Queen Rania of Jordan takes swipe at Joe Biden in new statement

Queen Rania and Joe Biden

Queen Rania launches attack on Joe Biden

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Dorothy Reddin

By Dorothy Reddin

Published: 25/10/2023

- 15:29

The Jordanian Queen left a scathing review of the "Western world"

Queen Rania of Jordan has taken a swipe at Joe Biden for "not calling for a ceasefire" in Gaza.

On October 7, Hamas militants entered Southern Israel from the Gaza Strip and killed more than 1,400 people, according to the Associated Press news agency.

Israel responded by bombarding the Gaza Strip more severely than it had ever done.

By the 19th day of the conflict, the AP reported that 5,791 Palestinians had died, citing the Hamas-run Health Ministry.

Queen Rania

Queen Rania has Palestinian parents


In the West Bank, another 96 Palestinians lost their lives.

Queen Rania, who was born in Kuwait to Palestinian parents, told CNN: "Are we being told that it is wrong to kill a family, an entire family, at gunpoint—but it's okay to shell them to death?

"I mean, there is a glaring double standard here.

"And it's just shocking to the Arab world.

Joe Biden

Joe Biden has issued support for Israel


​"This is the first time in modern history that there is such human suffering and the world is not even calling for a ceasefire.

"So the silence is deafening and to many in the region it makes the Western world complicit through their support and through the cover that they give Israel that it's just trying to defend itself.

"Many in the Arab world are looking at the Western world as not just tolerating this but aiding and abetting it."

Queen Rania's remarks followed Biden's questioning last week over whether there should be a deal to swap the release of hostages for a ceasefire.

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Biden said: "We should have a ceasefire—not a ceasefire—we should have those hostages released and then we can talk."

Rania added: "Palestinian mothers love their children just as much as any other mother.

"I cannot begin to describe to you the depth of the grief, the pain and the shock that we are feeling here in Jordan.

"All of us are united in this grief regardless of our origin."

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