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Posted at 1:20 PM ET, 02/ 9/2011

Queen Rania angers Jordan tribes

By Melissa Bell
Queen Rania
Queen Rania of Jordan in a 2002 photograph. (Jamal Nasrallah/Associated Press)

In an unprecedented move, tribes in Jordan have lodged a public criticism of a member of the royal family.

Although the unrest in the Middle East has inspired protests in Jordan, the demonstrators had been careful not to attack the royal family. Any criticism of the royal family could result in a three-year prison sentence.

However, 36 tribes have issued a public statement accusing Queen Rania, King Abdullah II's wife, of "corruption." The tribes make up about 40 percent of the population and wield considerable political sway.

"We call on the king to return to the treasury land and farms given to the Yassin family (of the queen). The land belongs to the Jordanian people," 36 tribal leaders said this week in a joint statement, Agence France-Presse reports.

Queen Rania, a Palestinian by birth, is an international celebrity and has been often noted for her commitment to charity work geared toward women's education.

However, her international fame has led to homegrown criticism. The statement criticizes her lavish lifestyle and suggests she has helped relocate thousands of Palestinians to Jordan. AFP said there are fears that the addition of more Palestinians would "facilitate Israeli plans to turn Jordan into a substitute homeland for the Palestinians."

Here's Queen Rania talking about the importance of women's education in September:

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Comments

After reading the story about Queen Rania and then watching her images/photos, I felt the awe and shock that George W.Bush felt when he bombed Baghdad in March of 2003! From the way she looks and dresses,it is hard to believe that this "beauty" is an Arab and Muslim Queen who lives in an Arab and Muslim country! No wonder that 36 tribes got "offended". They are not used to see such beauties and they don't deserve to have a queen like her! She is a beauty who might find a more comfort in a place like Paris where, I'm sure, she would be a successful model!

Posted by: editor4tonio | February 9, 2011 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Talking about George Bush, I felt the anger he must have felt when he had 9/ll dumped on him because Clinton was too busy being a hound dog and did not pay attention to world crisis like the USS Cole bombing, and the embassy bombing. This is what happens when you are a weak president, the muslim terrorist sniffed his weakness and hence we had this 9ll disaster. Yes Rainia is beautiful, but she had better be careful, sounds like the tribes like their women behind veils and subsurvient.

Posted by: mightyheidi | February 9, 2011 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Uhhhh, Heidi, if they "sniffed Clinton's weakness," why did they wait until 9 months into Bush's presidency to attack? Eh?

Posted by: Pamsm | February 9, 2011 8:23 PM | Report abuse

I have Jordanian friends and have long known of how unpopular she and her family are in Jordan. Jordan is such a poor country. They can't afford what they call the "king's expensive wife." I ignore her. She puts on a good act aimed at the Western media. By the way, the king isn't viewed in a very popular light either. Jordan is due for some political and economic changes. After all, the poor people can't eat her outrageously expensive gowns. I've spent time in Jordan, love the people and the country is beautiful, much better than these two royal phonies.

Posted by: Dcgrl | February 9, 2011 10:56 PM | Report abuse

my response to editor4tonio, first of all i have nothing against the queens. but i want tell you that i am one of these tribes, we do have such beauty and class you just have to open up to others.

Posted by: ammanski | February 10, 2011 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Or maybe Heidi--just maybe, when President Bush got the Presidential Daily Briefing entitled "Bin Laden Determined to Attack in the US" about seven months into his presidency if he had done something other than go on vacation--9/11 could have been avoided and 3,500 plus Americans killed in those attacks and the thousands killed since in Afghanistant and Iraq would still be alive and we wouldn't be in a big financial hole from fighting two wars. Probably, if President Clinton had been able to run for and win a third term that would have happened--but it didn't in the one where George Bush was the president who ignored the warning about Bin Laden.

Heid's original post:
Talking about George Bush, I felt the anger he must have felt when he had 9/ll dumped on him because Clinton was too busy being a hound dog and did not pay attention to world crisis like the USS Cole bombing, and the embassy bombing. This is what happens when you are a weak president, the muslim terrorist sniffed his weakness and hence we had this 9ll disaster. Yes Rainia is beautiful, but she had better be careful, sounds like the tribes like their women behind veils and subsurvient.

Posted by: mightyheidi | February 9, 2011 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Prosperity2008 | February 10, 2011 10:08 AM | Report abuse

She reminds me of Camille Grammer.

