A leading anti-hate campaigner has slammed celebrity chef Pete Evans for interviewing Holocaust denier David Icke on his podcast this week.
Evans, 47, who has sparked controversy for sharing dangerous conspiracies about vaccines, COVID-19 and the 5G network, announced on Monday night that he'd just spent two 'enlightening' hours interviewing Icke, 68.
Icke is known for espousing absurd conspiracy theories, some of which relate to Holocaust denial and the idea that bloodthirsty Jewish 'lizard people' secretly control the world.
'Profoundly shameful': Dr Dvir Abramovich (left), the chairman of the Anti-Defamation Commission, has slammed Pete Evans (right) for supporting Holocaust denier David Icke by giving him a platform to spread conspiracy theories
Most recently, Icke bizarrely claimed that Jewish cultists or 'Sabbatean Frankists' were responsible for the coronavirus pandemic.
Dr Dvir Abramovich, who is the chairman of the Anti-Defamation Commission, had successfully campaigned to revoke Icke's visa to tour Australia in 2019.
While Evans' podcast interview with Icke has not yet been published, the decision to give him a platform is, according to Dr Abramovich, indefensible.
'Mr Evans may choose to put the blinders on and conveniently ignore the facts, but we won't': While Evans' podcast interview with Icke (pictured) has not yet been published, the decision to give him a platform is, according to Dr Abramovich, indefensible
Denial and distortion of the Holocaust refers, among other things, to:Intentional efforts to excuse or minimise the impact of the Holocaust or its principal elements, including collaborators and allies of Nazi Germany; Gross minimisation of the number of the victims of the Holocaust in contradiction to reliable sources; Attempts to blame the Jews for causing their own genocide; Statements that cast the Holocaust as a positive historical event. Those statements are not Holocaust denial but are closely connected to it as a radical form of antisemitism. They may suggest that the Holocaust did not go far enough in accomplishing its goal of “the Final Solution of the Jewish Question”; Attempts to blur the responsibility for the establishment of concentration and death camps devised and operated by Nazi Germany by putting blame on other nations or ethnic groups.
'It beggars belief that Mr Evans is giving a thumbs-up and mainstreaming and legitimising a hate-preacher who has a long-standing record of peddling antisemitic conspiracy theories and stomach-churning bigoted rants,' Dr Abramovich told Daily Mail Australia on Tuesday.
'Pete Evans is dead wrong on this this issue, and should do some serious soul-searching about his morally indefensible conduct.'
It is not suggested that Evans endorses the views of Icke relating to Holocaust denial or the Jewish people.
Holocaust denier: Icke (pictured) has previously advocated for Holocaust denial to be