On Sunday, Queen Rania of Jordan urged everyone to demand a ceasefire in Gaza, accusing those who are against it of “endorsing and justifying the death of thousands of civilians.”
While in Amman, Queen Rania addressed US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s denial of a ceasefire in a detailed interview with CNN’s Becky Anderson.
Blinken claimed that a ceasefire in Gaza would just encourage further Hamas strikes after meeting with Arab leaders on Saturday.
A ceasefire needs to be called for collectively, and some people who oppose it claim that it will benefit Hamas, according to Queen Rania. But by doing so, they are essentially downplaying the deaths and, in actuality, supporting and legitimizing the deaths of thousands of civilians. That is just not totally rational, ethically repugnant, and shortsighted.
Even if Israel were to completely destroy Hamas, the organization’s unlawful occupation, repeated violations of human rights, unauthorized settlements, and contempt for international law and UN resolutions would remain the main causes of this conflict. It is possible to eliminate the combatant but not the cause if the underlying problems are not addressed.
“What catastrophic humanitarian situation is there in Gaza?” Queen Rania questioned, lamenting the number of lives lost before the world’s conscience takes notice? Or has it been dormant for all time with regard to the Palestinians?