Israel’s War On Christmas 2014:Controversy After Acre Puts Up Christmas Tree

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The municipality of Acre, headed by mayor Shimon Lankry, placed a Christmas tree for the first time in a central square of the mixed city, drawing criticism from Jewish residents.

Hatem Fares, an Israeli Arab Christian on the City Council, requested that tree be placed at Barcelona Square. The head Rabbi of Acre, Yoseph Yashar, told The Jerusalem Post in an interview on Sunday that according to Jewish law, there is no place for Christian symbols in the city. However, he went on to note, “Acre is a mixed city and to remove the tree at this point would cause disrespect and create a provocation.”

“From the first place, it had to be thought of if it was a good idea to put it, but now that it is…

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