The calls were part of a growing global backlash against Trump's proposal that cut across nationalities and religions, and began to hit the real estate mogul's brand in the Middle East.

Although Israeli politicians demanded Trump be blocked from a planned visit, a Dec 28 meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was still on.

In addition to the online petition calling for a ban on Trump from the United Kingdom, a Scottish University revoked his honorary degree.

Even China weighed in with indirect criticism of Trump's comments, which have been condemned by the White House, US congressional leaders, the United Nations, the Prime Ministers of France and Britain, a wide array of human and civil rights groups and many of Trump's Republican rivals and potential Democratic opponents in the November 2016 US Presidential election.

In China, home to about 20 million Muslims, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said she could not comment on internal US matters but said China believed "the international community should make a concerted effort to fight terrorism, and at the same time we have always opposed linking terrorism to any specific ethnic group or religion."

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