Diorio is responding to public criticism of her public views, and you will notice that she sees this whole issue as mostly about herself rather than Kay.
The headline she gives her article “Fence Sitting is Not in My Nature” – coupled with a photo of a fence, with a sign saying “Do not sit on the fence,” and the caption she adds that she is sitting on the fence – ought to give you some idea of the attitude Diorio has chosen to adopt and convey in this tragic discussion. If you read the headline, photo and caption alone, you would have no idea what her article is about, except that Diorio is very consciously headstrong.
Diorio is good on most issues – from the need for Christians to support Israeli believers in principle, to the threats of terrorism, to the practical concerns of congregations in Israel day-to-day – so it is a shame that this time she is so wide of the mark this time.
Diorio stepped into an online discussion, supporting CATC by suggesting it was not appropriate for this Jewish terror victim Kay to speak at CATC 2014. However it was CATC that rebuffed her in 2012 when the wounds were fresh. In any case, the Jewish victim had not blamed all Palestinians for what a Palestinian terror cell had done to her and her murdered Christian friend. Diorio’s lack of attention to detail here is noticeable in that error, as well as missing the point many commented to her about.
So when Kay sought to explain herself further, Diorio did not stick around for long, nor did she seek reconciliation with her. Instead, Diorio rushed to her blog to pen a poisoned piece, presuming to know the victim’s intentions.
Tragedy is multiplied when unfulfilled revenge (bitterness) is given the platform to vent continually in the name of victimhood.
The implications are clear: Kay is the Bad Survivor, whom Diorio implies is motivated by bitterness and hatred. By contrast, the Good Survivor is Ami Ortiz – a child nearly murdered by a Jewish terrorist.
Diorio treats these poor victims as characters in her narrative, and her new blog post is a cynical exercise in Machiavellian writing, as she tries to use prayers said for Ami Ortiz as a propaganda weapon against a terror victim whom she wants to stay silent. It is almost as if, once having written about these characters, Donna feels she exerts a certain control over their stories.
When Diorio copies and pastes from other people’s newsletters, it is generally harmless. Yet this time, Diorio has blogged publicly about a private Israeli newsletter supportive of the Jewish victim, just in order to criticise it.
The tone of her article suggests a laced contempt for victims who don’t fit Donna’s narrative as she would like them to.
Sadly, until she issues an apology on her blog for defaming a terror survivor, we feel that Israeli ministries should think twice before giving Diorio permission to summarise their private newsletters on the internet, lest she uses them to further an unpleasant narrative whereby Jewish victims like Kay are portrayed without evidence as bitter and twisted.