Malala Yousafzai condemned Donald Trump’s call, on Tuesday, for a complete ban on Muslims entering the U.S at an event to remember the lives of 134 children killed by the Taliban at a Pakistan school one year ago.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner said that Trump’s call for the ban earlier this month, as part of his presidential campaign, and his views on Muslims wereprejudiced.
“Well that’s really tragic that you hear these comments which are full of hatred, full of this ideology of being discriminative towards others,” she said at the event in Birmingham, U.K.
He added that such rhetoric could “radicalize more terrorists” and that politicians and the media should “not try to blame the entire population of Muslims” because “you can not stop the terrorists”, as reported by the BBC.
His father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, Trump also criticized for his comments. Referring to the number of global Muslims, he said: “It will be very unfair, very unfair to associate 1600000000 with some terrorist organizations.”
Trump political promise made after the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, where a Muslim couple shot and killed 14 people in what authorities are investigating an act of extremism, possibly inspired by the militant group Islamic State (ISIS). Republican rivals, Democrats and world leaders have strongly condemned his position.
The 18-year-old Yousafzai, shot in the head in 2012 by the Taliban in Pakistan for defending the right to education for women, in Birmingham organized the event to mark the first anniversary of the day the Taliban militants attacked the Peshawar Army public School in which over 150 people died.
A number of schools will be closed today in Pakistan on the anniversary, while a memorial service will be held at the school where the attack occurred.