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Caitlyn Jenner attacks transgender troop ban in front of Trump’s closest allies

Transgender rights advocate and former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner delivers a speech during the 2017 Web Summit in Lisbon on November 9, 2017. Europe's largest tech event Web Summit is being held at Parque das Nacoes in Lisbon from November 6 to November 9. / AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)

Caitlyn Jenner has used an honour for her commitment to the state of Israel to challenge Donald Trump’s proposed ban on transgender troops.

The transgender reality star was awarded the Champion of Israel and LGBTQ Rights Award at the World Values Network’s (WVN) Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala.

The organisation, headed by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, aims to annually recognise individuals who “honour human rights and defend the protections and values of democracies like Israel.”

Jenner, formerly a prominent backer of the US President, shared the night with fellow winner Sean Spicer, who served as White House Press Secretary in 2017.

“I really feel like a true measure of a country’s character is how they treat their minorities,” Jenner told the event.

“For the entire Middle East and the rest of the world, Israel is a beacon of hope.

“In a region where entire religions are banned, women are persecuted, gay men are sentenced to death, Israel is a long-standing refuge for the LGBT people,” she continued.

“What I really like about the Jewish community is how they are so committed to family,” she added. “For me, I am very blessed to have a very large family.”

Transgender rights advocate and former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner delivers a speech during the 2017 Web Summit in Lisbon on November 9, 2017. Europe's largest tech event Web Summit is being held at Parque das Nacoes in Lisbon from November 6 to November 9. / AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Jenner also praised Israel for not banning LGBT people in its military – citing Trump’s incoming ban on trans US troops.

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