Jerusalem: The office of the speaker of Israel`s parliament says he has rejected a Christian lawmaker`s request to publically display a Christmas tree in the building.
Eran Sidis, a spokesman for Yuli Edelstein, said today that the speaker rejected yesterday`s request, but said the parliamentarian could display a Christmas tree in his office and his party`s conference room.
Sidis denied the rejection was connected to Israel`s Jewish character. He said displaying the tree until Orthodox Christmas January 7 would be too long.
Hanna Swaid, a Christian opposition lawmaker from Israel`s Arab minority, said a Christmas tree would promote multiculturalism and freedom of religion.
There have been previous bans on public Christmas tree displays. The mayor of a Jewish town bordering Nazareth has previously refused them, though some Christians live there.