tempting symbol of non-Jewish life (I wouldn’t even say Christian life, ampicillin overnight delivery since the roots of the holiday are pagan, ampicillin overnight delivery it is celebrated by non-Christians and has been greatly stripped of its Christian content over the past century). Ampicillin overnight delivery We have all been brought up with the notion that holding on to Judaism requires resisting such symbols. In the heart, ampicillin overnight delivery that is. By declaring Upper Nazareth Christmas resistant, ampicillin overnight delivery Mayor Gapso exposes the great insecurity and confusion of the Jewish state. Ampicillin overnight delivery If the only way to maintain the Jewish character of his town is by showing complete lack of tolerance and resisting integration of its non-Jewish residents, ampicillin overnight delivery then Upper Nazareth is in fact a self imposed ghetto, ampicillin overnight delivery walled by fear and intolerance and so, ampicillin overnight delivery by extension, ampicillin overnight delivery is the entire state of Israel. Having lived within these walls for so long, ampicillin overnight delivery Mayor Gapso has absolutely no clue what non-Jews around the world would feel when hearing that the mayor of a Nazareth suburb bans Christmas trees. Ampicillin overnight delivery He is the mayor who stole Christmas, ampicillin overnight delivery the mayor of an ethnocentric town with a name that hints at superiority, ampicillin overnight delivery who rejects a symbol of universal tolerance. Make no mistake, ampicillin overnight delivery mayors always think forward to the next election. Ampicillin overnight delivery Mr. Ampicillin overnight delivery Gapso, ampicillin overnight delivery who in the past made efforts to draw Jewish families into his town and reduce the percentage of Arabs in it, ampicillin overnight delivery predicts that his act will draw support from the community. Ampicillin overnight delivery In that he does not differ from the Jewish mayors of other mixed towns, ampicillin overnight delivery such as Akko’s Shimon Lankry, ampicillin overnight delivery who take an intolerant position whenever that is an option, ampicillin overnight delivery gaining power from the animosities within their communities. In the spirit of the holidays, ampicillin overnight delivery let us conclude this not with them but with a fond mention of a different city. Ampicillin overnight delivery The city of Haifa, ampicillin overnight delivery under Mayor Yona Yahav, ampicillin overnight delivery placed a huge Christmas tree right at the boundary of the its Jewish and Arab neighborhoods, ampicillin overnight delivery (in fact, ampicillin overnight delivery a bit further into the Jewish area), ampicillin overnight delivery proving that sharing the festive season is possible even in this troubled land. Ampicillin overnight delivery Original article can be found here: http://972mag.com/how-the-mayor-of-a-nazareth-suburb-stole-christmas-2/