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+972’s Joseph Dana successfully freed himself from the “Zionist Indoctrination Program” (Updated)


I’m sad to say that, like most Jews who were once enrolled in the “Zionist Indoctrination Program” (ZIP), I have no recollection of the sessions.  

Perhaps the most insidious aspect of ZIP is that it evidently includes a memory erasing procedure which renders the subject unable to recall even a broad outline of what the experience was like.  

I mention this in the context of an event last night, sponsored by the Palestine Society of the University of London’s School of Oriental and Asian Studies (SOAS), called “Palestine: Resistance and Occupation”, which included Joseph Dana, an anti-Israel blogger for +972 Magazine.

Dana characterizes himself as an American Israeli Jew who was brought up in America in a Zionist Indoctrination Programme but who was able to free himself.

Per Richard Millet:

After completing a degree in Israel, also in Jewish history, [Dana] found that the “predominant nationalist rhetoric in Israel was at odds with the secular Judaism” he was trying to explore, specifically the idea of “life on the periphery, marginality and dispossesion”.

Instead, he said, he opened up to the Palestinian narrative and started to visit the West Bank and “observed the protests around the wall and settler violence”. To deal with the “emotional discharge” he started his blog.

He now lives and works in Ramallah reporting and tweeting full-time on the protests.

Of course there is no “predominant nationalist rhetoric” in Ramallah where they name streets after suicide bombers, where children are taught in school to hate Israel and where two Israeli soldiers were lynched, but Dana obviously feels more comfortable there than in Israel for some mystifying reason.

In the Q&A Dana was asked whether Zionism is “the work of the devil

So, Dana, the secular Jew, evidently nonplussed by such a pathological query predicated on the most intolerant, and religiously extreme, understanding of the world, answered as follows:

Dana, unlike me and countless other wretched souls, was able to free himself from Zionist Indoctrination Program, and develop his Jewish identity in an evidently philosemitic Palestinian culture which, to the untrained (ZIP graduate) eye, only seems pathologically antisemitic

Palestinian "Judeophiles" lynch Israeli Jews

When asked by Richard Millett about the Hamas charter which calls for the killing of Jews, and cites the Protocols of the Elders of Zion as “proof” that Jews indeed are trying to take over the world, Dana responded:

“Almost everything we can accuse Hamas of we can find the equal and sometimes worse situation inside of Israel.”

So, in summary, in the world according to +972’s Joseph Dana, a true free-thinker and liberal multiculturalist, unburden by the malevolent Zionist grip:

Most Jews are victims of a stealth community re-education program to indoctrinate them with Zionist values.

Palestinian culture is uniquely hospitable to those seeking to develop their Jewish identity.

Hamas Islamist ideology is morally equivalent, or superior, to Jewish nationalism. 

In fairness, though, the sober, thoughtful Dana is not yet prepared to characterize Zionism as “the work of the devil”.

UPDATE on Nov. 20: Dana questioned the veracity of Millett’s account of his answer about Hamas, during the Q&A at the SOAS event, (during a Twitter exchange today) so, here is a link to the audio proving the accuracy of Millett’s post.)

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  1. Dana is one heck of a solipsist. In his latest post at +972 he places himself at the center of the police crackdown of Occupy Pittsburgh when he gave a talk on behalf of Students for Justice in Palestine: “Police crack down on my talk (in Pittsburgh not Palestine.”

  2. What’s there to say?

    That particular photograph was what turned my attention towards Israel which I hadn’t thought much about for a very long time.

    My immediate thought was: I don’t want to live in a world like this.
    And despite the horror and the outrage at that evil – it was far worse than bestiality – it was followed in a very short time by Israelis not happily but honestly preparing to share Jerusalem with the malefactors.

    What is there to do with such people but be with them in whatever way one can.

    [Adam, if that video isn’t formatted properly will you please correct it?
    Toda raba!]

  3. “Palestinian culture is uniquely hospitable to those seeking to develop their Jewish identity.”

    I assume that by “develop” he means erase.

    • There are those from abroad who attend special university courses in the English language in Israel, and find to their amazement that they aren’t part of the campus scene. They don’t speak the local language fluently enough and they don’t get the jokes. They feel alienated.

