The Temple Mount
To the Editor:
On no occasion has David Bar-Illan bothered to contact us about the charges he has made in his various articles about our report on the Temple Mount killings [“60 Minutes & the Temple Mount,” February]. This from an individual who takes us to task for a failure of journalistic integrity.
The main point we made in our report was: the killing of at least 17 Palestinians that occurred on October 8, 1990 on the Temple Mount was not—as the Israeli government was to claim—the result of an unprovoked attack by a huge mob of rock-throwing Palestinians against thousands of Jewish worshippers at the Western Wall, nor were the Palestinians acting on behalf of Saddam Hussein. Instead, the deaths were a product of panic on the part of Israeli police, plus years of mutual fear and distrust between Palestinians and Jews.
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