Jordan queen suggests Israeli children weren’t butchered by Hamas during Oct. 7 onslaught

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan addresses the Web Summit technology conference in Lisbon, Portugal, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan addresses the Web Summit technology conference in Lisbon, Portugal, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

Jordan’s Queen Rania suggests that Israeli children may not have been butchered and that babies weren’t beheaded during Hamas’s October 7 onslaught, during a CNN interview in which she avoided condemning the terror group and accused the West of applying a “double standard” to the detriment of Palestinians.

“The CNN website at the beginning of the conflict reported a headline of Israeli children found butchered in an Israeli kibbutz and when you read through the story, it hasn’t been independently verified,” she says.

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour pushes back, saying there has been plenty of evidence proving the murderous brutality directed at children and other people of all ages during the assault in southern Israel.

Rania focuses on the Palestinian suffering that has escalated in Gaza since the opening attack.

“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. In the last couple of weeks, we have seen a glaring double standard in the world.

“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 says.

“This is the first time in modern history that there is such human suffering and the world is not even calling for a ceasefire,” Queen Rania adds. “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. It is just shocking to the Arab world.

“As a mom, 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,” Rania continues. “I just want to remind the world that Palestinian mothers love their children just as much as any other mother in the world.”

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