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Joseph P. Weissman steps off his porch and steps hurriedly back….

by on February 24, 2014

For the prequel to this story, you’ll want to click here.

From Rosh Pina Project blog deleted but cached here (HT to SM):

Donna Diorio defames Jewish terror victim

Posted on February 23, 2014 by 

The leader of a prayer for Israel ministry, Donna Diorio, has written a misleading blog post about  Israeli terror victim Kay Wilson, undermining Kay’s powerful story of suffering.

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.

 Diorio wrote:

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.



  1. I find it presumptuous that Donna Diorio, who I have never spoken to, never met and in my understanding she has never even heard me speak publicly, appoints herself as the expert in assessing my state of heart. I also find it remarkable that this person, who to my knowledge is someone who has not endured what I have and also lacks qualifications in professional trauma counselling and clinical psychology, sees herself as qualified to evaluate my motives and my psychological condition.

    If she in fact had ever heard me speak, or bothered to read my articles, or spoken to my friends and colleagues, then she would know that I define myself as a terror “survivor,” as opposed to a continuous terror “victim.” Her ignorance is both hurtful for me yet shaming for her. I can only assume that she did not know that I am a speaker for Global Justice Group, an international NGO that advocates the rights of terror survivors, most of whom are Muslim. Likewise, she did not now that I am a speaker for American Friends of Magen Adom or One Family Together, an Orthodox Jewish NGO that helps Israeli terror survivors. I am also a public speaker for Tikvot, a volunteer-based organization which rehabilitates Israel’s victims of terror and wounded soldiers through sports. I am also part of AVE – “Against Violent Extremism – a unique project that brings those who have survived violence face to face with people who once engaged in hate crimes. I am also on an Israeli delegation in the European Union that strategises emergency help for trauma victims of natural disaster and terror attacks. Is this woman implying that these worthy organisations which I am a proud to be a part are the “Tragedy(s) that are multiplied when unfulfilled revenge (bitterness) is given the platform to vent continually in the name of victimhood? Her ignorant remarks are not just an insult to me but more gravely an indictment on these noble causes.

    As far as revenge and bitterness are concerned, I certainly do not, and will not, hold an entire people group responsible for the attack on myself. For her information, my Arab Israeli friend was the first to arrive to the hospital, a Palestinian Christian has called me weekly since the murder, my Muslim tax-driver friend, for a whole year, made himself available day and night to drive me around for no charge. I am, I believe, the only Israeli who is also on the forum for British Muslims for Secular Democracy. I am unable to see where exactly are my acts of “unfulfilled revenge” or where is the “platform” that I use “to vent continually in the name of victimhood.”

    • Hi Donna, why did you write:

      “Tragedy is multiplied when unfulfilled revenge (bitterness) is given the platform to vent continually in the name of victimhood.”

      What did you mean?

      Did you spot any inaccuracies in the blog post?


From Donna Diorio’s blog found here:


Fence Sitting is Not in My Nature

Please read my additional statement below
on the controversy stirred by this blog post.
Just in case anyone thinks I’m sitting on the fence, let me clarify:
There is no fence sitting in my track record.
When we first began to pray for the life of Ami Ortiz, who was terror bombed by a religious settler in northern Israel because of the family’s Messianic Jewish faith, one of the priority prayers after God miraculously saved Ami from certain death, was that his soul would not be eaten up in bitterness for what happened to him.Ami’s parents, David and Leah Ortiz are some of the most shining examples of Yeshua’s grace among the Israeli Body of Messiah, and indeed, in the worldwide Body of Christ.  As heartbroken and stricken as they were watching in horror what had taken place when their then 15-year old son opened a Purim gift basket that exploded with a shrapnel-loaded IED right in his hands, these parents walked out their long nightmare with a powerful and incredible grace.After the initial shock of having his body blown to bits, Ami Ortiz, to his credit, joined his parents in the grace of God not only to take care of him, but also to take care of the man who was finally arrested and eventually tried for the terrorist act.

Even though Israel refused to recognize the bombing as a terrorist act because it was Jew-on-Jew violence, thereby denying many terror benefits to Ami, the Ortiz family has fought their fight in the courts and in the public arena with a startling testimony to the grace of Yeshua. This is what it means to be a witness of the power of God through the life of the Messiah.

I bring this up because earlier this week I was attacked when I commented that I thought it was disingenuous to expect the Christ at the Checkpoint 2014 event to welcome an Israeli victim of a terror attack to speak to their gathering.

I did not see how any reasonable person could argue with that observation, but unfortunately, the terror victim took great offense, as did a popular Messianic Jewish blogger in the U.K.

In condemning my comment as somehow a betrayal, the U.K. blogger made an innuendo about my extensive writing about the Ami Ortiz terror attack.  The innuendo was that I  must only be interested when the terrorist is a religious Jew, not Palestinian terrorism. That when it came to the Arab terrorist stabbing of a Messianic Jew and her Christian hiking partner who died in the attack, that I was not interested at all.

That accusation belies the facts not only of my ministry in support of the Body of Messiah in Israel, but also my decades of writing about Islamist terrorism in Israel and the U.S.

