Queen Rania of Jordan (53 years old) strongly opposes what she sees as the negligence of Western countries in the conflict between Israel and Hamas.
In exclusive CNN interview Queen Rania, along with her correspondent Christiane Amanpour, criticized Western leaders for not condemning the Israeli counterattack on Gaza and the deadly result for the civilian population.
– People across the Middle East, including Jordan, are shocked and disappointed by the world’s response to the ongoing disaster. Queen Rania says in the interview: In recent weeks, we have witnessed a blatant double standard in the world.
It also notes that the world “immediately and unreservedly supported” Israel’s right to defend itself and condemned the attack on the country on Saturday, October 7.
– But what we see in the past two weeks is silence in the world, says the Queen.
It then points to the devastation caused by Israel’s response to the Hamas attack and siege of Gaza.
Israel controls the borders surrounding Gaza and now prevents medicine, fuel, food, water and electricity from reaching its population of 2.3 million people.
Egypt also closed its borders with Gaza.
Silence makes the West complicit
Two days after the surprise attack on Israel, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant announced a complete siege of Gaza.
“We are fighting human animals and we have to act accordingly,” Gallant said of Hamas during an October 9 press conference.
Nearly half of the Gaza Strip’s population are children. Among them are more than a hundred Norwegian children, who the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed are now detained in Gaza.
– This is the first time in modern history that such human suffering has been witnessed, and the world is not even calling for a truce, says Queen Rania in an interview with CNN.
– The silence is deafening – and for many in our region, the silence makes the Western world an accomplice.
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– Clear double standards
The Hamas-controlled Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza estimates that nearly 6,000 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli attacks – including more than 2,000 children. The United Nations also points out these numbers.
At least 35 UN staff were also killed. CNN writes.
Report: 7,000 sick and wounded are at risk of death in Gaza hospitals Al Jazeera Wednesday. This estimate was announced by the spokesman for the Ministry of Health in Gaza, Ashraf Al-Qudra.
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The visibly shaken Queen wonders the difference between threatening and killing a family with a firearm and bombing someone to death.
– There are clear double standards here. It is shocking to the Arab world.
Israel, for its part, said its targets were Hamas fighters and accused the group of hiding behind the civilian population.
Palestinian mothers love their children equally
The Queen of Jordan has four children and is a prominent activist for women’s and children’s rights.
She was dubbed “the new Diana” when she married Prince Abdullah, who is now King of Jordan.
She opposed honor killings and in 1995 created an organization to support disadvantaged children and poor families in her homeland.
– I just want to remind the world that Palestinian mothers love their children like any other mother in the world, she says in an interview with CNN.
Forbes magazine ranked Queen Rania as one of the most influential women in the world. Tribal leaders in Jordan have criticized her for having too much power.
She has also been criticized for using state funds to promote her image abroad.
– The apartheid system
In an interview with CNN, she noted that the conflict in the Middle East is about something more than just “Israel is at war.”
This is a 75-year-old history dominated by the death and displacement of the Palestinian people. It is a story of occupation under an apartheid regime that occupies lands, demolishes homes, confiscates property, military actions and night raids.
Queen Rania believes that the only path to peace is an independent Palestine.
– There is only one path, which is the establishment of a free, sovereign and independent Palestine that can live side by side in peace and security with the State of Israel.
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