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Ed Koch Hit by Rock at Wall

December 19, 1990
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Former New York Mayor Ed Koch was struck in the head by a rock Tuesday while on a walking tour of the Old City with Jerusalem’s Teddy Kollek.

Koch, 66, suffered a minor bruise on his scalp. But he decided to continue the tour.

The incident occurred on David Street, not usually a trouble spot.

Koch, who served three terms as mayor of New York and is an outspoken supporter of Israel, took his stroll with Kollek, an old friend, to demonstrate that the Old City is basically safe.

The stoning clouded that message. But Koch said later that the tour had been an uplifting experience for him, and he urged pilgrims and tourists, Christians and Jews, to come to the city.

The rock-thrower was not apprehended, but Kollek retrieved the rock and gave it to Koch as a souvenir.

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