From the moment I heard of the stabbing attack in December of 2010, my weekly prayer summary of Israeli ministry prayer requests has carried information and prayer requests for this Israeli terror victim.  That has continued all the way through to November 2013 when I last shared the request for prayers over the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder this lady suffered.
Just because someone makes accusations against others does not mean those accusations are valid.  I tried to address the accusations against me by both the terror victim and U.K. blogger, but my every word was so twisted that I finally quit trying to respond.  Fury will do that, causing the words someone else speaks to be heard differently from the intention of the speaker.In their minds, because I did not agree with making a weapon out of the refusal of the Christ at the Checkpoint to welcome this terror victim as a speaker, in their eyes I was an enemy of the truth.  This attitude gave leave to all sorts of abusive accusations and insults to be leveled at me.
This morning I opened an intercessory prayer letter out of Israel that asked for prayers against the CatC gathering.

This ministry is obviously opposed to Messianic leaders who have committed to go to these conferences over the past several years as foolishly pursuing peace.  They also asked that the newspaper column of this Messianic terror victim would convince Christians “who may be sitting on the fence about this conference.”

Last night I watched a local news channel do a terrible thing when it indulged the fury and hatred of a mother in confronting a drunk driver awaiting trial for horribly injuring her young son.  The news channel took her into the jail to confront him on camera face to face.  It was terrible to watch and it was not appropriate.

That mother will be able to confront the drunk driver in court, but doing this on camera with all her hatred and fury being unleashed on the man was extremely painful and horrifying watch.  It did not serve her well for viewers to see her unrestrained fury.

As she screamed at him how she would never forgive him and to shut up, because she was there to talk to him, not him to her, she made me feel very bad for her – and NOT in a good way. We can let the bad things that happen to us completely devour our souls. That is one reason that God says, Vengeance is mine.

It is completely understandable that this woman would be devastated by what her son was left like – nearly brain dead. But if this woman will not be completely destroyed by her own rage, then she cannot continue down the path of hatred and bitterness.

The news channel who thought this was a good idea did a great disservice to this woman and to the public. To encourage someone to rage like this for the cameras, is the ultimate lack of concern for what bitterness is doing to the soul of this mother.

Tragedy is multiplied when unfulfilled revenge (bitterness) is given the platform to vent continually in the name of victimhood.

When I think of the impact that the Ortiz family has had through their testimony of grace, it makes me very uncomfortable that so many think it is appropriate for the situation I commented on to be used as a weapon against the Messianic leaders who are pursuing peace at great personal cost.

My position is, Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.  

Messianic Jews speaking at the Christ at the Checkpoint conference is a realm that requires mature, spiritual elders who are not in the midst of dealing with their own personal trauma.  This should be self evident even to those who will make an enemy out of anyone who deals truthfully with this matter.

Biting and devouring each other will not serve as a testimony to Yeshua.  I urge those who are intensely opposed to CatC to guard their hearts and not to speak evil of fellow believers who are not on the same page about this issue as you.

Additional Statement
By including my observations about a local news story that I viewed like an allegory in terms of spiritual principles about handling our intense hurts and traumas in life, I did not mean those comments to be a portrayal of the state of the Israeli terror victim referenced in this article, Kay Wilson.

I saw the news story as a worst case scenario of how unrestrained emotions seeing ourselves as victims cannot serve the process of spiritual reconciliation between fellow believers, and in my view, that lesson applies equally to those at CatC who frame their participation at the event in those terms.

Unfortunately, unscrupulous bloggers have promoted intensely bad feelings over an honest difference of opinions on the issue of Messianic leaders participating in CatC for the purpose of promoting reconciliation.  When there is no respect given for differences of opinion among ourselves, this is what happens.

My comments from the beginning of this conflagration were directed to the U.K. bloggers, and not to Kay Wilson whose ordeal I have covered in my prayer summaries from Israeli ministries from December 18th, 2010 through November  2013.  There was never an intent to hurt this lady as I have been repeatedly and viciously accused.
It is my hope that Kay will accept my consistent goodwill towards her and what she has endured.

I do, however, refuse to bow to the beat down being administered by the bloggers against me.   This statement has nothing to do with their demands for me to apologize but comes from the efforts of a peacemaker in Israel to end this firestorm.

The anonymous bloggers have no respect for each of us to have our own opinion of issues. Their attempts to demonize me and to create a breach in the Body of Messiah by twisting my words are unconscionable.

Kay, you have my personal regret for the misunderstanding between us.
Donna Diorio,
Feb 25, 2013.
Anonymous said…

Congratulations! You have joined the club of the “Weissmanised”. Your benefactor is none other than Embassy Press Officer (we won’t mention which one but suffice it to say, they now know of his online hijinks), Joseph P. Weissman aka Gev, Dudi, et al. For a little background info on your new friend, Joseph P. Weissman, please read here:

Keep reading….he’s there with all his Messianic cohorts like Nick Howard and James Mendelsohn….all Kay Wilson cohorts now, too. You see, they’re all behind spurring Kay on to maximize her victimhood. More on that can be read here:

You, Donna, have bumped into the darkest corner of the blogosphere. There’s no light to be found around here. If you continue, you deserve just what they’ll dish out.

