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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. Find robaxin The hill in the background is the site of today's Upper Nazareth. Nazareth, find robaxin Jesus’s hometown, find robaxin is today a bustling city of over 70, find robaxin000 people. Find robaxin The people of Nazareth are termed “Arab citizens of Israel” or “1948 Palestinians, find robaxin” depending on one’s politics. Find robaxin About a third of Nazarenes are Christians, find robaxin the rest are Muslim. On the hill rising above the dense town and its imposing Basilica of the Annunciation, find robaxin lies Upper Nazareth (Hebrew: “Nazareth Illit”). Find robaxin This community was founded by Israel in 1957, find robaxin a Jewish town situated so as to overlook the country’s largest solidly Arab community. Find robaxin However, find robaxin realities in the Galilee transcend nationalist aspirations. Find robaxin Families from Nazareth proper have been moving over the years to the airier hilltop suburb. Find robaxin Today, find robaxin about 15 percent of Upper Nazareth residents are Arabs, find robaxin mostly Christians. These Arabs have witnessed the enormous Hanukkiyahs (menorahs) places by the city over the Jewish holiday of Hannukah. Find robaxin Now, find robaxin with the coming of Christmas, find robaxin they approached the mayor, find robaxin Shimon Gapso, find robaxin and requested that a Christmas tree be placed as well. Find robaxin Gafso, find robaxin reports Israeli news site NRG (owned by Maariv), find robaxin refused staunchly. Find robaxin “Upper Nazareth is a Jewish town and all its symbols are Jewish, find robaxin” said Gapso, find robaxin “As long as I hold office, find robaxin no non-Jewish symbol will be presented in the city.” Arab members of the city council, find robaxin representing a moderate public that chose to come and live in a heavily Jewish suburb, find robaxin insisted. Find robaxin They mentioned the Hanukkiyahs erected in American cities that aren’t designated Jewish. Find robaxin Gapso ignored their pleas. Find robaxin “Let them go down to Lower Nazareth, find robaxin” he said this week. Find robaxin To his support came the city’s chief rabbi, find robaxin Isaiah Herzl, find robaxin who said that erecting Christmas tree is unthinkable since it would be “offensive to Jewish eyes.” Unlike the reporter at NRG, find robaxin the author here at +972 Magazine has liberty to comment and analyse. Find robaxin It is almost scary to attempt this, find robaxin since such a story would read so differently to different readers. Find robaxin Being a Jew, find robaxin I know exactly how threatening Christmas is to us, find robaxin being the most tempting symbol of non-Jewish life (I wouldn’t even say Christian life, find robaxin since the roots of the holiday are pagan, find robaxin it is celebrated by non-Christians and has been greatly stripped of its Christian content over the past century). Find robaxin We have all been brought up with the notion that holding on to Judaism requires resisting such symbols. In the heart, find robaxin that is. By declaring Upper Nazareth Christmas resistant, find robaxin Mayor Gapso exposes the great insecurity and confusion of the Jewish state. Find robaxin 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, find robaxin then Upper Nazareth is in fact a self imposed ghetto, find robaxin walled by fear and intolerance and so, find robaxin by extension, find robaxin is the entire state of Israel. Having lived within these walls for so long, find robaxin 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. Find robaxin He is the mayor who stole Christmas, find robaxin the mayor of an ethnocentric town with a name that hints at superiority, find robaxin who rejects a symbol of universal tolerance. Make no mistake, find robaxin mayors always think forward to the next election. Find robaxin Mr. Find robaxin Gapso, find robaxin who in the past made efforts to draw Jewish families into his town and reduce the percentage of Arabs in it, find robaxin predicts that his act will draw support from the community. Find robaxin In that he does not differ from the Jewish mayors of other mixed towns, find robaxin such as Akko’s Shimon Lankry, find robaxin who take an intolerant position whenever that is an option, find robaxin gaining power from the animosities within their communities. In the spirit of the holidays, find robaxin let us conclude this not with them but with a fond mention of a different city. Find robaxin The city of Haifa, find robaxin under Mayor Yona Yahav, find robaxin placed a huge Christmas tree right at the boundary of the its Jewish and Arab neighborhoods, find robaxin (in fact, find robaxin a bit further into the Jewish area), find robaxin proving that sharing the festive season is possible even in this troubled land. 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