Khan strongly condemned the President’s travel restrictions, which blocked travellers from entering the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries. But the Labour mayor was left embarrassed after he was reminded he personally welcomed leaders from states who impose their own bans.
With foreign dignitaries from more than 100 countries attending a diplomatic reception at City Hall last month, London Assembly member Andrew Boff took the time ahead of the event to remind the Mayor that many of his guests have blocked Israelis travelling to their country.
“I sincerely hope the Mayor will use tonight’s reception to highlight the discrimination faced by Israeli citizens in the even countries represented at the event,” said Mr Boff.
“I full support the Mayor’s condemnation of President Trump’s divisive travel but he should also be willing to condemn these countries.”
Andrew Boff laid into Sadiq Khan for failing to challenge nations of their ban on Israelis
Sadiq Khan has had the opportunity of addressing those comments directly, but he chose not to do so
Mr Khan entertained officials from Bangladesh, Brunei, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Pakistan, Sudan, United Arab Emirates and Yemen – all nations which have imposed a ban on Israeli nationals.
According to the Evening Standard, Mr Khan was expected to say: “I’ve been clear that President Trump’s actions are unacceptable for a liberal, open democracy, like America, and we can’t be seen to be endorsing them in any way.
“As an international community, I believe we have a responsibility to show moral leadership and so my ask of you tonight is this: join me in speaking out against the ban.”
Speaking at the London Assembly alleged that his colleague failed to raise the point to his guests over their own travel bans.
Mr Boff blasted: “Sadiq Khan has had the opportunity of addressing those comments directly to the problem, but he chose not to do so.
“Now, there are two interpretations of that: one, because he doesn’t care. Two, because he’s not brave enough to look people in the eye and tell them when they wrong.”
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UK Reacts To Trump's 'Muslim' Travel Ban Mon, January 30, 2017
President Trump signed an executive order banning immigration to the USA from seven 'muslim' countries. This led to protests across America and, now, the UK.
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Britons protest against US President Trump's executive order on immigration
The Conservative politician then said his party would file an amendment challenging their Labour counterparts to u-turn on leader’s comments and apologise for the lack of action after Mr Khan “flunked” his chance to solve the issue.
The former Ukip leader, prior to the meeting, tweeted: “Why are there 11 diplomats from nations that ban Jewish Israelis at your meeting tonight?
“Why don’t you oppose them? Hypocrite.”
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