“The people all around the Middle East, including in Jordan, we are just shocked and disappointed by the world's reaction to this catastrophe that is unfolding,” Queen Rania told CNN's Christiane Amanpour.
She also said people in the Middle East were 'shocked and disappointed by the world's reaction' to Israel's bombings of Gaza.
She did not hold back her words in calling out what she termed a “glaring double standard” over the western world’s collective condemnation of the Hamas attack on October 7 when compared with its response to Israel's bombing of Gaza.
In a world exclusive, @QueenRania of Jordan spoke with me about the ongoing bombing of Gaza, civilian deaths, the massacres of October 7, and what she calls “a glaring double standard” in the west’s reaction to all this. Watch our full conversation. pic.twitter.com/68QUO3Vez9— Christiane Amanpour (@amanpour) October 24, 2023
“This is the first time in modern history that there is such human suffering and the world is not even calling for a ceasefire,” she said. “So the silence is deafening – and to many in our region, it makes the western world complicit.
“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 said. “It is just shocking to the Arab world.”
“I cannot begin to describe to you the depth of the grief, the pain, and the shock that we are feeling here in Jordan,” she said.
“All of us are united in this grief, regardless of our origin. We just can’t believe the images that we’re seeing every single day coming out of Gaza.
“As a mother, we've seen Palestinian mothers who have to write the names of their children on their hands because the chances of them being shelled to death, of their bodies turning into corpses are so high,” she said.
“I just want to remind the world that Palestinian mothers love their children just as much as any other mother in the world. And for them to have to go through this is just unbelievable.”