Nearly a week after Donald Trump proposed a ban on Muslim immigration to the United States, Nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai slammed the Republican presidential candidate’s xenophobic ideology.
“Well that’s really tragic that you hear these comments which are full of hatred, full of this ideology of being discriminative towards others,” said the 18-year-old student activist, who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012 after she had publicly advocated education for girls.
She made the comments during a ceremony held in Birmingham, U.K., in remembrance of the 134 children killed in a Taliban attack on a Pakistani school a year ago.
Malala’s father Ziauddin Yousafzai also criticized Trump, saying it’s wrong to tar an entire community with the same brush of extremism.
“It will be very unfair, very unjust that we associate 1.6 billion with a few terrorist organizations,” he said, referring to the number of Muslims worldwide.
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“There are these terrorist attacks happening, for example what happened in Paris or what happened in Peshawar a year ago,” Malala said, referring to the Paris attacks that killed 130 people.
She went on to add education — and not discrimination, as suggested by Trump — is the right way to combat terrorism.
“If we want to end terrorism we need to bring quality education so we defeat the mindset of the terrorism mentality and of hatred.”