- Rania says that being pro-Palestine is not equivalent to being anti-Semite.
- The queen says Israel is solely responsible for its crimes.
- Queen Rania’s comments came in response to Blinken’s statement.
Jordan’s Queen Rania Al Abdullah has urged a ceasefire in Gaza, saying anti-Semitism is being weaponized to silence any criticism of Israel.
“What we have seen in recent years is that anti-Semitism is being weaponized to silence any criticism of Israel,” Rania said during an interview. cnn on Sunday.
Israel declared a complete siege of Gaza and has since the October 7 attack by Hamas has killed nearly 1,000 Palestinians and injured 32,000 civilians, including children and women.
Speaking in support of the lives of Palestinians, Queen Rania said that being pro-Palestine does not equate to being anti-Semitic or pro-terrorism.
“Let me be very clear. Being pro-Palestine does not mean being anti-Semitic, being pro-Palestine does not mean you are pro-Hamas or pro-terrorism,” he said.
“I want to completely and wholeheartedly condemn anti-Semitism and Islamophobia… but I also want to remind everyone that Israel does not represent all Jewish people around the world. Israel is a state and alone is responsible for its crimes.
Rania’s comments come after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the ceasefire would allow Hamas to regroup and launch another attack on Israel.
Blinken made the comments at a summit in Jordan on Saturday, where Arab leaders called for an immediate end to the fighting.
Rania said that not accepting the ceasefire was “supporting and justifying” the deaths of civilians.
“I know some people who are against the ceasefire argue that it will help Hamas. However, I think that in that logic, they are inherently dismissing the death, in fact, even supporting and justifying the death of thousands of civilians, and that’s just morally reprehensible,” she said.