Prince Harry will soon have an “intimate” public conversation with a left-wing trauma expert who previously compared Hamas terrorists to those who rose from the Warsaw Ghetto.
Gabor Maté, 79, who has previously congratulated individuals named in the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Top Ten Anti-Semites of the Year for making the list, has a long history of publicized anti-Israel sentiment.
This weekend, Maté will take part in a livestreamed discussion with the Prince about “living with loss and the importance of personal healing.”
It’s unclear whether Prince Harry is personally aware of how controversial a character Maté is, but Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center told the Jewish Chronicle“Whoever made the arrangements for this person to appear with Prince Harry has done him no favours.”
“If Prince Harry knew this man’s track record and still chose him for the interview, our Center would criticize the Prince for such an inappropriate choice,” he continued.
Prince Harry to have ‘intimate’ public conversation with virulent anti-Zionist Gabor Maté about healing and loss
Gabor Maté, 79, who has previously congratulated individuals named in the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Top Ten Anti-Semites of the Year for making the list, has a long history of publicized anti-Israel sentiment
Maté is a Holocaust survivor and Harry, as described in his recently published memoir “Spare,” went public through grief after losing his mother Princess Diana.
When Maté was five years old, his maternal grandparents were murdered in Auschwitz. A year later, his mother left him with a stranger who then saved his life.
While some of Maté’s work is based on his experience in the Holocaust, in the wake of his surviving family’s immigration to Canada, he became strongly opposed to the Jewish state of Israel.
In a 2014 article for the Toronto Star, Maté wrote, “Do the Palestinians use tunnels? My heroes too, the ill-armed warriors of the Warsaw Ghetto.’
“In impotent defiance, they fire inept rockets, terrorizing innocent Israelis, but rarely inflicting physical harm,” he wrote, defending Palestinian rocket fire against civilians of Israel.
During the most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza in the spring of 2021, Maté said on a live stream that Hamas was “nothing compared to the terrorism of the Israeli government.”
He also appeared on comedian and public intellectual Russell Brand’s podcast to say that Israel is “the longest ethnic cleansing operation in the 20th and 21st centuries.” It’s still going on.’
He further described Gaza as “the largest open-air prison in the world.”
Earlier, he elaborated on his journey from Zionist and acknowledgment of the desire for a Jewish state in the aftermath of the Holocaust to an extremely vocal critic of the “colonial” and “cruel” modern state.
In 2019, Maté defended disgraced former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn, who was accused of anti-Semitism. He called it “manipulative” to call Corbyn an anti-Semite.
“So Corbyn goes to a meeting where this Jewish person speaks, and Corbyn is accused of being an anti-Semite for being present when a Jew criticizes or points out similarities between the ghettoization of Gaza and the ghettoization of Jews,” he said.
He added that he believed Corbyn had been the victim of a “witch hunt” and “Israeli assassination.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been on a global publicity tour for both Harry’s memoir, Spare, and their Netflix documentary
Dr. Gabor Maté spoke to Russell Brand in 2021 about the ‘ethnic cleansing operation’ underway in Israel
Israeli soldiers patrol the streets of the town of Hawara, south of Nablus, in the occupied West Bank in March 2023
Palestinian elderly man argues with Israeli soldiers while raising the Palestinian flag during a protest on March 2, 2023
Pro-Palestinian activists and supporters set off smoke flares, wave flags and carry placards during a demonstration in support of the Palestinian cause as violence escalates in the ongoing conflict with Israel, outside the Israeli Embassy in central London on May 15 2021
German soldiers fighting the Polish Home Army (Armia Krajowa), the Polish resistance movement, during the Warsaw Uprising, Poland, August 1944
Also during the recent conflict, Maté Grayzone – a far-left, pro-Kremllin news outlet – praised founder Max Blumenthal’s statement that “(Israelis) grow up in a certain ideological framework in which the Arab is less than human.”
Rabbi Cooper said Maté is a “Holocaust survivor whose worldview sets him apart from 99 percent of world Jewry.”
“I presume the prince was unaware of this person’s political bias, his hatred of the Jewish state, his outrage with anti-Semites, and his cover for Hamas terrorists.”