February 27, 2014 at 7:22 AM

Meanwhile, back on Weissman’s own porch….

On Donna Diorio

Posted on February 26, 2014 by 
We welcome Donna Diorio’s expression of regret towards Kay Wilson, and hope this can be the first step towards a greater appreciation of Kay’s dignity in sharing her story to all who will hear – even in the face of criticism and misunderstanding.
Aside from this disagreement, we appreciate Donna’s prayer ministry and insight on a range of issues, and look forward to concentrating on more pressing events in the Messianic world.



  1. I was heartened to read Donna’s expression of regret. Under the circumstances, I was thankful that the RPP bloggers on this site spoke up for me. In so doing, they countered both the inaction of those have remained silent and challenged those who have accused me for speaking against “reconciliation” initiatives disguised by an Islamist agenda. I am appreciative that Donna has taken the time to express regret. I wish both her and RPP the very best as they continue to work hard and alert the public to the more important issues at hand, particularly the subtleties and deceptions of the Islamist agenda.

After news of Joseph P. Weissman’s abusive behaviour found its way to Israel, his transparent attempt to dissuade Messianic elders from breaking fellowship with him, is reproduced below.  We find this attempt to soothe Donna Diorio’s wounds to be shallow, manipulative, and out of self interest.  He maintains his obsessive war on Rev. Stephen Sizer and CATC by proxy and he isn’t fooling anyone.  All attempts to distance RPP from the name Joseph P. Weissman are to no avail.  His various aliases are already well known and documented.

An excellent article by Donna Diorio

Posted on March 2, 2014 by 

Donna has written a great piece on religious social justice, when it isn’t linked to some moral grounding, which I think deserves a wide audience even if you won’t dot every I or cross every T of what she writes here.

The link is available here.This paragraph resonated particularly with me:

If you mention “social justice” to most American Christians today you get a a huffy reaction back because of what the term means politically today in the United States. They don’t realize that God is the One who initiated the concept of social justice. The Bible, especially the Hebrew scriptures are full of God presecriptions for attaining social justice.

I would agree totally that social justice ought to be most relevant to all believers in God, and religious people shouldn’t cede this key concept to non-religious people – rather, the fruit of a good relationship with God ought to be a sound concern for the poor and the downtrodden, and those oppressed – a theme you find throughout the Torah and in the writings of prophets like Isaiah and Malachi.

I would also like to add that whilst there may have been sharp disagreement with Donna over a few issues, I think on reflection this shouldn’t take away from some of the excellent, powerful writing that she produces, and the ministry that she leads with much compassion and time-investment. It is important for Messianic Jews in Israel to know they can lean on people for spiritual and financial support, and Donna helps to personalise the needs of the Messianic community and put names and faces to struggling believers.

The nature of blogging occasionally leads to disagreements – particularly with emotive subjects such as terrorism and its consequences. We felt compelled to defend the integrity of a Jewish terror victim and we always will; it does not mean that we cannot see beyond this disagreement to affirm Donna’s gifts.

Generally, it is worth edifying and building each other up, and we would like to affirm Donna positively and warmly as much as possible, without compromising our convictions.

In that spirit, we encourage you to go read her article.


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  1. Joey Watcher permalink

    Watching Joey try to spin out of this should be designated a new national passtime.

  2. A concerned MJ permalink

    Joseph Weissman is nothing more than an internet troll to most of us Messianic Jews. The MJs who are speaking at CATC know what he’s about. The more Joe and company try to cover up his history or rewrite it by citing pathetic videos by Dexter Van Zile, who doesn’t tell the whole truth about the Sizer incident, the more guilty he looks to the outside world. I know what Joseph Weissman did and I know what he didn’t do. I can’t say how I know, but I can say that he’s not what we want the world to think of us as Messianic Jews. Regardless of Donna Diorio’s errors, his behaviour is not what Messiah taught us.

  3. Watchful Iris permalink

    Found on Donna Diorio’s FB page:

    To the anonymous commenter on “Fence sitting is not in my nature” from Sat March 1:

    Although I appreciate and agree with your comment, I removed it because I do not want to name names. My mention of Kay’s name was only at the urging of the peacemaker in Jerusalem to do so after I said I was NOT going to name names.

    I agree with you that the situation is tragic and that “People of reconciliation need to be wary of them as their whole blog is full of slander and talking down to anyone who disagrees with them.”

    Recently a firestorm broke out between Dr. Michael Brown and John MacArthur over “Strange Fire”. It is a doctrinal disagreement and even though Michael Brown is a professional debater of ideas in conflict, he has not been able to stop the fiery tongues against him.

    Sometimes you just can’t because the rage is not really about you or what you’ve said or done; it is a deeper issue in the person who takes every word and weaponizes it.

    There is no working this out with reasonable words, so I am moving on to other things. A never ending bitter quarrel is not going to be my life.

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