During the “Amanpour & Company” program on CNN, Tuesday, Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, who is of Palestinian origin, proposed In an interview with CNN veteran Christiane Amanpour.
During the interview, the Queen came out strongly against what she described as “double standards” in Western media coverage of the war between Israel and Gaza.
– It has been very disappointing to see double standards in the world today. “We see strong condemnation of what happened on October 7, but very little condemnation of what is happening today,” the queen said via video call from Amman, Jordan.
The Queen also wonders why an immediate ceasefire is not called, and why, in her view, the narrative is always skewed in Israel’s favour.
Western media and decision-makers are rushing to retell the Israeli story. She says that when Israel attacks, Palestinians “die,” but when Israelis die, they are brutally murdered.
Although the 53-year-old has long been an advocate for the rights of the Palestinian people, the queen has taken an unusually tough stance, something rarely seen among members of the royal family.
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Queen Rania, among other things, described the Israeli bombing of Gaza as a “large-scale massacre.” She also criticized Joe Biden for his statement after the October 7 attack on Israel.
– When the President of the United States says he saw evidence of children being beheaded, he retracts it because the IDF has stated that there is no evidence of that, that is confirmation bias, she says.
Furthermore, the Queen addresses Christiane Amanpour and CNN directly and criticizes the CNN issue with a headline about Israeli children found slaughtered on a kibbutz.
– When you read the case, there is no confirmation of the information. My question is, would you have published such a damning and unconfirmed claim from Palestine? The queen says, before broadcaster Amanpour interrupts her:
Queen Rania, I have to stop you here, because pictures were shown from the Israeli authorities and our journalists were there. “I’m not talking about beheadings, I’m talking about children’s bodies filled with bullets,” Amanpour says.
Then the presenter quickly tries to change the subject.
– The silence is deafening
In the interview, the Queen spoke about the Arab world’s reaction to the numerous air strikes against Gaza in recent weeks. The Queen says many have a feeling that the Western world is “complicit” in the mass killing of civilians.
We were told that it was wrong to shoot and kill a family at close range, but it was okay to bomb them to death, Queen Rania says and adds:
– This is the first time in modern history that such human suffering has been so great, and the world is not even demanding a ceasefire. The silence is deafening.
In the interview, Amanpour warned the Queen that she would “receive a lot of criticism from Israel and its supporters” for describing Israel as an apartheid state.
Let me just emphasize that apartheid was not a term coined by Arab countries, but rather by Israelis and international human rights organizations. “This is a 75-year-old story of death and overwhelming displacement for the Palestinian people,” says the Queen, adding:
– There is a great obsession now with Hamas because of what happened in recent weeks. But this is a problem that goes far beyond Hamas, and will outlast Hamas. This is a fight for freedom and justice.
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