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Queen Rania Expresses Concern Over Perceived Double Standard in Responses to Recent Conflicts




In a recent interview with CNN, Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan voiced her concerns regarding what she sees as a "glaring double standard" in the international community's response to recent conflicts in the Middle East. The Queen specifically pointed to the Western world's swift condemnation of the Hamas attack on October 7, contrasting it with the relative silence and lack of calls for a ceasefire during Israel's military operations in Gaza.


"When October 7 happened, the world immediately and unequivocally stood by Israel and its right to defend itself and condemned the attack that happened. But what we’re seeing in the last couple of weeks, we're seeing silence in the world," she told CNN.


Queen Rania questioned the inconsistency in international responses, asking, "Are we being told that it is wrong to kill a family, an entire family, at gunpoint, but it’s OK to shell them to death? I mean, there is a glaring double standard here." She further expressed her shock at this contrast, stating, "It is just shocking to the Arab world."


The Jordanian Queen criticized world leaders for not calling for a ceasefire amidst Israel's "indiscriminate bombardment of Gaza." She emphasized that the silence on this issue has not gone unnoticed, and many in the Arab world perceive the Western world as complicit through their support of Israel.


Queen Rania highlighted the unity of the people of Jordan in their grief and conveyed her disbelief at the distressing images emerging from Gaza, where civilian lives have been affected by the ongoing violence.


The international community's response to the recent conflict has been a subject of debate and varied statements. While U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken called for "humanitarian pauses" to allow aid to reach civilians in Gaza, the U.S. President, Joe Biden, initially called for a "ceasefire" but later clarified his stance. Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for an "immediate humanitarian ceasefire" in the ongoing conflict.


The observations and concerns raised by Queen Rania reflect the complexity and sensitivities surrounding the Israel-Gaza conflict and the differing viewpoints within the international community.

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