Jewish community turns on Abbie Chatfield after The Bachelor star says the views of Zionists aren’t welcome on her podcast: ‘I will not platform them’
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Abbie Chatfield has been slammed for openly supporting a biased point of view about the Israel-Hamas conflict on her It’s A Lot Podcast. 

The Bachelor star, 28, has covered the conflict in recent weeks by interviewing two panelists who oppose Israel’s actions, and vehemently agreeing with their points of view. 

The first was Bassem Youssef, an Egyptian comedian who condemned Israel’s efforts to eradicate Hamas by bombing terrorist headquarters in Gaza following the October 7 attacks. 

Many listeners complained that Chatfield had provided a one-sided view, and implored her to invite a Jewish perspective onto her show.  

Rather than provide a balanced coverage of the conflict, Chatfield decided to invite another anti-Zionist commentator onto her podcast over the weekend – a Jewish author named Nevo Zisin. 

Abbie Chatfield, 28, (pictured) has been slammed for openly supporting a biased point of view about the Israel-Hamas conflict on her It's A Lot Podcast

Abbie Chatfield, 28, (pictured) has been slammed for openly supporting a biased point of view about the Israel-Hamas conflict on her It’s A Lot Podcast

Chatfield shared a clip of their discussion to her Instagram on Tuesday, describing Zisin’s interview as ‘a jewish perspective’. 

90% of jews identify as Zionists, meaning that Zisin is one of just 10% of Jews who oppose Israel’s existence, according to a 2023 study by Monash University.  

Many of Chatfield’s followers have turned on her for platforming a biased point of view, and for ignoring the Zionist point of view that is held by the majority of jews. 

The Bachelor star  has tackled her coverage of the conflict in recent weeks by interviewing two panelists who oppose Israel's actions, and vehemently agreeing with their points of view. The first was Bassem Youssef (left), an Egyptian comedian who condemned Israel's efforts to eradicate Hamas by bombing terrorist headquarters in Gaza following the October 7 attacks

The Bachelor star  has tackled her coverage of the conflict in recent weeks by interviewing two panelists who oppose Israel’s actions, and vehemently agreeing with their points of view. The first was Bassem Youssef (left), an Egyptian comedian who condemned Israel’s efforts to eradicate Hamas by bombing terrorist headquarters in Gaza following the October 7 attacks

After receiving a barrage of complaints, Abbie wrote in a comment: ‘I have said I am biased. I acknowledge that. I will not platform a Zionist. I will platform Jewish voices, as requested.’ 

Her comment was soon reposted by the Australian Jewish Association (AJA), an organisation that supports Israel as the Jewish homeland.  

‘Will not platform Zionists AKA 90% of Jews?’ the AJA wrote next to Chatfield’s comment. 

Rather than provide a balanced coverage of the conflict, Chatfield decided to invite another anti-Zionist commentator onto her podcast over the weekend - a Jewish author named Nevo Zisin (pictured)

Rather than provide a balanced coverage of the conflict, Chatfield decided to invite another anti-Zionist commentator onto her podcast over the weekend – a Jewish author named Nevo Zisin (pictured) 

After receiving a barrage of complaints, Abbie wrote in a comment: 'I have said I am biased. I acknowledge that. I will not platform a Zionist. I will platform Jewish voices, as requested.' Her comment was reposted and criticised by the Australian Jewish Association

After receiving a barrage of complaints, Abbie wrote in a comment: ‘I have said I am biased. I acknowledge that. I will not platform a Zionist. I will platform Jewish voices, as requested.’ Her comment was reposted and criticised by the Australian Jewish Association 

What is Zionism?

Zionists believe in and support the right of the democratic State of Israel to exist as a Jewish homeland.

Being a Zionist is distinct from supporting the policies of the government of Israel. 

Zionism does not preclude support for Palestinian self-determination and statehood.

For some Zionists, support for a two-state solution is the realisation of self-determination for Jews and Palestinians alike.

There are also millions of non-Jews who consider themselves Zionists and supporters of the Jewish state, who are motivated by factors including religion, history, security or politics.

Source: Anti Defamation League 

Meanwhile, a popular Change.org petition is calling for Chatfield’s podcast to be removed from the LiSTNR platform for ‘spreading misinformation that harms the Jewish community and encourages anti-semitism.’ 

Despite this, Chatfield doubled down on her actions in a lengthy Instagram Story rant on Tuesday night. 

‘People [are] saying that I’m biased and therefore I should get on someone who opposes me. First of all, do you know me? Have I ever ever had on someone who opposes me, just to give them a platform?’ she said in part. 

‘Did I get on an anti vaxxer just to give them a platform? If I was to get a Zionist on it would be to debate them. Ok? It’ll be to debate them. And unfortunately, I don’t want to do that.’

On October 7, Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel killing 1,200 and taking more than 250 people hostage. 

The terror attack prompted Israel to launch an air and ground offensive against Hamas in Gaza. 

The Israeli bombardment has killed more than 14,800 in Gaza, according to the enclave’s health authorities.

The war came to a pause for the first time since October 7 on Friday when Israel and Hamas reached a four-day truce agreement, in which both sides also said they would release hostages and prisoners. 

It was set to end Monday, but was extended by two further days at the last minute.

Israel has vowed to continue the war until it destroys Hamas’ military capabilities and returns all hostages.

Meanwhile, a popular Change.org petition is calling for Chatfield's podcast to be removed from the LiSTNR platform for 'spreading misinformation that harms the Jewish community and encourages anti-semitism'

Meanwhile, a popular Change.org petition is calling for Chatfield’s podcast to be removed from the LiSTNR platform for ‘spreading misinformation that harms the Jewish community and encourages anti-semitism’ 



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