      Rather than work at the language as the successful ones do, they gravitate towards the other rejects, eventually landing up right outside Israel and outside Jewish culture. It’s noticeable that they often have learning difficulties or are dyslexic, slowing up their absorption into a foreign culture. Among the Palestinians they aren’t expected to learn Arabic and so the few phrases that they do pick up are brandished about with much pride.

      Thereafter they are ‘experts’ on the basis of a few months spent in Ramallah with the other ex-pats and lefties.

    • And Socialist/Guardian culture is uniquely hospitable to those seeking to erase their Jewish or Christian identity.

  4. can someone please inform dana that one cannot create a religion that is based on hatred of other jews and then call it judaism?

  5. This Dana chap speaks utter tripe. His potted vesion of Zionism to mean something that it isn’t – a failed dream (in his humble opinion). It’s beyond me. What he knew “before” , he considers to be indoctrination assuming that he knew anything at all. That the “other ” version of events is totally true on the basis that he is not convinced by the correctness of Israel. What did this guy study? What did he learn from his studies? Jaw jaw, yawn. Absolutely zero substance. The Israelis have a word for him: a klumnik!

  6. I think it’s time for there to be some research into whether there is a collection of unique personality characteristics which Dana shares with other Jews who not only can find nothing right about Israel’s existence, but also seek actively to undermine it.

    I am getting more and more tired of the samey nature of their arguments – that they had been brainwashed and now have seen the light, that, “asJews” they believe it to be their bounden duty to excoriate Israel because they alone know what they are talking about.

    I would imagine that a profound sense of exclusion and alienation would be a first-order predisposing factors (which seem to me to follow on from Gerald Kreeve’s analysis above) but, instead of looking to themselves and their attitudes as being a large part of the problem they quickly, and immaturely externalise blame onto everyone else.

    As Gerald suggests, they feel that they don’t belong but that they should, magically, and without having to make any effort to do so.

    The following illustrates the extent of his delusion:

    “Palestinian culture is uniquely hospitable to those seeking to develop their Jewish identity.”

    Is he arguing that this applies to every part of Palestinian culture? If so, he should go and live in Gaza, under the benign, Jewish identity-loving Hamas, to prove it.

  7. Clearly, the following line is not contained in Dana’s words:
    “Hamas Islamist ideology is morally equivalent, or superior, to Jewish nationalism.”

    Can Adam prove this sentence anywhere in Dana’s words?

  8. Clearly, the following line is not contained in Dana’s words:
    “Hamas Islamist ideology is morally equivalent, or superior, to Jewish nationalism.”

    Can Adam prove this sentence anywhere in Dana’s words?

    • Did you listen to the audio?

      He says:

      israeli racism is as “aborrent” as hamas racism.

      and

      “Almost everything we can accuse Hamas of we can find the equal and sometimes worse situation inside of Israel.”

      Are you seriously arguing that Dana is not indeed suggesting a moral equivalence between Israel and Hamas?

  9. From your other post, you remove the ideology tweet. Why?

    Here, Dana’s referring to a passage from our post, in which we cited his comments regarding Hamas, which can be heard clearly in this audio, and this video, which Millett provided.

    “Almost everything we can accuse Hamas of we can find the equal and sometimes worse situation inside of Israel.”

    BUT you left out this one, which is still in the last post:

    “The racism of Israel is on an equal platform [with Hamas]“Hamas Islamist ideology is morally equivalent, or superior, to Jewish nationalism.

    This was exactly the point you did not justify with facts. Why did you do that?

    • Avi, please listen to the audio, from 1:20 to 3:07. Dana says precisely this. That Hamas racism is on an equal platform with Israeli racism, and further implies that Israeli racism is worse, because Israel is strong militarily and, presumably, therefore has the capacity to act on the racism.

  10. Adam, surely you are smart enough to understand what a big hole is left in your argument, right? Ehud, Yoav and Avi make a good point. I hope that you can response because this site is a real treasure of facts that combat bad people

  11. Why can’t you understand that slowly stealing land from people who have lived on it for generations (and bulldozing their homes) will make them angry and is unjust?
    Why can’t you understand that seeing this and speaking of it does not make the speaker an antisemite?
    Why can’t you just compromise and make peace?
    Why can’t you stop treating the Palestinians the way you were treated in Germany in the 1930’s? Does it make you feel better?
    Why can’t you stop being victims and start realizing that you are the perpetrators?