According to a report, Democrat California Governor Gavin Newsom announced in late November that he would hold a virtual ceremony in place of the usual live event to light the state’s Christmas tree. This decision was made in response to planned demonstrations.
According to Sacramento-based media, many demonstrations were scheduled to take place close to the state Capitol. In an effort to counter the tree-lighting event, a pro-Palestinian organization had already announced plans to march past the Capitol.
A demonstration had been organized by the Sacramento Regional Coalition for Palestinian Rights, with the slogan suggesting there should be no celebrations if you are ‘silent on genocide.’
According to local news, a spokesperson for Newsom announced that the ceremony this year would be virtual based on the ongoing protests across the country, which are affecting the security of events of all sizes. The spokesperson also expressed concern for the well-being of all attendees, including children and families.
According to a report, the event was to include a market showcasing local companies and musical entertainment.
Due to the violent anti-Israel demonstrations, Newsom isn’t the only person who has decided to cancel their Christmas plans.
According to a report, in November, officials from Bethlehem, the city where Jesus was born, announced that they were removing a significant portion of the Christmas decorations from the West Bank city as a demonstration of “solidarity” with Palestinians and the city’s predominantly Muslim population. According to a representative for Bethlehem, the rationale for the decision was cited as the overall situation in Palestine.
In an interview with local news, Yassar Dahbour of the Sacramento Regional Coalition for Palestinian Rights claimed that instead of facing the public’s outrage over his terrible silence on the massacre in Gaza, Governor Newsom opted to call off the tree lighting event.
According to police reports, midway through the month of November, pro-Palestinian activists pushed their way past security guards and poured into the convention hall in Sacramento, where the California Democrat Party was holding a conference. As a result, the party was forced to cancel the caucuses that were scheduled to take place. According to Chair Rusty Hicks, the Jewish guests were openly intimidated and harassed.