Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai condemned GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s call to ban Muslims.
“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.
On December 7, the leading candidate suggested “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” The demands came after a Muslim couple with ties to radical Islam murdered 14 people in San Bernardino, CA.
Malala also said his behavior might “radicalise more terrorists” and asked politicians to have “more caution.”
“If your intention is to stop terrorism, do not try to blame the whole population of Muslims for it because it cannot stop terrorists,” she said.
On October 9, 2012, the Taliban attempted to kill Malala with a bullet to the head because she spoke out about life under Taliban occupation, including anonymous blogs at the BBC and graduating to interviews with The New York Times. Malala barely survived, but became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace prize and is an advocate for education for women and girls.
Malala and her family were at an event in Birmingham to commemorate the one year anniversary of the Taliban attack on a Pakistani school. Militants slaughtered 134 children in the attack, mainly targeting those who had parents in the military.
“There are these terrorist attacks happening, for example what happened in Paris or what happened in Peshawar a year ago,” continued Malala. “It’s not just needed in Pakistan but across the world. If we want to end terrorism, we need to bring quality education so we defeat the mindset of terrorism mentality and of hatred.”