I am the "U.S. Jew" referred to in Dan Fisher's article "U.S. Jew Samples Life With Palestinians" (Part I, Aug. 8). Fisher painted an inaccurate picture of my trip to the West Bank, and distorted statements that I made to him. He implied, for instance, that I changed my story and gave conflicting information when I recounted a violent incident I witnessed during my trip: soldiers attacking a high school in Hebron. He used my story as an example of "the danger of exaggeration that even trained observers face in reporting violence." I remember my conversation with Fisher clearly: I told him that from where I stood, facing one side of the school, I saw approximately 100 soldiers, but that accounts I gathered later (from medical personnel and students who had been in the school) indicated that soldiers had been on all sides of the school, and that 300-400 may actually have been involved. I do not think I could have been more responsible in giving these details to Fisher.
Fisher claims I said I did not "see any of the youths who were reportedly treated in hospitals or clinics." What he asked me, was if I had been inside the clinic or hospitals to see the wounded. I was not. Soldiers blocked the roads.I did visit some of those who were injured the following day, in their homes.