A Muslim businessman in Iraq has put up the tallest Christmas tree in the city in a show of solidarity with Christians.
Yassir Saad told the Associated Press this week that he wanted to come together with “our Christian brothers in their holiday celebrations and helping Iraqis forget their anguish, especially the war in Mosul.”
The tree is 85 feet tall and 33 feet wide and stands in Baghdad’s al-Zawra Park. It costs about $24,000, Saad said. The True Origin of Christmas, Child Sacrifice, Nimrod, Christmas Tree, Santa
Islamic radicals routinely target Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq.
In many places, Islamic State militants have taken to burning thousands of homes before surrendering the occupied territories, leaving no place for the displaced Christians to return to.