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Donald Trump's campaign website has removed a statement calling for a ban on Muslims immigrating to the United States, The Telegraph reported Thursday.
The statement, according to The Telegraph, had been visible on the site until November 8, 2016. But the policy has since disappeared from the site and now directs visitors to the campaign's homepage.
The declaration, dated December 7, 2015, called for the "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States" which Trump argued was necessary "until [the] country's representatives can figure out what is going on."
The Trump statement also claimed that "there is great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population."
"Without looking at the various polling data," the statement continued, "it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine."
"Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life."
US Democrats were quick to lambast the proposal, who accused Trump of racism and xenophobia, and later drew a rebuke from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
"The State of Israel respects all religions and protects stringently the rights of all its citizens," a statement released by the Prime Minister's Office on December 9, 2015 said.
"At the same time Israel is struggling with extreme Islam that is attacking Muslims, Christian and Jews as one and is threatening the entire world," the PMO statement added.
Trump on Tuesday defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in a shocking upset following the 2016 election for the White House, becoming the 45th president of the United States.