The people of Israel are currently celebrating the Holy City of Jerusalem during the annual Festival of Light. However, Khaled Abu Toameh writes for The Jerusalem Post, the Palestinian Authority has condemned it as a "Festival of Dimness," saying Israel is "Judaizing" the Jewish people's own city:
This year’s festival, which runs from June 28 to July 6, features dramatic light-ups of the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem and buildings on nearby Jaffa Street. The festival is run jointly by the Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage Ministry, the Jerusalem Development Authority and the Jerusalem Municipality.
Yusef al-Mahmoud, spokesperson for the PA government in Ramallah, said on Sunday that the festival was one of Israel’s tools to “Judaize” Jerusalem.
“What the occupation authorities call the International Light Festival in our occupied capital is nothing but another of the tools of Judaization that the occupation authorities are working to impose,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
The Palestinians have long been accusing Israel of working towards emphasizing Jerusalem’s Jewish character while seeking to erase its “Arab and Islamic identity.”
“The truth requires that the festival be called the Festival of Dimness and not the Festival of Light,” al-Mahmoud said. “The occupation is working to use all means, including the light and its aesthetics, to serve its black goals...”