Posted by: SoCali | February 10, 2011 10:14 AM | Report abuse

36 members of a Jordanian tribe do not speak for 6 million Jordanians.
Her Majesty has done alot to promote Education in Jordan, as well as promoting tourism and our beautiful country

Posted by: yasmeenkhoury6 | February 10, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse

just to respond to the first, editor4tonio, please pay attention to this there is a rule that was mentioned in this article:"Any criticism of the royal family could result in a three-year prison sentence."
lot of people in Jordan are afraid to criticise the royal family the Journalist who published this information in Jordan her name is Randa Habib now is in touble because she used her right in Free Speach, which doesn't exist in Jordan. And,this journalist is in trouble by Queen Rania. I think what you are saying is false. Arabic women are the most beautiful women in my opinion and you need to open your mind and why don't go and see by yourself before you defend your "Lovely Queen", Corruption exist in Jordan. People there are afraid to say it. Your wonderful Phonie queen of yours may fool you but she can't fool the world. She definately can't fool the wonderful good beautiful people of Jordan.I think someone needs to check on the author or RANDA HABIB to see what happened to her and to hear her part of the story before you judge the Jordanian people. This Queen lives in the LA LA land sheis out of touch ....
Thanks

Posted by: alicehand | February 12, 2011 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Randa Habib writes a daily editorial in the local english newspaper published in Amman, so how is that for freedom of press?
Alot of people are claiming to speak for the Jordanian people and for what may or may not be happening in our country.
I am a proud Jordanian; Jordan has it challenges, but it has also has alot of achievements, and a queen who is working to promote education (tribes included) to end poverty gets my support!Jordan's greatest resource is its people, and her work in education, women empowerment and tourism is making a difference

Posted by: yasmeenkhoury6 | February 12, 2011 5:28 PM | Report abuse

From Jordanian tribal culture, Queen Rania is respected just being the king's wife, no matter what.
Jordan is a strong tribal country with two separate and different images , one for the west - mainly PR images - , the other real one ; for Jordan.
Queen Rania is no exception. She is a very strong business oriented lady. She did not create anything new that did not exist before.
She became a Queen to a country that is already very superficial ( images, last names and connection to tribal system , are the core values that measures the importance of a Jordanian ). Queen Rania did not start and create such abnormal core values, she just embraced and applied them all the the way to Opera.
She was born a Palestinian. Jordanian tribes are not against what she does , own, and\ or represent but rather envy her.
Tribes just can't be against something that they ve been doing for ages.
When hearing the tribes complain about the Queen, never hear them asking to eliminate what the Queen is doing as a " system " .
They ask for the Queen personally to stop doing what she does that annoy them.
Jordanian tribal system does not acknowledge icons ( icons are threats ... why? not sure , i guess it is part of the competing tribes' mentality ).
The Hashemite royal family is what makes Jordan a country , otherwise it is an area with scattered tribes here and there.
Keep Jordan a country, if things need to be corrected , do it as a systematic approach not a wicked personal approach.

Posted by: samss24 | February 13, 2011 5:32 AM | Report abuse

This is not about her being Palestinian or female. It is about her influence and the influence of the corrupt regime and the way they are corrupting society. Do not be fooled by the western appearances, champagne-sipping couple and the British accents. These are thugs like any other autocratcs in the regions and they are propped up by a fiereceless security apparatus. Anyone who stands in the way of their corruption ends up in Jail (refer to the Jordan Petroleum Refinery case as an example - see link bottom of page). It is also about her meddling in political affairs. Even the USA amabassador to Jordan reported in one of his cables (released by Wikileads) how she "chimed in" discussions and that she was providing unsolicited and unwelcome opinions or in other words interfering in the meeting. Here is the link to the Wikileak cable:

http://213.251.145.96/cable/2008/03/08AMMAN869.html

The real issue here is that of legitimacy and competency. The Hashemites have had around 90 years to prove their worth and introduce reforms, and they have failed miserably. Time for someone else to give it a go. With what has happened in Egypt, nothing will stay the same!

http://sinairosefinch.wordpress.com

Posted by: Josep_abukalabcha | February 13, 2011 5:38 AM | Report abuse

To (editor4tonio), she is all yours in Paris, but I do not think that you French can afford or accept to pay all her expenses from your own pockets. as we are Jordanian are saying now that all corruption must be stopped NOW, from her and all other influential people in the country.

regarding beauty, yes Arab Women are very beautiful but they prefer to be judged by their character and intellectual not bodies.


Posted by: loyalJo | February 13, 2011 5:15 PM | Report abuse

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