Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Prize winner ever, has called Donald Trump’s plan to ban Muslims from entering the United States as being “full of hatred,” according to Yahoo News.
Trump announced his plan to temporarily ban all Muslims from entering the United States until authorities can determine “what is going on” in response to a December 2 mass shooting carried out by a Muslim man and his wife in San Bernardino, California, tragically killing 14 people, who, while appearing to be inspired by ISIS, were not directly connected to the terror group, as reported by the Inqusitr.
Malala, the 18-year-old Muslim author and human rights advocate, attended a ceremony in her Birmingham, U.K. home to remember 134 children who were killed in a schoolhouse attack in the Pakistan town of Peshawar, which hugs the Afghani border, in a terror attack carried out by Taliban thugs one year ago.
Malala, who was shot by the Taliban, comments on the problem with Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric. pic.twitter.com/tZEzCES5Mb— My Daughter's Army (@mydaughtersarmy) December 16, 2015
“Well, that’s really tragic that you hear these comments which are full of hatred, full of this ideology of being discriminative towards others,” Malala Yousafzai stated to those gathered at the ceremony.
“I can just highlight one thing. The more you speak about Islam and against all Muslims, the more terrorists we create,” Malala was quoted in a separate statement made to Channel 4. “So it’s important that whatever politicians say, whatever the media say, they should be really, really careful about it. If your intention is to stop terrorism, do not try to blame the whole population of Muslims for it because it cannot stop terrorism. It will radicalise more terrorists.”
During her interview with Jon Snow from Channel 4, Malala also expressed an appreciation for Emma Watson’s speech at the United Nations, as reported by the Inqusitr, and referred to herself as a “feminist.”
Malala Yousafzai has not been the only person to espouse a contempt for Trump’s planned ban on Muslims in the United States. Everyone from Dick Cheney, who said that Trump’s proposed Muslim ban “goes against everything” American stands for, according to the Huffington Post, to Bernie Sanders, who referred to Trump’s plan as being consistent with “demagogues through history” who have divided based on religion, sex, sexual orientation, race, and birth country, according to Alternet.
Roseanne Barr took the news as an opportunity to state a belief that Malala gave $50,000 to Hamas and that she had called Trump a “bigot,” which doesn’t appear to be true. In fact, Malala donated $50,000 to be administered by the United Nations Relief and Work Agency for the rebuilding of schools in Gaza, as reported by the Guardian.
On October 9, 2012, in the Pakistani Swat Valley, Taliban gunman entered Malala’s school bus as she was riding home from an exam and asked the children who Malala was. Once the rogues determined which innocent child she was, they shot her in the head. They did this under the orders of Fazal Hayat because Malala had the audacity to write a blog, learn to read and write, and call for the same access to education for girls as for boys, according to the Express Tribune.
Malala’s senseless assassination attempt led to over two million people signing a petition in a Right to Education campaign, lobbying the Pakistani government to mandate “free and compulsory” schooling for all children between the ages of 5- and 16-years-of-age.
November 10, 2012, was declared as Malala Day. Soon after, a Right to Education bill was passed in Pakistan. There were reported to be 5.1 million children out of school in Pakistan when the bill was ratified.
Malala now lives in the United Kingdom and continues her advocacy. In the fall of 2013, she published a book telling her story, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, listed with Amazon.
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